William Cullen Bryant High School

Grades 9-12

What’s Special

Wide variety of extra-curricular activities and many sports teams

The Downside

Many graduates need remedial courses in college

Our Review

William Cullen Bryant is a large, comprehensive high school with academic programs in business, math and science research, humanities, and law. It offers students a nice selection of electives, sports and extra-curricular activities, but faces tough challenges including low graduation rates and many students arriving ill-prepared for high school work. Bryant has many recent immigrants and English language learners.


In 2011, the Department of Education (DOE) identified Bryant as a low performing school. Rather than close the school, the DOE chose to reorganize it into small learning communities and appoint a new principal, Namita Dwarka who is a graduate of Bryant and a former assistant principal of Art and Design High School. A year later the DOE changed course, deciding to close Bryant at the end of 2011-12 and then reopen in it in September 2012 under a new name, headed by Dwarka but removing half the staff. Legal action against the city put those plans on hold so Bryant remains open, keeping its name and much of its faculty.


Staff interviewed at the high school fair said that Bryant is much calmer since the reorganization. However there are some tensions between administration and staff over Dwarkas efforts to remove teachers she considered inadequate. Responses to the Learning Environment Survey show that half the faculty supports Dwarka and half find her ineffective. Students and staff say the school is safe and it has no metal detectors.


Bryant is organized into six academies. Most 9th-graders enroll in the freshman academy designed to help ease students transition to high school. Freshmen Academy students attend daily advisory classes that focus on developing social and study skills. Starting in 10th grade, students enroll in one of the four themed programs. Recent immigrants who are learning English enroll in the Newcomers Academy that has dedicated classes for English language learners in all subjects.

Advanced Placement Courses are offered in calculus (AB and BC), chemistry, physics, English, Spanish and both American and global history. Students may take classes for college credit at La Guardia Community College. Law Academy students may also take classes at John Jay College.

There are many sports teams and a nice selection of activities such as the literary magazine, math research, Model UN, mock trial as well as cultural-themed options including African-American, Arab, Greek, Nepali and Tibetan clubs. Bryant is particularly strong in the performing arts with several bands and choirs, a dance company and drama club.

The opportunities are endless and you meet new people when you get involved in extra-curriculars, said a 10th-grader.

Special education: The school offers a range of special education services, including "self-contained" classes (students with special needs only) and team teaching" classes, which mix general education and special education students.

College admissions: Most graduates who attend college enroll in CUNY and SUNY schools. Many must take remedial courses at CUNY because of low scores on Regents exams, SATs or college prep course.

Admissions: Zoned students have priority admissions to the school, but not to a specific themed program. Queens residents have priority consideration for the themed programs. Students must meet additional criteria for admissions that vary by program. (Laura Zingmond, statistics and interviews at high school fair, January, 2013).

About the students

Enrollment
2386
Asian
25.7%
Black
6.8%
Hispanic
51.2%
White
14.8%
Other
1.6%
Free or reduced priced lunch
79%
Students with disabilities
14%
English language learners
16%
Male
55%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
93%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
91%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
24%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
46%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
42%
37% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
77%
85% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
52%
57% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
4.8
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
38%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
65%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
42%
80% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
74%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
51%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
44%
86% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 11 dedicated spaces for Dance, Music, Theater, Visual arts, and Media arts
This school has 11 licensed arts teacher in Dance, Music, Theater and Visual arts

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
82%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
52%
54% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
80%
71% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
69%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
13%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
10%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
34%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
48%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
63%
63% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

This school offers Transitional Bilingual Education in Spanish.
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
53%
65% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
63%
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
86%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
91%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
91%
90% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
44%
60% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Forensic Science and Law Academy
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description

Students are introduced to the forensic and legal processes of criminalistics, and study cases of crimes and law enforcement. Courses begin in the ninth grade and continue with exposure to the newest techniques in forensics, ballistics, handwriting analysis, applied law, and technology.

Business and Technology Institute
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description

Students will graduate with the life skills necessary to succeed in both academic and social settings. They will apply their business and technology experiences in the ever-changing 21st century.

Performing Arts Institute
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description

Students will be offered a variety of intensive performing arts courses in dance, music, and theater. The program will expose students to content-related electives, AP courses, College Now, a multitude of performance opportunities, and sequenced courses with a rigorous academic curriculum that supports students' studies in the arts. The culmination of the program's successful completion is an advanced Regents diploma with a content-related certificate.

AVID
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description

Designed to prepare students for college.

Math and Science Academy
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description

Focuses on students' development of math and science research techniques, along with critical and analytical thinking skills. Students engage in individual projects, competitions, and trips to colleges and university research seminars. Students experience emergency service training including an EMT introduction course and multiple AP courses.

Zoned
Admissions Method: Zoned Guarantee
Program Description

Academics

Language Courses

French, Greek, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics, AP Spanish, AP Statistics, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP U.S. History, AP World History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Football, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Flag Football, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

Coed PSAL teams

Cricket

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Location

48-10 31st Avenue
Astoria NY 11103
Astoria (District 30)
Trains: M, R to 46th St
Buses: Q101, Q104, Q18, Q66

Contact

Phone
718-721-5404
Principal
Namita Dwarka
Parent Coordinator
Yamile Manrique

Zone for the 2017-2018 school year. Call school to confirm.