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The Urban Assembly Bronx Academy of Letters

Overview written by the school: Our school was founded on the idea that students who can express themselves in writing can succeed in any path. Writing is another way where we leverage student voice and strengthen social justice! In addition to our inquiry-based college preparatory curriculum, students participate in regular field trips to arts institutions, overnight trips to universities, SAT prep, and enriching community-building activities. Our student services team connects students to jobs, internships, and programs that allow them to travel all over the world. We celebrate hard work, curiosity, self-expression, and service. Our graduates are critical readers and writers, fully prepared to maximize their learning and change the world.

School Performance

Graduation Rate: 83% (at the end of the school year before last, the percent of students who graduated "on time" by earning a diploma four years after they entered 9th grade).
Daily Attendance Rate: 83% of the school's students in the school year before last.
Percentage of Students Enough Variety: 74% students feel that this school offers a wide enough variety of programs, classes, and activities to keep them interested in school.
College Career Rate: 71% of students enroll in college or career programs within 6 months.
Percentage of Students Safe: 84% students feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms, locker room and cafeteria. (Student opinions on school safety, as reported on the NYC School Survey.)

Programs offered

Program 1: Bronx Academy of Letters
Code: X27A
Program description: Our school focuses on writing and social justice, giving all scholars a place to leverage their leadership and amplify their voice. Our extended school-day means there are additional opportunities for students to take high-interest classes and connect their interests and passions in new ways. At BAL, students do A LOT of writing, using their thinking to explain, process, and drive understand in new areas!
Interest: Humanities & Interdisciplinary
Method: Open

Seats 9 GE: 65
Grade 9 GE filled flag: Y
Grade 9 GE applicants: 542
Grade 9 GE applicants per seat: 8
Seats 9 SWD: 16
Grade 9 SWD filled flag: Y
Grade 9 SWD applicants: 165
Grade 9 SWD applicants per seat: 10

Seats 10: Yes
Admissions priority 1: Priority to continuing 8th graders
Admissions priority 2: Then to Bronx students or residents
Admissions priority 3: Then to New York City residents


Extracurricular Activities
Extracurricular activities and clubs offered by the school that do not fall under one of the Sports categories (PSAL Sports or School Sports): Activities: Art Club, Brazilian Capoeira, Dance, Drama, Gender & Sexuality Alliance (GSA), Literary Magazine (One Pen), Open Mics, Peer Group Connection, Peer Mediation, Poetry Slams, SAT Prep, School Choir, Senior Committee, Social Justice Organizations, Step Team, Student and Teacher-Recruitment Committees, Student Government, The Moth (School Newspaper), Yearbook and Young Runners
PSAL Sports Boys
Male PSAL (Public School Athletics League) sports offered at the school, listed under Extracurricular Activities and Clubs in the HS Directory: Baseball, Basketball, Soccer
PSAL Sports Girls
Female PSAL (Public School Athletics League) sports offered at the school, listed under Extracurricular Activities and Clubs in the HS Directory: Basketball, Flag Football, Softball, Volleyball
PSAL Sports Coed
Co-ed PSAL (Public School Athletics League) sports offered at the school, listed under Extracurricular Activities and Clubs in the HS Directory: Stunt
School Sports
Sports offered by the school outside PSAL (Public School Athletics League): Baseball/Softball, Basketball, Dance, Soccer, Track/Cross Country, Volleyball
Flag for female only school: No data
Flag for male only school: No data

Other info

Total students: 587
Start time: 8:00am
End time: 3:40pm

Final grades: 6 to 12
ELL programs: English as a New Language
Language classes: Arabic, Spanish
Advancedplacement courses: AP Biology, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Statistics
Additional info: College Trips; Dress Code; Extended Day Program; Online Grading System; Saturday Programs; Student Parent Orientation; Summer Bridge Program; Summer Orientation; Uniform; Weekend Programs

School accessibility description: Partially Accessible
Flag for schools that offer 10th grade seats: Y

More info

Borough: Bronx
NTA: Mott Haven-Port Morris
Neighborhood: Mott Haven-Port Morris

School Number: X183
Shared space: Yes
Community board: 201
Council district: 8
Census tract: 51
BIN: 2000957
BBL: 2023330070

About The Urban Assembly Bronx Academy of Letters


Address: 339 MORRIS AVENUE, BRONX NY 10451
Latitude: 40.813641
Longitude: -73.925313
Phone number: 718-401-4891
Fax number: 718-401-6626
School email: [email protected]
Subway lines near the school: 2 to 149th St-Grand Concourse; 4, 5 to 138th St-Grand Concourse; 6 to 3rd Ave-138th St
Bus lines near the school: Bx1, Bx13, Bx15, Bx19, Bx2, Bx21, Bx32, Bx33, Bx41, Bx41-SBS

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Our in-residence program offers activism, writing, theater and music to our scholars, taught by industry leaders.

Our full-time enrichment & partnership coordinator supports students in finding internships, extra curricular activities, & study abroad experiences.

Structured yearly day trips means that three times a year, all students will visit colleges, museums, and engage in community service

Students take part in yearly exhibitions where they present college level research projects to the community, highlighting their learning and skills.

With house council, peer-group connection, IntegrateNYC, peer mediators, UP! and other organizations on campus, BAL develops student leaders.

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