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Bronx Community Charter School

Grades: K-8
3170 Webster Avenue
Bronx NY 10467
Phone: 718-584-1400

Our Insights

What’s Special

Hands-on and small group work; community projects; inviting facility

The Downside

No gym or school library

Unlike many of the city’s charter schools, Bronx Community Charter is not part of a charter network, does not share space with another school, has an informal atmosphere and emphasizes arts and hands-on experience.

Founded in 2008 and now housed in an airy light-filled building, the school was designed to serve children in the North Bronx who might otherwise not have access to this type of education. "So much of education for poor and working-class kids is to be followers," while Bronx Community strives "to give kids a sense of power," co-director and co-founder Sasha Wilson has said.

To achieve this, the school, according to its website, arranges the day in large blocks of time, so children can do individual and group work. Students write throughout the day and participate in a writing workshops at least three times a week. They also work with a visual arts teacher three times a week and a drama teacher twice a week and participate in a weekly all-school sing. Other hands-on experiences include cooking, working with materials such as paper, scissors and glue, building with blocks and creating plays. Teachers conduct lessons outside the classroom going to places such as the nearby Bronx River. One year all the children spent weeks exploring different aspects of the Bronx Community's Norwood neighborhood, culminating in an exhibition at the school.

There are two or three classrooms, each with two teachers, for each grade. Test scores are somewhat below average, perhaps reflecting Bronx Community Charter's progressive education approach and the school's decision not to emphasize test prep.

Bronx Community charter shares its building with a medical facility. That building, designed to meet Bronx Community's specifications, offers open communal spaces where families, students and teachers interact, a rooftop play area, sun-filled central stairwell and cozy nooks where students can have a bit of quiet time.

ADMISSIONS: Bronx Community selects its student by lottery with priority going  to siblings of current students and District 10 students. (Gail Robinson, from school and DOE reports; May 2020)

 

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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?
62%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
88%
84% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
49%
51% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
71%
78% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
85%
78% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
1%
2% Citywide Average
Teacher turnover rate
15%
34% Citywide Average

How do students perform academically?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
42%
54% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
38%
50% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
24%
46% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
41%
51% Citywide Average

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
47%
32% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
508
Asian
4%
Black
24%
Hispanic
68%
White
4%
Other
1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
88%
Students with disabilities
22%
English language learners
17%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
94%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
16%
23% Citywide Average

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?
15%
25% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
18%
22% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
24%
24% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
9%
16% Citywide Average


For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Contact & Location

Location

Norwood (District 10)
Trains: D Line to Norwood-205th St
Buses: Bx10, Bx16, Bx28, Bx30, Bx34, Bx38

Contact

Principal
Martha Andrews/Sasha Wilson

Other Details

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?
No

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