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Bronx Academy of Promise Charter School

Grades: K-8
Noteworthy
1349 Inwood Avenue
Bronx NY 10452
Phone: 718-293-6950

Our Insights

What’s Special

Strong track record in all areas

The Downside

Limited after school options

Opened in September 2008, the Bronx Academy of Promise Charter School is well-run kindergarten through 8th grade school with a strong record of attendance, above average test scores in reading and math, and a positive school culture. Teachers overwhelmingly recommend the school to new families. 

Most students arrive early enough for an 8 am breakfast, dressed in their school uniform of a light blue polo shirt with the school's logo and navy blue bottoms. The school sets a consistent tone; mornings begin with a guided mindfulness exercise, according to the school handbook, which is posted online in English and Spanish. Behavior expectations are posted in each classroom.

Unlike most charter schools, Bronx Academy does not have an extended school day: classes run from 8:30 am to 3:15 pm. Students may participate in math club, chess club or glee club after school. The school follows the Department of Education's school schedule from September to June, but there is a summer program to help children catch up on skills. Along with core subjects, such as math, social studies and science, students receive instruction in art, music, technology and gym. 

Principal Catherine Jackvony took the helm in 2011 and is credited with turning the school around following a revolving door of principals. She gave teachers and students more say in the learning and culture, according to an interview in DNAinfo. When teachers said they didn’t like the math program, she allowed staff to vote on a new one to use; when students said they didn’t like the cafeteria food, she hired a chef from a Manhattan restaurant, who had a young family, and wanted to get on a school schedule like his kids.

Teachers are loyal and tend to stay and build their careers here. Working in teams, they have become skilled at using test data to inform instruction, according to board meeting minutes. The school uses Envision Math and Guided Math, which emphasize hands-on and visual learning at a child’s own pace. Students drill math facts so they can speedily add, subtract, multiply and divide, but also develop the ability to use a variety of math skills to solve complex problems. The reading program is a combination of individual, large and small group work to build skills.

Unlike many city schools, there are no high school-level Regents classes for 8th graders, such as algebra. These courses can give students a jump-start on high school, which can set them up for the higher-level classes by the time they reach the 11th and 12th grade.

ADMISSIONS: Bronx Academy of Promise Charter School selects its students by lottery, with preference given to District 9 students. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, March 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?
97%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
96%
84% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
27%
51% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
100%
78% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
97%
78% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
1%
2% Citywide Average
Teacher turnover rate
24%
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?
76%
54% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
66%
50% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
53%
46% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
52%
51% Citywide Average

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
0%
32% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
599
Asian
2%
Black
39%
Hispanic
57%
White
0%
Other
1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
94%
Students with disabilities
15%
English language learners
9%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
95%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
14%
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?
38%
25% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
42%
22% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
41%
24% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
23%
16% Citywide Average


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Contact & Location

Location

Concourse (District 9)
Trains: 4 Line, B Line, D Line to 170th St
Buses: Bx1, Bx2, Bx11, Bx18

Contact

Principal
Catherine Jackvony/Denise Schiraldi

Other Details

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

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