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Validus Preparatory Academy

Public | 9-12 | 366 students

 

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Posted September 9, 2013

This is a awesome school. my daughter choose this school and she is very happy with the academic part and is doing great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2011

I am proud to say that i was part of the first gradating class from VPA! There are no words describe this wonderful school. VPA open its door about 6 years, and still going strong; for a school in the south bronx! What i like most about this school is that all the teachers and staff really care about the students, its only a school, but it is a family. Everything in the school is brand NEW, the library and classroom are state-of-the-art! Still to this day i keep in contract with some of my teachers. Overall this school have taught me sooo much, and i am proud to say that i graduated from this school. BEST SCHOOL IN THE BRONX! ** Class of 2009**
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 14, 2011

i guess in my school im the only one in jackson ave that knows about validus , 4 years ago starting from 2010 my brother went to that school validus is also known as vpa, vpa is one of the best schools , i would recomend this school , even though your brother or sister goes to vpa and later on you wanna go to vpa your self for 9th grade and p they really keep and eye on you just like what mr.smith did for me (principle) . vpa is colorful nd its clean , i love the uniform , basically everything about vpa , so choose vpa


Posted January 4, 2010

I love this school. This teachers and staff really care about you and care about what you want to do with your life. They open so many doors of opportunity to us students and I am happy to be a part of the Validsu family.
—Submitted by a student


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.

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.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
4%

2011

 
 
20%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Earth Science

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

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
23%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
57%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
17%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
15%
Global History and Geography

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

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
30%
Integrated Algebra

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

170 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
42%
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.

171 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
45%
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.

55 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.

144 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
35%
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
Not migrantn/a

Chemistry

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
Not migrantn/a

Earth Science

All Students41%
Femalen/a
Male50%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic46%
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
Migrantn/a
Not migrant41%

English

All Students56%
Female55%
Male56%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic56%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities0%
General population66%
English language learners14%
Proficient in English62%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant56%

Geometry

All Students17%
Female14%
Male19%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic15%
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
Migrantn/a
Not migrant17%

Global History and Geography

All Students60%
Female56%
Male63%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilities13%
General population67%
English language learners21%
Proficient in English64%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant60%

Integrated Algebra

All Students26%
Female28%
Male24%
African American28%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic26%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged28%
Not economically disadvantaged15%
Students with disabilities0%
General population32%
English language learners13%
Proficient in English29%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant26%

Living Environment

All Students31%
Female36%
Male25%
African American22%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic35%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantaged33%
Students with disabilities11%
General population36%
English language learners13%
Proficient in English35%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant31%

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
Not migrantn/a

U.S. History and Government

All Students35%
Female35%
Male34%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic36%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantaged18%
Students with disabilities5%
General population40%
English language learners18%
Proficient in English37%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant35%
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 "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 1 64% 23%
Black 2 34% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 1% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 1% 9%
Two or more races 2 0% 1%
White 1 0% 48%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 113%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 280%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 18%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 18%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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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Medical

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Health & athletics

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Medical
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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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Based on 322 responses

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
7.7
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
6.9
 

City average

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

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This school
7.6
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
6.6
 

City average

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

This score measures how engaged parents, students and teachers feel they are in an active and vibrant partnership to promote student learning.

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This school
7.7
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.5
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

This score measures how well parents, students and teachers feel that the school develops rigorous and meaningful academic goals that encourage students to do their best.

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This school
7.9
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.4
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents8926%
Students22061%
Teachers1350%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. JAVIER FORTICHE-OCAMPO

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • College prep
  • College preparatory
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Medical
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Busses - BX11, BX15, BX17, BX21, BX32, BX41
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Sofbtall
  • Track
  • Volleyball
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1595 Bathgate Ave
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