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South Bronx Classical Charter School III

Grades: K-5
Noteworthy
3458 Third Avenue
Bronx NY 10456
Phone: 929-285-3025

Our Insights

What’s Special

Students study Latin and learn to debate

The Downside

Above average suspension rate; strict behavior code may not appeal to some

Opened in 2015, South Bronx Classical III (SBC III) is part of small network of a high-performing charter schools. It is modelled after the original South Bronx Classical Charter, which was founded in 2004 by Lester Long, a former investment banker and elementary school teacher. The school is expanding by one grade a year until it reaches capacity serving grades K to 8.

Like all the schools in the network, SBC III’s school day and school year run longer than in traditional public schools. Class sizes are kept small with 20 students or less. Latin instruction begins in 3rd grade; debate classes start in 5th grade. There’s a heavy emphasis on learning facts and honing skills and by the time students are in middle school, they’re tackling challenging work.

Children wear uniforms and must adhere to a strict behavior code. The upside is that little time is wasted in transitions between lessons; the drawback is that the school has an above-average suspension rate. During our visit to the original South Bronx Classical school, we observed that when listening to the teacher, children were expected to sit up straight with hands folded on the desk; a student may be admonished for behavior such as eye-rolling or that’s interpreted to be whining or talking back.

Students may participate in activities such as sports, yoga, music and art, according to the school’s website.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: Special education teachers, learning specialists and speech pathologists work with children individually and in small groups.

ADMISSIONS: Admissions is by lottery. Priority is given to  District 12 residents. (Laura Zingmond, web reports, January 2020; photo from school website)

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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?
100%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
90%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
90%
83% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
4%
1% Citywide Average
Teacher turnover rate
29%
35% 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?
100%
51% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
99%
49% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
323
Asian
2%
Black
53%
Hispanic
41%
White
1%
Other
3%
Free or reduced priced lunch
90%
Students with disabilities
10%
English language learners
18%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
95%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
11%
25% 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?
100%
28% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
100%
23% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
100%
28% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
100%
17% Citywide Average


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

Contact & Location

Location

Morrisania (District 12)

Contact

Principal
Rebecca Geary

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with South Bronx Classical Charter School IV.
Metal detectors?
No

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