The David A. Stein Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy (MS/HS 141) is a public secondary school that serves students in grades six through twelve from the Riverdale and Kingsbridge areas of the Bronx.
We are committed to providing a rigorous curriculum in a community-based environment, offering a comprehensive liberal arts and science program that exceeds New York State standards and takes advantage of the rapidly expanding technological opportunities of the information age.
We seek to create an atmosphere that will challenge all students to become creative, independent, critical thinkers and foster a life-long love of learning. We encourage students to accept the risks and rigors of academic life in order to achieve mastery in a variety of disciplines including intellectual, artistic, physical, moral and emotional development.
As a six through twelve college preparatory school, the Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy provides students with the skills needed to achieve their potential through a variety of learning styles and demonstrate a mastery on standardized and performance assessments.
The middle school component will prepare students for the demands of a rigorous high school education. The high school component will offer students a viable alternative to selective high schools throughout the city. The school will offer maximum opportunities for enrollment in accelerated courses. The Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy reflects and celebrates the diversity of the community it serves. It will provide Honors programs for students to accelerate, and support programs for English Language Learners and students in Special Education.
Toward this end, we seek partnerships with local institutions including our colleagues in academia. At the center of this collaborative effort is our teaching staff and administrators, the educational professionals who lead our children, parents and community in the quest to nurture and strengthen local public education.
The RKA facility includes two wings: the 55-year old main facility, and a new addition added in 2002. Overall there are 80 classrooms. The new addition has a cafeteria, a library with state-of-art technology, new science labs and prep rooms, and modern classrooms.
We are positioned adjacent to softball fields, handball courts, and basketball courts that are used during lunch, and before and after school.
Middle school and high school students have lunch and physical education separately, as well as separate entrances into the school building.
Our students come from a rich mixture of cultures, and speak over 60 home languages. Among our students are scholars, leaders, athletes, musicians, artists, performers, journalists and environmentalists.
We have a wide variety of activities and athletics to interest every child. We offer eight PSAL varsity teams and claimed the PSAL City Championship in 2010 for our Boys' Baseball team. Intramural activities are also available to middle and high school students. Clubs such as Model United Nations, Science Decathalon, Video Game Club and Anime Club are offered to middle and high school students after school. Due to the attractiveness of our activities and safe supportive environment, our school-wide attendance rate of 95% well exceeds the citywide average.
Honors Program We offer honors classes for students in grades 6-10. Advanced Placement courses are offered to students in grades 10-12. Incoming 6th grade students are offered the opportunity to apply to the honors classes.
Students are selected for honros classes based on past performance in courses, performance on New York State exams, and our own placement test.
Throughout the year, class placement is reviewed by our guidance and administrative officials and some students may be added to honors classes if they are performing well, while some students may be placed in a more appropriate standard course if their performance in the honors class warrants it. Students in 8th grade honors math and science courses have the opportunity to take Regents exams and earn high school credits before leaving middle school.
Our Parents Our Parents' Association is a very active group, whose executive board is comprised of individuals with a wide range of professions and talents. The Executive Board oversees committees which include fundraising, newsletter, School Leadership Team, Health and Safety, mini-grants and Principal Partnership.
Our Facility and Staff As part of a larger 6th through 12th grade school, RKA's middle school component has its own staff of assistant principals, deans and guidance counselors to address its specific needs. Our teachers, deans, and guidance counselors operate as a team, often meeting to identify ways to best meet the needs of every child.
Our high school team includes teachers and assistant principals who are experts in their fields. Our teaching staff is highly qualified. They represent a wide body of past professional experience including lawyers, artists, and actors. Our guidance officials have a proven track record of helping students gain admission into colleges of their choosing.
660 West 237th Street, Bronx, NY 10463 Telephone: (718) 796-8516
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