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Boys Prep Bronx Charter School

Grades: Pre-K, K-7
Staff Pick
192 E 151st Street
Bronx NY 10451
Phone: 718-742-4321

Our Insights

What’s Special

All-boys school with a focus on science

The Downside

Long wait list; high teacher turnover

Boys Prep Bronx Charter School seeks to empower and educate boys in a single-sex setting. The school offers an unusual five days a week of science, five special classes that include violin, dance and vocal music, and a nice selection of sports such as flag football, soccer and track.

The school day is longer than usual, from 8 am to 3:10 pm. Drop off starts as early as 7:05 am and students in grades 1-6 may stay for after school activities, for a small monthly fee, until 6 pm. 

The longer school day allows students to spend extra time on reading and math lessons. All students spend time daily on “close reading” the practice of reading carefully, with a teacher’s guidance, and taking notes, to glean the deepest meaning from a text.

Math and science are project-based and filled with hands-on activities. For math, students spend one of two periods each day dissecting and solving  complex problems and presenting their strategies to the class. State test scores in reading and math are strong, including for children with disabilities.

The tone is cheerful and warm. Boys are greeted by name as they arrive for the day, receiving hugs and handshakes. Students gather weekly for a meeting, during which teachers honor the “scholar of the week” from each class. The principal also notes special efforts, for example, the child battling asthma who still manages to get to school.

“We teach empathy,” said principal Khalek Kirkland, who took the helm in 2018, “and not just in words.” 

Boys Prep finds ways to give students individual help to boost academics. Three teachers take between 2-4 kids out of class to work on reading as often as five times a week. A large 6th grade math class was split into three smaller groups at the time of our visit. 

The school has two co-ed pre-kindergarten classes (called PrePrep) and has launched a program for 18-month-old siblings of older students, in which a staffer goes into the family’s home twice a week to promote reading. 

Founded in 2014, the school is modeled on Girls Prep Lower East Side, the first all-girls charter school in New York City. Public prep charters differ from charters with very strict codes of conduct by favoring more input from teachers and a more relaxed atmosphere, said Josie Carbone, founding principal of Girls Prep Bronx, who has moved on to a position of leadership in the Public Prep network. A second Girls Prep will open in 2020.

A downside: Teacher turnover is high, though staffers can find good opportunities for growth here, such as the teacher’s assistant who became the dance teacher. “Teaching at a boy’s school isn’t for everyone,” Kirkland said. 

SPECIAL EDUCATION: Children with disabilities receive plenty of individual help and make good progress, state test scores show. There are speech, physical and occupational therapists on staff.

ADMISSIONS: By lottery. The school is committed to filling every space that opens up, including mid-year. Most students continue in the middle school. Roughly 1600 applicants apply for various grades including the 125 kindergarten seats. (Lydie Raschka, February 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?
63%
71% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
83%
78% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
71%
78% 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?
66%
54% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
49%
50% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
575
Asian
1%
Black
46%
Hispanic
50%
White
2%
Other
1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
87%
Students with disabilities
21%
English language learners
5%
Pre-K seats
39

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
91%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
33%
23% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Uniforms required?
Yes

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?
36%
25% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
27%
22% Citywide Average


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Contact & Location

Location

Concourse (District 8)

Contact

Principal
Dr. Khalek Kirkland

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with PS 107
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No

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