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North Bronx School of Empowerment

Grades: 6-8
3710 Barnes Avenue
Bronx NY 10467
Phone: 718-652-0519
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Our Insights

What’s Special

Free after school program

The Downside

Poor attendance; concerns about discipline and order

North Bronx School of Empowerment (formerly the FORWARD School of Creative Writing) was founded in 2005, one of three small schools that replaced the MS 113 that year. In 2017 North Bronx merged with Young Scholar’s Academy, more than doubling its size, keeping the North Bronx School of Empowerment name and its principal Magdalen Neyra. 

The school offers visual art and music during the school day, and dance, Step, drumming and sports in a free after school program run by New York Edge. Phipps Neighborhoods host workshops and celebrations for students and families, and provide social and academic support.  

The school faces challenges: attendance is poor and some students miss a month or more of school. Many teachers complain of a lack of discipline and order on school surveys. Suspensions are far above the citywide average in the most recently available data. 

North Bronx has been working to improve discipline and order, according to school’s annual plan (Comprehensive Educational Plan). Teachers use Restorative Practices to help teens learn to talk through conflicts before they escalate, as well as Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports, which can bring coherence to the school-wide approach to discipline.

Data shows test scores are moving in the right direction but the school has a long ways to go. The overwhelming majority of the students are performing below grade level. North Bronx works with the Middle School Quality Initiative, a program that research shows boosts reading skills. Students meet in reading clubs three times a week tailored to their individual reading levels. New York Edge also provides assistance with reading.

North Bronx School of Empowerment shares the Richard R. Green Middle School campus building with Leaders of Tomorrow.

Admissions: District 11. There has been room for everyone who applied in recent years. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, April 2019)

 

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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?
18%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
62%
82% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
76%
52% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
66%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
33%
81% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
5%
3% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
64%
74% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
3.9

How do students perform academically?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
10%
37% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
19%
42% Citywide Average

From 2018 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
Bronx Lab School
Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I, Living Environment, US History

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
8%
31% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
563
Asian
4%
Black
57%
Hispanic
35%
White
2%
Other
2%
Free or reduced priced lunch
88%
Students with disabilities
26%
English language learners
14%

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
89%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
37%
23% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Uniforms required?
No

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
4%
14% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
4%
15% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
0%
14% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
2%
6% Citywide Average


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

Contact & Location

Location

Williamsbridge (District 11)
Trains: 2 Line, 5 Line to 219th St
Buses: Bx28, Bx30, Bx38, Bx39, Bx41, Bx41-SBS, Bx8, BxM11

Contact

Principal
Magdalen Neyra
Parent Coordinator
Margarita Muley

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with the Young Scholars Academy of the Bronx and Leaders of Tomorrow
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No

Zone for the 2019-2020 school year. Call school to confirm.

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