Urban Assembly Bronx Academy of Letters

Urban Assembly Bronx Academy of Letters

School Description

At Bronx Letters our entire school community shares a commitment to teaching and learning through our five core values: Vision, Integrity, Compassion, Expression and Tenacity. We understand that when we teach content and skills with a focus on character development, we are tuned into the whole child, ensuring that our scholars are ready for college and career. Our rigorous, college-preparatory academic program spans grades six through twelve.  Our core curriculum is standards-based, with an intense focus on developing literacy and problem-solving across the disciplines. It includes honors and AP courses, master-level arts electives, externships, and independent study courses. In the study of language, specifically, we offer a separate four-year series of writing classes in addition to a four-year series of literature classes.
 
In addition to challenging academic work, we are also committed to promoting flexible, self-motivated learning outside of the classroom. Our writers in residence run workshops during and after school as well as coordinate the Writers’ Forum reading series, in which our students convene to hear from professional writers of every genre. Our teachers facilitate a wide variety of extracurricular arts and athletics programs, including drama, art, chorus, debate, baseball and boys and girls’ basketball and track. During the year, our students participate in regular field trips to arts institutions, colleges and universities. And during the summer months, our student services team helps connect students with jobs, internships, and programs that allow them to travel all over the world.

Arts Leadership Team

Brandon Cardet-Hernandez, principal- cardet.hernandez@bxletters.org

Lidia Ramirez, theater teacher and enrichment coordinator- ramirez@bxletters.org

FOUR-YEAR PLAN GOALS

Goal One: To develop the Music Program at UABAL into a two-year sequence 

Goal Two: To build the performance/production capacity of the theatre department.

APPROACH

Goal One:

To begin the music program, UABAL has hired an accomplished musician to create a vision for the program that responds to the interests of the students. Providing him with support and continued professional learning opportunities will allow that vision to be actualized and documented in curriculum that can live on as the structure for the music program. 

They are beginning the first music elective in Year One. By Year Three they will assess the schedule and budget in order to clear space in both to accommodate an additional course in music and an additional DoE certified music teacher.

Goal Two: In order to build out the performance capacity of the theatre department they will be engaging professionals in both advanced level curriculum development and production support (technical training and consultation in lighting and sound).They will also assess the needs of our auditorium in making it an adequate performance space for theatre and incrementally make strategic purchases to satisfy those needs.

ARTS PARTNERSHIPS

Goal One: Abrons Arts Center will be working with the music teacher to hep realize and document his vision for the music program and provide curriculum development professional training.

Goal Two: Abrons Arts Center will be providing some curriculum development support as well as teaching professional learning. Technical Artisans Collective will be consulted on building out the technical theatre capacity as well as production support.

SUSTAINABILITY PLAN

Goal One:  Ongoing documentation of curriculum maps and unit plans will be carried into the future for ongoing execution in the music department. They will have developed teaching artists and will have a DoE certified teacher on staff to further solidify the place of the music program in the program offerings. Equipment will be logged and procedures will be put in place to insure that they are well maintained. They will continue to build on the relationships with arts organizations established through this work and shift funds to their budget where necessary. They will increase cross-departmental collaborations to further establish the culture of the arts in the school building and student experience.

Goal Two: Ongoing documentation of curriculum maps and unit plans will be carried into the future for ongoing execution in the theatre department. Equipment will be logged and procedures will be put in place to insure that they are well maintained. They will continue to build on the relationships with arts organizations established through this work and shift funds to our budget where necessary. They will increase cross-departmental collaborations to further establish the culture of the arts in the school building and student experience.

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