Computer science; partnership with the Bronx Zoo
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)
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Faculty & Staff
CalculusNot offered in 2019-20
Advanced Foreign Language
AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science
AP/IB Math or Science
MusicNot offered in 2019-20
Programs & AdmissionsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
Academy for Excellence
An accelerated Regents testing program that enables students to earn Advanced Regents Diplomas and become eligible to take AP tests and college level courses.
OfferingsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
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
Girls PSAL teams
Contact & Location
1122 East 180th Street
Bronx NY 10460
Trains: , to East 180th St
Buses: Bx21, Bx36, Bx40, Bx42, Bx9, BxM10, BxM6, Q44-SBS
This school is in its own building.