Children's Aid Community School Named Best in New York City

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On Wednesday, November 3rd, Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein released the Department of Education’s ‘2010 High School Progress Reports,’ and one of our Bronx community schools, Theatre Arts Production Company School (TAPCO), was named the top-rated high school in New York City!

We at The Children’s Aid Society are very proud that one of our community schools has earned this recognition. In the case of TAPCO, its core academic programs are supplemented by Children’s Aid’s addition of after-school, college prep, and community-building efforts. Community schools are a proven education reform strategy. Through its integration into the lives of families and neighborhoods, the school becomes the heart of the community and students, especially those who might otherwise be left without or left behind, become physically, emotionally and socially prepared to learn.

Lynn Passarella, principal of TAPCO, initially sought a partnership with Children’s Aid because she believes in the value of social-emotional learning. We’re proud to partner with a leader who maintains such a steadfast belief in her students and who cares so deeply about the complex needs of families and communities. While there are no easy answers for struggling schools, especially ones in our least resourced communities, we know that proven reform strategies like community schools work to help students overcome issues in their lives that have become obstacles to learning.

Thanks to its relationship with CAS, TAPCO has gained admission for students in the Fred Dolan Art Academy, an intensive preparatory program in the visual arts for low-income students. The Academy has a terrific record of placing graduates in prestigious art schools. Our Wagon Road Camp, a beautiful 52-acre wooded campus in Chappaqua, NY, is virtually an offsite campus for TAPCO students, where staff lead team-building retreats and students can find a quiet space to study for Regents exams. Children’s Aid staff from Wagon Road also work in the school, conducting advisories that are critical to student welfare and well being.

Kudos to Lynn Passarella, her administrative team, teachers, parents, and, of course, the students of TAPCO for investing in their common success.

Richard R. Buery, Jr.

President and CEO
The Children’s Aid Society