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Bronx Charter School for the Arts Elementary School

Grades: K-5
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950 Longfellow Avenue
Bronx NY 10474
Phone: 718-893-1042
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Our Insights

What’s Special

Healthy mix of strong academics and arts programs

The Downside

No gymnasium

Bronx Arts is a small, safe school with a healthy mix of arts and strong academics. Children study theater, dance, music and visual art. Test scores are above average in reading and math. The school day is 30 minutes longer than at most schools. Class size is small.

The two kindergartens have about 20 children each. In all grades, classes are divided into even smaller groups: one-half goes to an arts class while the other half stays in the classroom for academic lessons.

Children are immersed in reading and writing, a parent says. A thermometer in the hallway measures their progress as they read books to meet a school-wide reading goal. Kids also keep track individually. Teachers give out lists of books to read and send children home with books that match their “just right” reading level.

Starting in kindergarten, children work on math and reading programs on the computer, in part to practice skills but also to get used to technology, a parent says. They take home a packet of homework for the week.

The school celebrates themes that resonate with its mostly black and Hispanic population. Children celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and study artists such as Jacob Lawrence, the first African-American artist to be included in the Museum of Modern Art’s collection. They watch movies and read about Martin Luther King, Jr.

Bronx Arts does a good job of keeping parents informed, a parent wrote on our website. “They have weekly Friday meetings with the students and parents are invited to join. They also host monthly PTA meetings and have monthly breakfasts with the principal.”

Children wear uniforms, but the policy is not strictly enforced. In class, children sit in semicircles on the rug as the teacher reads a story, solves a math problem or uses an electronic SMART board to clarify a concept. Sometimes a group meets in a hallway alcove.

The school has dance, theater and music rooms. It has djembe goblet drums from West Africa, guitars and a five-piece rock star drum set. Even in music class, kids are immersed in language, with words like “tempo,” “inflection” and “articulation” posted on the bulletin.

Families may pay a fee for more arts programs at The Point CDC, which picks kids up at the school. Another pick-up option is Casita Maria Center for the Arts.

Founded in 2002, the school is housed in a colorful renovated warehouse. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have a gymnasium. Kids play outside on a blocked-off street. On poor weather days, the cafeteria is divided in half by a curtain. One half plays, while the other half eats. There is a crossing guard posted outside school all day.

Bronx Arts will expand to middle school in September 2018 in a different building near Concrete Plant Park, roughly one mile away.

ADMISSIONS: By lottery. The application, due April 1, can be found on the school's website. (Lydie Raschka, DOE data and interview, February 2018)

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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?
50%
79% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
88%
85% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
59%
48% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
65%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
78%
83% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
5%
1% Citywide Average
Teacher turnover rate
21%
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?
47%
51% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
39%
49% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
38%
67% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
31%
65% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
430
Asian
0%
Black
23%
Hispanic
75%
White
1%
Other
1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
83%
Students with disabilities
23%
English language learners
17%

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
90%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
32%
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?
29%
28% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
17%
23% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
50%
28% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
53%
17% Citywide Average


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

Contact & Location

Location

Hunts Point (District 8)

Contact

Principal
Jonea Thomas

Other Details

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

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