Bronx High School for Writing & Communication Arts

Bronx High School for Writing & Communication Arts

SCHOOL DESCRIPTION


Our school is a small community of life-long learners, readers and writers. Using the written word as a vehicle, students explore their world and learn to know themselves. They write across all content areas in order to master concepts and demonstrate understanding. We offer a college preparatory program and provide opportunities for creative writing, advanced study and opportunities in the fields of theatre and communications. Students produce a variety of school publications to demonstrate and celebrate learning. We expect all of our students to graduate with a New York State Regents endorsed diploma within four years and be prepared for college or to enter the workforce.
Establishing a community of young people who grow into concerned, committed and productive citizens is another major goal of our small school. We encourage students to use various forms of communication to participate in the democratic process and community development. Parents are seen as full partners in community participation and all school activities.

 

ARTS LEADERSHIP TEAM

Terri L. Grey, principal- tgrey@schools.nyc.gov

Theresa Wyre, assistant principal- twyre@schools.nyc.gov

Jodi Honeycutt, ELA teacher- jhoneycutt@schools.nyc.gov

Elizabeth Fidoten, visual art teacher- efidoten@schools.nyc.gov

FOUR YEAR PLAN GOALS

Goal One: Integrate a sequential skill-based film-making curriculum into current residencies in ELA History classrooms with long-time partner Epic Theatre Ensemble. Ultimately this program will serve every student every year at the school, with a focus on using this model of differentiated instruction to better engage both the target population of young men of color as well as providing the entire school with a new mode of arts learning.

APPROACH

Goal One: Integrate a filmmaking component into each classroom residency with Epic Theatre Ensemble in each grade level, beginning with an intensive for 9th graders in Year 1 and scaling up in each subsequent year. With each new year, Epic will expand into a new grade level, coaching that grade team's teachers while also supporting the previous year's grade team to ensure that the filmmaking elements of the residencies are properly turn-keyed. By the time students progress to their senior year, they will be prepared to engage with a culminating film-based exit project.

ART PARTNERSHIPS

Goal One:  Epic Theatre Ensemble

SUSTAINABILITY PLAN

Goal One: By the end of the four years, ETA will have made a significant investment in the filmmaking equipment required to produce multiple video projects each year. Teachers are being trained and supported in each year's roll-out, and the school will also ensure that curricula for the projects are well-documented so that they may be replicated year to year.

Four-Year Plan will be completed in Spring of 2020.