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Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy (Ms High School 141)

Public | 6-12 & ungraded | 1336 students

 

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Posted June 23, 2014

After reading this I want to share that this school was the same in the 70s-an outstanding honors & the rest floundered. The bullying then was the haves vs have nots-not racially motivated. If the kids are behaving like animals - hint they are - not the teachers fault. If you can't afford a private school - then this is where your kid goes or move to a better district. Your kid got into 3 fights here more than other schools - what does that say 2 fights in the other school? Thugs & gansters came from NYCs poorer parts & a generation ago did nothing so they are here and all over the nation. Guidance counselors have a 1 size fits all answer - deal with it. Favorites among teachers - nothing new. By the way I graduated 141 went to a NYC high school that is now closed, rec'vd a 4 year scholarship-am a married grandmother with a great well paying job. School is what you make of it. Parents stop complaining do something or shut up, teachers teach to the good and ignore the rest, principals and administration stop throwing $ at a problem with no solution-unless you want the parents to babysit their kids 24/7 & then let them complain that jr isn't learning dont expect good reviews.


Posted June 22, 2014

Probably one of the worst school in this area. The students that are forced to attend here are placed at a serious disadvantage socially and academically. The parents who are unable to find their kid a better alternative are in for a rude awakening upon graduation. It's unfortunate that these young minds have to suffer, while nearby Horace Mann and Fieldston Academies revel in academic glory. This school is an in- direct feeder for the prison system. Not only are the teachers less than qualified but he administration constantly looks the other way. Riverdale is a great community to live in, but as far as the public middle and high schools go your sentencing your child to a lifetime of hellish inadequacy if you send them to 141.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2013

I have been a student attending this school for throughout middle school. This school is okay and if you think about enrolling your child here, think again after reading this review. I personally feel that the students are only successful if they are in honors. Otherwise, the learning isn't that good, and non-honors education in this school is lacking. The teachers and principals are very aged and out of touch with social issues and are failing to understand the problems students have. I have problems so I go to the guidance counselor who gives me very weird solutions, that i feel uncomfortable doing. I feel as if the teachers watched a quick video on the term "bullying" and don't fully understand it. This school is very out of hand with the mean people, and harassers!!!!!!!!!! This school could improve if O'Mara dropped her "oh let's be prideful with school spirit" act and noticed what kids go through in this school!


Posted July 28, 2013

This school is horrible I am in 7th grade here. The teachers don't care about u one even slapped a kid in the face. The kids behave like animals. Don't go here.


Posted June 26, 2012

Horrible principle and sanitation. It is very bad. Don't go here. Oh yeah, it's also in a terrible area with thugs and gangsters.


Posted June 18, 2012

Ms. O'Mara, the principal, is into school spirit - and that is where it ends. Bullying is rampant and no one does much about it. There is very little distinction grade wise between a 5 minute homework assignment, your note taking skills, and a test, but I don't know if this is RKA's policy or citywide. My husband and I, both honors students most of our lives, with tons of perfect regents, no one ever scored less than a 5 on several APs SATs scores over 1400 and his were well over 1500 in the old days would have failed Ms. O'Mara's "rigorous" Honors program. When the NYT asked her what she wanted for her school she said a new locker room for her gym. I wished she had hoped for higher SATs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2012

This school is unsafe, poorly managed, runs out of money and punishes good teachers while rewarding useless sycophants


Posted May 30, 2011

I have 2 children in this school, and they have been here since Middle School. This may be an upscale address for NYC, but the school is substandard and going down fast. The source is the principal, who has NO experience as a teacher and is making every mistake on the backs of the kids and their future. This year, the principal cut out the college advisor, giving the job to the guidance counselors. BAD MOVE. The kids were basically on their own to get into college. The good teachers are just waiting out the time until they can retire or transfer to another school with a better principal. The bad teachers suck up to the principal. They won't release the results of the AP exams, because the results are so awful. Check out the Regents exam results - they stink. The school PA is a joke, and just rubber stamps the principal. The higher-achieving kids have a chance, but the rest or the system is working against them. If you can get your kid into ANY other school, do it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2011

All though the high school students tend to be disruptive, the middle school students are happy and are offered many options . I highly recomend this school for middle school students entering sixth grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2009

Most of the teachers helped me to get where I am now and the students care about each other or at least try hard.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2009

Horrible highschool, teachers barely know what they teach and don't care about the students. Lack a feeling of what highschool should be like.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 29, 2009

This school is awsome evrybody is nice and i like the teachers they are nice.


