Wings Academy

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

Computer science; partnership with the Bronx Zoo

The Downside

Poor attendance; low on-time graduation rate

Wings Academy offers an Advanced Placement computer science program, including internships in Manhattan tech companies, and a partnership with the nearby Bronx Zoo. Students with severe disabilities may receive job training and all students receive lots of support.

However, attendance is poor and the graduation rate is well below the citywide average.  

Many students arrive in 9th grade with weak academic skills and many have established a habit of missing school, said Assistant Principal Merwin Pond. To encourage better attendance, guidance counselors meet students weekly and make home visits. If students miss a class, teachers contact parents right away during the class time.    

The suspension rate is higher than the citywide average and the administration is working on alternatives to encourage good behavior. Students who follow the rules earn “Wings money” which they convert into snacks and privileges. Students who bring phones to school wear a magnetized pouch so they can hang onto the phone, but not use it until the end of the day.

Principal Tuwanna Williams-Gray took the helm in 2013, after serving as assistant principal at Boys and Girls High School. Most teachers report on school surveys that she is a good manager.

Housed in a former factory, Wings Academy draws a “typical Bronx mix” of African American, Dominican, Puerto Rican, Honduran, Guyanese-Indian and West African students, according to Pond. Proximity to the 2 and 5 subway lines makes it easy for students to commute. 

The Beacon program assists with attendance and college-readiness, and arranges college trips throughout the year. They offer cheerleading and dance in their after school program. Wings staffers mentor seniors “to help them get through,” to graduation, Pond said.  

A long-time college advisor oversees the college application process. She tries to make sure everyone leaves with a plan, whether it’s school, work or the military. She keeps in touch with graduates even after they leave Wings, such as making sure they sign up for college classes.

Students take college trips to Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Albany. Graduates attend a range of two- and four-year colleges both public and private, Pond said. 

Special education: The Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation program (ACCES-VR) helps individuals with disabilities find and maintain employment through a range of vocational and independent living services. This may include technology training or getting a local diploma or finding a local independent living center, “so they’re not just abandoned after high school,” Pond said. 

Admissions:  Educational option admits a range of low-, middle- and high-achievers. Admitted students are assessed in math and writing and those who “can move a little quicker” are placed in one class, Pond said. (Lydie Raschka, interview and web reports, November 2018)

 

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
48%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
41%
Average daily attendance
 
78%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
56%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2019-20 NYC School Survey

Students

345
Number of students
644 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
89%
Students with disabilities
 
29%
Multilingual learners
 
7%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
1%
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
 
45%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
65%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
53%
From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

School
Citywide
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
 
80%
0.6
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
197
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
157 Citywide Average
How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
 
78%
Are teachers effective?
From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey, 2019-20 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 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

 
4%

Physics

 
11%

Advanced Foreign Language

 
5%

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
31%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
14%

Music

Not offered in 2019-20
From unpublished, anonymized data from the class of 2019-20 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?
 
13%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
11%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
51%
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?
 
53%
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2011-12 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

Academy for Excellence

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

An accelerated Regents testing program that enables students to earn Advanced Regents Diplomas and become eligible to take AP tests and college level courses.

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

Mandarin, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English Literature and Composition, AP Computer Science Principles, AP United States History, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP Spanish Language and Culture

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Softball

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

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location

Location

1122 East 180th Street
Bronx NY 10460

Trains: 2 Line, 5 Line to East 180th St

Buses: Bx21, Bx36, Bx40, Bx42, Bx9, BxM10, BxM6, Q44-SBS


Contact

Principal: Salvador Contes Jr

Parent Coordinator: Nydia Claudio

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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