Post Tagged with: "Banana Kelly High School"


Residents rally against school merger

Students and educators rally at City Hall on Feb. 27.

“We’ve been told a merger is different than a closure because students and teachers will have a school to go to,” said one teacher. “However, Rucker will be no more. Where do our public schools go? They’re relocated permanently, and they’re forgotten.”


Parents clamor for more charter schools

Key for abbreviations above: % SS = percentage of students meeting state standards in English (E) and math (M). For high schools, % grad = percentage of students graduating in four years. SN = percentage of students with special needs, and ELL = percentage of English language learners.

Local state elected officials are calling for more charter school seats in the area, citing statistics from charter advocates that one in three families on New York City’s charter school waitlists are from the Bronx.

Education / Government

Programs unveiled for struggling schools

Banana Kelly High School is among four area schools the DOE has placed in its Renewal Program.

Four schools in Hunts Point and Longwood have been targeted as part of the mayor’s new Renewal School Program, which means longer school days, more teacher training and other changes.


After school program unites area kids

Students play games at Unitas.

Over the years, Unitas’ after school program has served hundreds of children, but perhaps even more unique is its ability to keep them coming back.

Education / Politics

City will close Banana Kelly HS

This is an updated version of a story first published on the Hunts Point Express website on April 8th.  The city’s Department of Education will close Banana Kelly High School at the end of the current school semester, reinterview faculty for their jobs, hire new teachers to replace those it […]


Banana Kelly students, teachers clash with DOE

Some 50 students, teachers and union representatives faced off against an official from the city’s Department of Education in the cafeteria of Banana Kelly High School on April 4th, to argue the education department should scrap its proposal to close the school and reopen it with a new name. 


Reading takes center-stage in Hunts Point

By Kimberly Devi Milner The Point CDC kicked off its second year in the national literacy initiative, The Big Read, on March 2nd, with Julia Alvarez discussing her acclaimed 2004 novel, “In the Time of the Butterflies,” via Skype.  

Education / News

Banana Kelly principal calls it quits

In a letter tinged with sadness and bitterness, the embattled principal of Banana Kelly High School has resigned. Joshua Laub, who headed the school for 12 years, blamed city policies for the declining fortunes of the school, where graduation rates have been falling while enrollment climbed. Saying the Department of […]

Education / Health

New health clinic opens at Banana Kelly HS

New health clinic opens at Banana Kelly HS

To help keep kids in class, one Longwood school has opened a doctor’s office on campus. Students without health insurance can be plagued by a number of factors that result in their absence from school, and often in trips to the emergency room. Physical ailments, family problems, mental health issues, […]