Educational Institutions

Friends of Bronx Preparatory Charter School

  • Bronx, NY
  • www.bronxprep.org

Mission Statement

Bronx Prep's mission is to prepare underserved middle and high school students for higher education, civic involvement and lifelong success through a structured, caring environment of high academic expectations. Bronx Prep's rigorous academic program operates on an extended-day and extended-year schedule, requiring students to spend 50% more time in school than students attending traditional public schools. Our overarching goal, from the day a student enters Bronx Prep, is to prepare him or her for admission to and success in college. Bronx Prep is located in School District 9 in the South Bronx, an area of persistent and devastating failure in the public schools. The school uses a lottery process to accept girls and boys entering fifth grade. Fifty percent of our students are African American; 49% are Latino; and 1% is Asian. Fifty-two percent of our students are girls and 48% are boys. Ninety-three percent of our students come from the Bronx and the other 7% come from upper Manhattan. Eighty-one percent of our students are eligible for free/reduced lunch.

ruling year

2000

Principal Officer

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Ms. Kristin Kearns Jordan

Keywords

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education, charter school, middle, high, low-income, urban, students, Bronx, college prep

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EIN

16-1571685

Also Known As

Friends of Bronx Prep

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Secondary/High School (B25)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Program 1

Academic Program : In order to graduate from Bronx Prep, one must receive acceptance to college and this preparation begins in the 5th grade. During the 5th - 7th grades, there is an intense focus on math and literacy skills. Students attend double periods of math and English, totaling 1 1/2 - 2 hours of instruction in each of these subject areas each day. Many of our students are not at grade level when they enter Bronx Prep, so it is essential to have this extra time in math and English. They also attend daily classes in history and science. During their 4-day per week artistic block, 5th graders take a year long piano course, 6th graders take a half-year of art and a half-year of theater, and 7th graders have a choice of artistic electives, including advanced piano, visual arts, strings, drama, and choir. All students have physical education class 2-3 times a week. Eighth grade is a transition year at Bronx Prethey are introduced to high school level content in all courses, and they participate in artistic electives with high school students. Our 9th - 12th grade program is taught through a classical high school curriculum. The majority of students complete 3 of the Regents courses by the end of the 10th grade and all of the Regents courses by the end of the 11th grade. Therefore, during the 11th and 12th grades, students, having nearly or completely passed the Regents requirements, have the opportunity to take some advanced, college level courses including two AP courses this year - Literature and AP Calculus. College Program: Our college counselors work closely with our oldest students to ensure that each of them is strategic about where to apply. Some colleges that our seniors have applied to and are realistic choices for them include Cornell, Columbia, Syracuse, Emory, and Holy Cross. Our college counselors are also working with colleges across the country, developing relationships with admissions officers. Many college representatives have made recruitment trips to Bronx Prep and they consistently give positive feedback, noting that our students are attentive listeners and ask perceptive questions. Our high school students also go on multi-day college visits. We work on application writing skills in two discrete arenas: in high school English classes and through real applications for selective summer programs. Several of our high school students have attended selective summer programs. We also work with students on SAT preparation. Extended-Day Program: Bronx Prep operates on an extended-day and extended-year schedule. Seventh - 11th grade students attend school from 7:50 AM until 4:00 PM and 5th and 6th graders are in school until 5 PM. We believe that extending time on task is essential to helping our students close the achievement gadoubling the amount of time spent on math and reading, while not eliminating enrichment activities. Finally, it provides a safe environment for students during traditional after-school hours. For all these reasons, this program helps us to achieve our mission. Our extended-day program provides students with an opportunity to select from a wide variety of activities including student newspaper, student government, digital photography, piano, speech/debate, dance, acting, athletics, and academic remediation.

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FRIENDS OF BRONX PREPARATORY CHARTER SCHOOL INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Principal Officer

Ms. Kristin Kearns Jordan

BIO

Kristin Kearns Jordan is the executive director and founder of the Bronx Preparatory Charter School. Prior to founding Bronx Prep, she was the executive director of the School Choice Scholarships Foundation, a private scholarships program for low-income elementary schoolchildren in New York City. Ms. Jordan began her career at the Student/Sponsor Partnership, a financial aid and mentoring program for at-risk high school students in New York City, serving as associate director for three years. She then worked as a special projects director at the Center for Educational Outreach and Innovation at Teachers College, Columbia University.

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