School Details

Banana Kelly High School

965 Longwood Ave, Bronx, NY 10459
(718) 860-1242

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 & ungraded 437 students 16 students/teacher (NY avg is 13)

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Regents Exams (RE)

In 2011-2012 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English language arts, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, earth science, physics and several foreign languages. The results for English language arts, math, living environment, chemistry, earth science, physics, global history and geography, and US history and government are displayed in GreatSchools profiles. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • New York City Geographic District # 8 average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Banana Kelly High School is a public high school in New York. The principal of Banana Kelly High School is MS. CHARLETTE POPE and can be contacted at 437 children attend Banana Kelly High School and are mostly Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian. 14% of the Banana Kelly High School students have "limited English proficiency." 74% of the 437 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Banana Kelly High School is 16:1. Holcombe L Rucker School of Community Research is one of the nearest high schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 66% 62%
Black, non-Hispanic 32% 27%
Asian 2% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 4%
White, non-Hispanic 1% 6%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.4%
Multiracial 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 74% 80%
Limited English proficiency 14% 12%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    The students smoke pott behind the school. And the real student that want to be somebody the staff make it hard for them. The teachers never care about there students just about the money they recieve in their pockets. They make life difficult. Its ashame that students that want to learn. They dont help. They change principle evey year. They dont bother to talk to the kids. They act stuck up. They dont say goodmorning. The security talk on the phone. They do their jobs. In mean time the kids to what ever they wamt. Whenever theres a fight the security gaurd comes late to the point where the fight is over. If anythimg the teachers do their job for them. The new principle thats there now is aweful.

  • (3 years ago)

    The students are animals and jungle bunnies. They talk back and curse the teachers out. If the school closes they should turn it into a jail. They are nothing but a bunch of dirtbags.

  • (5 years ago)

    Its a place where graduate students would love to go back too. Its like a big family everyone gets along very well.. and the teachers are the best.

  • (5 years ago)

    This school is awesome. It is in the heart of the South Bronx and the kids are really sweet and striving for higher achievement than they have ever reached prior. This school has a very unique approach to educating the kids starting with one hour classes and as much support for the kids as a family would have or even more.. Banana Kelly High School needs the money for this 'diamond in the ghetto' so we can continue our vision to have every student who graduates from BKHS be college bound!

  • (5 years ago)

    Banana Kelly is a small school that really focuses on improving the education for our students. All our teachers faculty and administration work together during and after school hours in order to provide the best collaborative lesson planning and school events that will benefit our students and the surrounding community that our students live in.

  • (5 years ago)

    Banana Kelly offers a quality education with a concerned staff that goes the extra mile. It makes sure that the students lead positive lives and are prepared for college.

  • (5 years ago)

    Banana Kelly is place were kids entering into a higher educational environment can do so with a helping hand from both the staff and fellow students.

  • (5 years ago)

    It is a safe learning community for students of the South Bronx. Communication Collaboration and Community are just some of the pillars that the school stands on. The staff cares encourages and challenges the youth of the Bronx.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am proud of Banana Kelly HS because it is so beloved by it's students. Even students who do not do as well as they want to academically are emotionally invested in the school. The staff truly care about the students.

  • (5 years ago)

    Banana Kelly High School is a fabulous school which has many obstacles facing them everyday. Faculty and staff help students become the best they can be under these circumstances and achieve great odds.

  • (5 years ago)

    A small high School in the South Bronx working with many at risk and disadvantaged students Banana Kelly is active in the community and deals with many student s who might 'fall through the cracks' in a tough inner city environment.

  • (5 years ago)

    This is one of the only places in the whole Bronx where students have access to teachers who are neither right out of school and inexperienced nor those who are burnt out and over due for retirement - at BK the vast majority of the staff are experienced dedicated to student's reclaiming their power in their own educations and their own lives.

  • (5 years ago)

    Banana Kelly is a small school with a Big Heart! We are much like a family at BK. First name-basis and a faculty and staff that is accessible to students sometimes even 24 hours a day. We are truly engaged in the practice of transformation!

  • (5 years ago)

    It combines the best teachers and offers the safest environment in upper NYC.

  • (5 years ago)

    Banana Kelly is amazing. It is a very small school compared to the rest of the high schools in the South Bronx and because of that we the students have had the chance to create a family in our beloved Banana Kelly. Everyone is always available for advice a hug or even just a life changing smile. In Banana Kelly i can definitely say if a student is going through problems they wont have to deal with those issues alone. Everyone will help in whatever way they can because as the family that we are when one suffers we all suffer just as when one has achieved something we all feel accomplished because we know that that one smile or maybe that hug helped that person keep going. Banana Kelly can be seen as a haven for most. Like myself many other students had no problem staying after school just to hang out with our family away from home... the Banana Kelly Family. A family that has limited resources but has no limit to the love that is shared amongst one another. There is no end to our love unity and community. I know Banana Kelly can prosper beyond our imagination with help from sponsors like you.

  • (5 years ago)

    despite all the set-backs ie no gym no library no auditorium no common area for student activities and more these students still strive for excellence. im truly honored to worked with such young minds God bless BKHS

  • (5 years ago)

    The school has a dedicated passionate creative and caring faculty and staff loving many good-hearted students a brilliant compassionate creative and dynamic Dean master of mediation and prostudents and a kind passionate hardworking Principal with vision and heart.

  • (5 years ago)

    Supporting students in the South Bronx Creating opportunity for students in the South Bronx. A family comprised of students teachers counselors parents grandparents etc.

  • (5 years ago)

    Banana Kelly is such a great school. They make you feel at home. The school is very small but it gives u a chance to bound with your teachers and staff members. I enjoyed my four years of highschool at that school. I feel like everybody just helps eachother out and push you to do your best. That's why banana Kelly is such a great school

  • (5 years ago)

    Banana Kelly has a great staff of dedicated teachers with a principal that is an inspiration to his staff. We try to empower the students with a love of learning and high self esteem to see them forward in their lives as productive citizens and people in our society.

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