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Bronx High School for Writing and Communication Arts

Grades: 9-12
800 East Gun Hill Road
Bronx NY 10467
Phone: 718-944-5660

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)

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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe and well-run?

From 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
96%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
88%
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
35%
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
100%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
96%
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2%
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
65%
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
8.0

How do students perform academically?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
71%
82% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
34%
48% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
20%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
50%
67% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
317
Asian
5%
Black
48%
Hispanic
44%
White
2%
Other
2%
Free or reduced priced lunch
71%
Students with disabilities
24%
English language learners
15%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
84%
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
40%
38% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
56%
66% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
59%
68% Citywide Average


For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Programs & Admissions

From the 2020 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.

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

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

Sports

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

Williamsbridge (District 11)
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
Deborah Agosto

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Evander Childs Educational Campus with five other schools
Metal detectors?
Yes

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