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School of Performing Arts

Grades: 6-8
977 Fox Street
Bronx NY 10459
Phone: 718-589-4844

Our Insights

What’s Special

Alvin Ailey dance

The Downside

Poor attendance

The School of Performing Arts, also known as IS 217, offers dance classes as part of AlvinDance Kids, an extension Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Children also study keyboard, drums, and guitar, according to the school’s Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP).

The school faces many challenges. About half the students are at least two years behind grade level in reading and one-quarter are overage, according to the CEP. Some are Spanish speakers who are still learning English. Many live in temporary housing and some are in foster care. Attendance is poor and many children miss more than a month of school.

IS 217 was one of two schools created when IS 116, a big, struggling middle school, closed in September 2002. One of those schools, IS 216, was phased out due to poor performance eight years later. 

IS 217 shares a building with Accion Academy, New York Center for Autism Charter School Bronx and the South Bronx Classical Charter School.

Admissions: A zoned school, IS 217 also admits students who live anywhere in the Bronx. (Clara Hemphill, web reports, May 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 the 2022-2023 NYC School Survey

How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
78% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
59% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
84% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
82% Citywide Average

From the 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
4% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2023 End-of-year Attendance and Chronic Absenteeism Report

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
80% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From the New York State 2022-2023 Assessment Database

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
46% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
51% Citywide Average

From the 2022-23 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
89% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From the 2022-23 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From the 2022-23 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
91% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
34% Citywide Average

From the 2020 School Directories

Uniforms required?

How does this school serve special populations?

From the New York State 2022-2023 Assessment Database

How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
15% Citywide Average

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

Contact & Location


Hunts Point (District 12)
Trains: 6 Line to Hunts Point Ave; 2 Line, 5 Line to Intervale Ave
Buses: Bx11, Bx17, Bx19, Bx27, Bx35, Bx4, Bx46, Bx4A, Bx5, Bx6


Dionne Williams
Parent Coordinator
Brianna Gutierrez

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the building with the South Bronx Classical Charter School and Accion Academy
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?

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

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