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Banana Kelly High School

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Posted August 19, 2013

The students smoke pott behind the school. And the real student that want to be somebody the staff make it hard for them. The teachers never care about there students just about the money they recieve in their pockets. They make life difficult. Its ashame that students that want to learn. They dont help. They change principle evey year. They dont bother to talk to the kids. They act stuck up. They dont say goodmorning. The security talk on the phone. They do their jobs. In mean time the kids to what ever they wamt. Whenever theres a fight the security gaurd comes late to the point where the fight is over. If anythimg the teachers do their job for them. The new principle thats there now is aweful.


Posted February 10, 2012

The students are animals and jungle bunnies. They talk back and curse the teachers out. If the school closes, they should turn it into a jail. They are nothing but a bunch of dirtbags.


Posted October 14, 2009

Its a place where graduate students would love to go back too. Its like a big family, everyone gets along very well.. and the teachers are the best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

This school is awesome. It is in the heart of the South Bronx and the kids are really sweet and striving for higher achievement than they have ever reached prior. This school has a very unique approach to educating the kids starting with one hour classes and as much support for the kids as a family would have or even more.. Banana Kelly High School needs the money for this 'diamond in the ghetto' so we can continue our vision to have every student who graduates from BKHS be college bound!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 4, 2009

Banana Kelly is a small school that really focuses on improving the education for our students. All our teachers, faculty, and administration work together during and after school hours in order to provide the best collaborative lesson planning and school events that will benefit our students and the surrounding community that our students live in.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 4, 2009

I am proud of Banana Kelly HS because it is so beloved by it's students. Even students who do not do as well as they want to academically are emotionally invested in the school. The staff truly care about the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2009

A small high School in the South Bronx working with many at risk and disadvantaged students, Banana Kelly is active in the community and deals with many student s who might 'fall through the cracks' in a tough inner city environment.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 4, 2009

Banana Kelly High School is a fabulous school which has many obstacles facing them everyday. Faculty and staff help students become the best they can be under these circumstances, and achieve great odds.


Posted October 4, 2009

Banana Kelly offers a quality education with a concerned staff that goes the extra mile. It makes sure that the students lead positive lives and are prepared for college.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 4, 2009

Banana Kelly is place were kids entering into a higher educational environment can do so with a helping hand from both the staff and fellow students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2009

This is one of the only places in the whole Bronx where students have access to teachers who are neither right out of school and inexperienced, nor those who are burnt out and over due for retirement - at BK the vast majority of the staff are experienced, dedicated to student's reclaiming their power in their own educations and their own lives.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2009

It is a safe learning community for students of the South Bronx. Communication, Collaboration and Community are just some of the pillars that the school stands on. The staff cares, encourages and challenges the youth of the Bronx.


Posted October 3, 2009

It combines the best teachers and offers the safest environment in upper NYC.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

Banana Kelly has a great staff of dedicated teachers with a principal that is an inspiration to his staff. We try to empower the students with a love of learning and high self esteem to see them forward in their lives as productive citizens and people in our society.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 3, 2009

despite all the set-backs, ie, no gym, no library, no auditorium, no common area for student activities, and more, these students still strive for excellence. im truly honored to worked with such young minds, God bless BKHS


Posted October 3, 2009

Banana Kelly is a small school with a small-town feel. Everyone is on a first name basis, and we have a great principal who is very accessible. At Banana Kelly we are family, students address teachers on a first name basis, and we have instilled a strong culture of community. Teachers think 'outside the box' when it comes to curriculum, and we always have alumni visiting us on a daily basis.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 3, 2009

Banana Kelly is a small school with a Big Heart! We are much like a family at BK. First name-basis and a faculty and staff that is accessible to students, sometimes even 24 hours a day. We are truly engaged in the practice of transformation!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

Banana Kelly is amazing. It is a very small school compared to the rest of the high schools in the South Bronx and because of that we the students have had the chance to create a family in our beloved Banana Kelly. Everyone is always available for advice, a hug, or even just a life changing smile. In Banana Kelly i can definitely say if a student is going through problems they wont have to deal with those issues alone. Everyone will help in whatever way they can because as the family that we are, when one suffers we all suffer, just as when one has achieved something we all feel accomplished, because we know that that one smile or maybe that hug helped that person keep going. Banana Kelly can be seen as a haven for most. Like myself, many other students had no problem staying after school just to hang out with our family away from home... the Banana Kelly Family. A family that has limited resources but has no limit to the love that is shared amongst one another. There is no end to our love, unity, and community. I know Banana Kelly can prosper beyond our imagination with help from sponsors like you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

