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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 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
41%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
57%
82% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
75%
52% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
63%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
57%
81% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
1%
3% 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?
38%
75% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
3.2

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?
17%
37% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
14%
42% Citywide Average

From 2018 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
Frederick Douglass Academy

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
0%
32% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
343
Asian
1%
Black
35%
Hispanic
59%
White
2%
Other
3%
Free or reduced priced lunch
95%
Students with disabilities
35%
English language learners
17%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
90%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
35%
23% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Uniforms required?
Yes

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?
3%
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?
5%
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

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

Contact

Principal
Dionne Williams
Parent Coordinator
Julia Ortiz

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with the South Bronx Classical Charter School, New York Center for Autism Charter School Bronx, and Entrada Academy
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No

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

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