Posted June 24, 2009

I am totally dissatisfied with this school.It lacks much for a highschool. Combined with a middle school the upper class students are at a disadvantage being treated like younger students in the same building being denied the privileges a high schooler should have .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2009

Not a safe environment for your kids. While our daughter has had a couple of really good individual teachers, the current prinipal is totally out of touch with social issues within the student body. There is a dangerous lack of discipline within the school, and bullying and harrassment is rampant among students. The school's tolerarance of unchecked harrasment and bullying by many students has adverserly affected the academic performance of several students and renders the school a hostile environment. Don't let the Riverdale address fool you about this one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2009

this school is only good for kids in honors classes. My child has gottin into many fights in this school. Actually more then any other school she has been in.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2008

i been going to this school for 3 years now and i define this school as good not great. i feel that the staff is okay for the fact that there are some teachers that just dont make the effort to teach, and there are also some teachers that 'cant teach' because the class is too loud, also teachers that cant control there class at all. therethere is
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 16, 2007

RKA up to now has been good in terms of academics. This is my child first year at the school. I think the school can explore other academic venues to challenge the academic capacities of honor students. I'm really happy with the after school classes. The teachers are easy to approach on parent & teacher school night. Furthermore I can contact them by E-mail anytime. I think the parent & teacher school night should be more organized ( schedule or made by appointments). The school staff it's really helpful the Dean of the 6 graders is great. She is always willing to solve any situation regarding transportation. The assistant principal is also, really nice. I saw her at one of child's class activities and I liked that. RKA so far so good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2007

This school is great. It has great and helpful staff members and teachers. The principal is fair. The grades my daughter brings home are outstanding. The honors and honors society is excellent and the varieties of special classes are fab. They are band, art, computers, vocal, and dance. I love this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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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.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 29% in 2014.

203 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
35%

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
58%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

206 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
75%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 29% in 2014.

199 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
35%

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
48%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

200 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
37%

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
60%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 36% in 2014.

257 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
37%

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
43%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

193 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
21%

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
64%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

233 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

Algebra II/Trigonometry

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

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
19%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
33%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
55%
Earth Science

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

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
63%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

186 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
85%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

161 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
65%
Global History and Geography

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

201 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
66%
Integrated Algebra

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

234 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
71%
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.

176 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
90%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
50%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

91 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
89%
U.S. History and Government

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

168 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
80%
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 Students19%
Female17%
Male21%
African American16%
Asian/Pacific Islander27%
Hispanic15%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White23%
Economically disadvantaged15%
Not economically disadvantaged21%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant19%

Chemistry

All Students85%
Female85%
Male88%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander84%
Hispanic93%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant85%

Earth Science

All Students61%
Female59%
Male63%
African American63%
Asian/Pacific Islander90%
Hispanic45%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities20%
General population68%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English65%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant61%

English

All Students79%
Female80%
Male77%
African American68%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities42%
General population84%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant79%

Geometry

All Students44%
Female49%
Male41%
African American25%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic38%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities6%
General population49%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English46%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant44%

Global History and Geography

All Students68%
Female69%
Male67%
African American58%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities27%
General population75%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English70%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant68%

Integrated Algebra

All Students75%
Female78%
Male71%
African American77%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic62%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities33%
General population85%
English language learners65%
Proficient in English75%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant75%

Living Environment

All Students75%
Female73%
Male77%
African American69%
Asian/Pacific Islander70%
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities43%
General population86%
English language learners33%
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant75%

Physics

All Students80%
Female70%
Male90%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population80%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English80%
Not migrant80%

U.S. History and Government

All Students86%
Female83%
Male89%
African American70%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic84%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities52%
General population91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant86%
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 middle school level. The school received a grade of "A" 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 53% 23%
White 1 25% 48%
Black 2 13% 19%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 9% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
Two or more races 2 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 7%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 249%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 5%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 53%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 1%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
Performing and written arts
  • Dance

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Gym
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • MS. LORI E. O'MARA

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
School facilities
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Tennis
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Tennis

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
Performing arts
  • Dance
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660 W 237th St
Bronx, NY 10463
Phone: (718) 796-8516

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