Bronx Prep Charter School

Grades: 6-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

Students learn Korean and receive support throughout the college process

The Downside

Strict rules and high suspension rate

Founded in 2000 as a “standalone” charter school, Bronx Prep has been under the management of Democracy Prep since 2014, a network of charters that combine rigorous academics with strict discipline. For those who do well in a regimented environment, the school offers the opportunity to study Korean language and culture, to develop civic engagement skills and to write lengthy independent research papers. 

For its first ten years of its existence, Bronx Prep had a good reputation for getting graduates into four-year colleges but performance faltered during a period of changing leadership. Trustees turned to Democracy Prep, a network with a track record of turning schools around. The Democracy Prep network was founded by Seth Andrews, a graduate of Bronx High School of Science and the Harvard School of Education who taught in South Korea. His schools, which serve mostly black and Latino students, aim to replicate what Andrews saw as the Korean values of hard work and respect for teachers. 

Students accumulate points to earn special privileges such as trips or early Friday dismissal. Once a week they gather for “town hall,” a celebration of achievement, team building and competition, during which they participate in skits, songs and chants to build community spirit.

Discipline is strict. Students are given demerits for tardiness, missing uniforms and other infractions. They are dismissed early on Friday unless they have been assigned a one- or two-hour detention, according to the student handbook. The suspension rate was more than 30 percent, far above the statewide average, in the most recently available data. 

Within two years of joining the network, the school began to show improvement in academic performance in all subjects and on most grade levels, according to an annual report. The culture and tone of the school continues to need work, however. While most students say they feel safe in school, some complain of bullying. 

The pace is fast and the environment is competitive. Students who cannot keep up may be asked to repeat a grade, and some become discouraged and leave each year. But those who persevere are admitted to colleges and get advice and support from other Democracy Prep alumni during their college years. Though the sampling of students is small, the Democracy Prep network as a whole has had better success than most charters getting students into and through college, according to an article in the Daily News.

Data collected by Democracy Prep Harlem shows students who stay for more than one year in a row perform better than the district average by 20 to 28 points on state exams. The school is beginning to have some success retaining students all the way through 12th grade but this is still a work in progress.

Admissions: A lottery is held in April. Priority is given to District 9. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, February 2019)

 

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
82%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
27%
Average daily attendance
 
88%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
37%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
 
79%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
 
80%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

823
Number of students
631 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
88%
Students with disabilities
 
15%
Multilingual learners
 
9%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
24%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
92%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
23%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
14%
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

School
Citywide
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
 
93%
3.5
Years of principal experience at this school
8 Citywide Average

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity


How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
 
48%
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2019-20 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 NY State Report Card, 2021 Guidance Counselor Report and this school's most recent Quality Review Report

College Readiness

School
Citywide
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
 
66%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
91%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
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Contact & Location

Location

3872 Third Avenue
Bronx NY 10457

Buses: Bx11, Bx15, Bx41, Bx41-SBS


Contact

Principal: Ryan Silver/Lourdes Flores

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes

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