ELLIS Preparatory Academy, founded in 2008 by Principal Norma Vega, offers serves a 16 to 21-year old newly arrived immigrant English language learner student body, many of whom have interrupted or otherwise limited formal educations. In addition to meeting New York State Regents exam requirements, ELLIS students prepare and present two academic portfolios each year and participate in internships for three years. As an extended-year school, the ELLIS school year lasts from September through July. Enrichment opportunities are available through taking CUNY College Now courses. In the summer, highly motivated students can participate in College Now institutes and scientific research internships at area universities. College is clearly articulated as the goal for ELLIS students, and over 50% of the inaugural class of 2012 was accepted to four-year colleges.
99 Terrace View Avenue
Bronx, NY 10463
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School Principal: Norma Vega
Year Established: 2008
Enrollment: 221 students
Grades Served: 9-12
Free/reduced lunch: 98%
Demographics: Hispanic: 73.9%, Black: 12.8%, Asian: 12.8%, White: 0.4%
- YMCA and Bronx Arts Ensemble
- High Performance Learning Institute at City College of New York (CCNY)
- Project SEED of the American Chemical Society
Norma has over ten years of experience working with ELLs. Prior to being the principal at ELLIS Prep, she was Special Services Manager at Children’s First Network addressing issues related to ELL youth guidance concerns. Ms. Vega was one of the founding members and former principal of Bronx International High School, which opened in September 2001. She joined the school as a social worker and held that position for three years prior to becoming principal in September 2004. Before arriving at Bronx IHS, Ms. Vega was a social worker at Brooklyn IHS and Legacy High School.
Ms. Vega earned her undergraduate degree from Fordham University, received her MA in Social Work from Columbia University and a MA in Educational Administration from Bank Street College’s Principals Institute.