Whitelaw Reid Academy of Arts and Business
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Classes in dance, visual arts and theater
High rates of absenteeism
MS 57, also known as the Ron Brown Academy, is a tiny middle school in Bedford Stuyvesant that offers classes in dance, visual arts and theater. Students may make visits to cultural organizations, attend Broadway shows, and have resident artists as mentors, according to the Annual Arts in School Report.
The school faces many challenges. It has long struggled with low enrollment. Most students enter with weak academic skills. Attendance is poor, and many students miss more than a month of school. On the positive side, students say they feel safe, according to school surveys.
Admissions: District 16 choice. (Clara Hemphill, web reports, April 2019)Read more