William Cullen Bryant High School

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William Cullen Bryant High School
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Established 1889
Type Public
Principal Namita Dwarka
Students 2,652
Grades 912
Location 4810 31st Avenue,
Long Island City, New York, USA
Coordinates 40°45′28″N 73°54′38″W / 40.75778°N 73.91056°W / 40.75778; -73.91056Coordinates: 40°45′28″N 73°54′38″W / 40.75778°N 73.91056°W / 40.75778; -73.91056
District NYC Geographic District 30
Newspaper The Bryant Clipper
Website www.wcbryanths.org
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William Cullen Bryant High School

William Cullen Bryant High School, or William C. Bryant High School, and Bryant High School for short, is a secondary school located in Queens, New York City, United States serving grades 9 through 12.


It is named in honor of William Cullen Bryant, an American romantic poet, journalist, and long-time editor of the New York Evening Post. He is most known for his work as one of the creators of Central Park in Manhattan, New York.


The school has 2,652 students enrolled; the ethnic make-up of the school is 48.3% Hispanic, 27.7% Asian, 2.5% White, and 19.7% African American. The school has a four-year graduation rate of 27% and an attendance rate of 89%[1] The school has a low progress report grade in comparison with its peer school, but it is also true that is serving a population of students with higher needs and a lot of freshman that entered the school are below proficient. In 2010, New York City Department of Education gave the school a letter grade of C.[2] On April 26, PEP voted to close this school down, and a lot of good experienced veteran teachers are being rated unsatisfactory and others are being chased out with the purpose of hiring out of college teachers who may not be proven effective. Mayor Bloomberg on his speech on January 2012 decided to close down this school together with other 23 schools under the turnaround model, although it was granted the transformation model at the beginning of 2011 without doing any negotiating. The turnaround model has not be proven effective in any district in the country, and research suggests that it may even be counterproductive. On June 29, 2012 William Cullen Bryant High School was selected not to be closed down, by an arbitrator who deemed it unfit to close down the school. The school will retain its name, as well as its teachers if they chose to come back.

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  1. ^ "Attendance". The New York City Department of Education. October 10, 2013. Retrieved October 10, 2013. 
  2. ^ http://schools.nyc.gov/OA/SchoolReports/2009-10/Progress_Report_Overview_2010_HS_Q445.pdf

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