Nuasin Next Generation Charter School

Grades: K-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

Individual attention

The Downside

Teacher turnover


Founded in 2010, Metropolitan Lighthouse Charter School in Highbridge, a few blocks from Yankee Stadium, offers a longer-than-usual school year and day and a college-preparatory program rich in the arts. It has been expanding to serve students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

The school is one of two in New York operated by Lighthouse Academies, a charter network that also runs schools in Arkansas and Indiana. (The other is Bronx Lighthouse Charter School, a k-12 school in Longwood.)  High school students can choose a business track offering coursework in marketing, management, finance, and economics projects and problems, or a technology track, covering fundamentals of computer usage and programming with an opportunity to take the Advanced Placement test in computer science.

 A small school with only about 50 students per grade, Metropolitan Lighthouse seeks to provide all children with individual attention in classes of 20 to 24 students. To create a sense of community, students belong to a house with members spanning grade levels. On its website, the school says it believes education should “be organized around learning and personal development, not around compliance and discipline,” and that students who fall short of standards deserve second chances.

 Test scores are below average, particularly for students with special needs. In a Department of Education survey, teachers gave the school low marks for maintaining order and discipline and saw bullying as a problem. The school has a very high teacher turnover rate, according to the state Education Department.

Metropolitan moved to its current facility in 2014. The building was obtained with support from former tennis star Andre Agassi who has built facilities for a number of charter schools around the country.

ADMISSIONS: by lottery. (Gail Robinson, school website and other web reports, June 2020)


School Stats


How many students graduate in 4 years?
Average daily attendance
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey


Number of students
844 Citywide Average


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

How many students were suspended?
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
Years of principal experience at this school
8 Citywide Average

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2020-21 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 NY State Report Card, 2021 Guidance Counselor Report and this school's most recent Quality Review Report

College Readiness

How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Contact & Location


180 West 165th Street
Bronx NY 10452

Trains: 4 Line to 167th St

Buses: Bx13, Bx35


Principal: Tyra Williams/Kurt Davidson


Other Details

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No


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