Bronx High School for Writing and Communication Arts

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

Four year Drama program

The Downside

Poor Attendance

At this small school, housed in the Evander Childs Campus, students take part in a drama program all four years of high school, which may be incorporated with their English and history classes. The school has partnerships with Epic Theatre Ensemble, DC-TV and Community Word Project to support student artists.

Students may take part in a film-making program, learning how to use film equipment, or iMovie and other film editing software in class. Each classroom is equipped with Apple computers or tablets to integrate technology in all subject areas.

Students have good interactions with their teachers and generally feel safe, according to the NYC School Survey results. However, most students enter with weak academic skills and attendance is very low.  

Students may take part in the many sports teams on the Evander Childs campus, and share facilities like the library, gym and cafeteria with other schools in the building.  

Admissions: Open admissions, in recent years this school has had room for all students who want to attend. (Melanie Quiroz, November 2018, web reports and DOE data)

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
73%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
59%
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
 
65%
Average daily attendance
 
88%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
29%
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

235
Number of students
624 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
82%
Students with disabilities
 
25%
Multilingual learners
 
15%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
3%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
88%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
34%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
16%
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

School
Citywide
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
 
95%
10.0
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
100
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
157 Citywide Average

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity


How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
 
90%
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2020-21 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 NY State Report Card, 2021 Guidance Counselor Report and this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Advanced Courses

Which students have access to advanced courses at this school? Learn more

Calculus

Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science

 
10%

Physics

Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
22%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
6%

Music

Not offered in 2019-20
From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2019-20 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

School
Citywide
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
 
32%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
59%
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
48%
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
How many graduates of this school received Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) funding to attend a NYS college?
 
57%
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2014 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

Bronx High School for Writing & Communication Arts

Admissions Method: Open

Program Description:

We offer a thriving arts program by teaching drama and integrating theater into our English and history classes. We also teach students how to make movies using actual film equipment in our after school program with DC-TV film. Students make movies using iMovie and other applications on their iPads in class. Each student has an iPad, each teacher has a Macbook, and each classroom is equipped with Apple TV. Technology is deeply integrated in math, science, English, and social studies classes.

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

French, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP United States History, AP English Literature and Composition, AP English Language and Composition, AP Environmental Science

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Swimming

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Cross Country, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Softball, Swimming, Volleyball

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location

Location

800 East Gun Hill Road
Bronx NY 10467

Trains: 2 Line, 5 Line to Gun Hill Rd

Buses: Bx28, Bx30, Bx38, Bx39, Bx41, Bx41-SBS, Bx8, BxM11


Contact

Principal: Terri Grey

Parent Coordinator: Terri Grey

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Evander Childs Educational Campus with five other schools

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes

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