COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT & COLLABORATION
We believe community engagement and collaboration is vital for academic success.
COLLABORATION In 2013, Bronx Excellence 1 was awarded a Dissemination Grant for $500,000 from New York state to share best practices and collaborate with a local public school, PS 85. In 2012, 86% of BCSE students passed state reading exams but just 20% of students at PS 85 passed the exams. In September, 2013 Bronx Excellence began a formal collaboration with PS 85 Kindergarten teachers with 138 Kindergarteners that will last until 2017. PS 85 demonstrated need as an underperforming district school, with several initial challenges - low literacy with below average performance on state ELA and mathematics tests and a lack of essential materials for teaching and learning. Very successful results were seen just four months of collaboration, and tremendous results were seen after a full year of school.