Supporting students in the South Bronx Creating opportunity for students in the South Bronx. A family comprised of students, teachers, counselors, parents, grandparents, etc.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

Personally, i Love Banana Kelly ! We need all the support we can get. Its based on love and accomplishments. Every student supports one another. The teachers are always there to help you when you need it. Banana kelly is just a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


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About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Algebra II/Trigonometry

The state average for Algebra II/Trigonometry was 66% in 2013.

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n/a

2012

 
 
0%

2011

 
 
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Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

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0%

2011

 
 
60%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 72% in 2013.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
17%

2012

 
 
14%

2011

 
 
18%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

143 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
63%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
16%
Global History and Geography

The state average for Global History and Geography was 71% in 2013.

166 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
20%

2011

 
 
28%
Integrated Algebra

The state average for Integrated Algebra was 73% in 2013.

238 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
33%
Italian

The state average for Italian was 98% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Living Environment

The state average for Living Environment was 77% in 2013.

160 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
42%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

69 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
95%
U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 80% in 2013.

133 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
43%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, Earth science and physics. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

Algebra II/Trigonometry

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrantn/a

Chemistry

All Studentsn/a
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Malen/a
African Americann/a
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Hispanicn/a
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Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrantn/a

Earth Science

All Students17%
Femalen/a
Male13%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic18%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English21%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant17%

English

All Students31%
Female42%
Male19%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic31%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged23%
Students with disabilities7%
General population37%
English language learners12%
Proficient in English35%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant31%

Geometry

All Students25%
Femalen/a
Male27%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English25%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant25%

Global History and Geography

All Students24%
Female23%
Male25%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic28%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged23%
Not economically disadvantaged30%
Students with disabilities13%
General population28%
English language learners17%
Proficient in English26%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant24%

Integrated Algebra

All Students29%
Female34%
Male25%
African American31%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic30%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantaged22%
Students with disabilities4%
General population40%
English language learners19%
Proficient in English32%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant29%

Living Environment

All Students24%
Female22%
Male25%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic20%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged23%
Not economically disadvantaged27%
Students with disabilities3%
General population30%
English language learners3%
Proficient in English31%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant24%

Physics

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrantn/a

U.S. History and Government

All Students34%
Female26%
Male42%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic35%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilities22%
General population36%
English language learners13%
Proficient in English37%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant34%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, Earth science and physics. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

In 2009-2010, this school was given a grade of "D" for the high school level.

About the tests


Progress Report Grades measure the school's contribution to student learning in three areas: School Environment, Student Performance and Student Progress. Schools can receive additional credit for achieving exemplary performance progress among high-needs students. Progress Report Grades range from A to F.

Source: New York City Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 2 66% 23%
Black 1 32% 19%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 1% 9%
White 2 1% 48%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
Two or more races 2 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 114%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 274%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 36%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 20%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 0%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

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Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
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The NYC Department of Education asked parents, teachers and students about their school's learning environment. Results provide insight into school climate, such as whether the school is academically rigorous, safe, communicative and collaborative. Learn more

The information captured by the survey is designed to support a dialogue among all members of the school community about how to make the school a better place to learn. An overall category score is calculated for each respondent group (parents, teachers, or students) by averaging the scores of the questions within that survey category.

Category scores for each of the respondent groups are then combined to form overall category scores. Alongside the results for each school are the aggregated results across all NYC public schools, which are provided as a basis for comparisons.

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This school
7.1
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
7.2
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
5.6
 

City average

 
8.0
 
Clear, useful communication about educational goalsWhat's this?

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This school
7.4
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
5.6
 

City average

 
7.8
 
Strong parent, teacher and student engagementWhat's this?

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This school
7.3
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
7.6
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
5.7
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

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This school
7.6
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
6.1
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents24360%
Students32782%
Teachers2265%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MS. CHARLETTE POPE

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Humanities
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Busses - BX17, BX19, BX4, BX5, BX6
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Baseball
  • Sofbtall
  • Wrestling
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