Award Year: 2019

South Bronx Classical Charter School II

333 E 135th Street
Bronx, NY, 10454-4301

(718) 292-9526

Mrs. Leena Gyftopoulos, Principal at time of Nomination

Charter School, Title I School

South Bronx Classical Charter School II District

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Mission

South Bronx Classical Charter School II prepares K-8th grade students in the South Bronx to excel in college-preparatory high schools. Through a classical curriculum and highly structured setting, students become liberated scholars and citizens of impeccable character who achieve proficiency in and advanced mastery of New York State Performance Standards.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 49%
  • Hispanic: 49%
  • Two or more races: 2%
Application
Kindergarten scholars engaging in a Read Aloud lesson!

Kindergarten scholars engaging in a Read Aloud lesson!

South Bronx Classical Charter School II is a high-performing K-8 public charter school that offers Latin, debate, character education, and a Common Core aligned curriculum.The school's curriculum is highly structured and dynamic, with detailed and rigorous lesson plans. These are revised annually, based on student performance data, allowing teachers to know that every day they are providing scholars with the skills and knowledge they need to excel in high school, college and beyond. Teachers, scholars, and administrators create, maintain, and defend a high degree of order, so teachers can focus on teaching and scholars can focus on learning. We take advantage of every minute of the year to maximize instructional gains. Consistent and relentless enforcement of character expectations minimizes distractions and encourages productive citizenship. The comprehensive teacher support systems enable teachers to focus more on instruction and transform their classes into environments focused on learning.

We believe teacher growth creates student growth, and student growth creates organizational growth. Thus, we passionately develop and support teachers, providing a multitude of differentiated, high-impact professional development opportunities that support teachers rapidly acquiring skills that lead to significant academic and behavioral gains in scholars. The school's organization model includes Grade Team Leaders, to whom classroom teachers report. This greatly empowers teachers to make the best decisions for their scholars. Similarly, many of the administrators participate in teaching and tutoring. These combine to remove the boundaries between teachers and administration and encourage a collaborative work environment.