The Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists (BSSWA) was founded in September 2004 in the Hunts Point-Longwood section of the South Bronx by a fierce collective of teachers, families, and partners. Under no circumstances shall we accept a student’s past academic history, emotional challenges, or socio-economic status as an excuse not to meet our collective mission to cultivate generations of community-based, college bound, scholar-activists committed to leading wide-awake, literacy-rich lives and improving the quality of the world around them.
Our mission consists of three fundamental premises. First, every student has an historical obligation to work hard, get smart, graduate from college and transform her/his communities into better places. Second, we believe there is a “writer” and an “artist” embedded in every single one of us. We proudly recognize ourselves as community-based, college preparatory, public secondary school that employs writing and the Arts to inspire our students and prepare them to excel, academically and socially, in college and the professional world. We regard writing and the arts as fundamental literacies each student should acquire to better decipher, negotiate, and enrich our complex world. And, third, each member of the BSSWA professional family commits her/himself to working alongside each young scholar she or he may encounter, regardless of their assigned grade or cohort, and inspiring her or him to exceed our collective academic and character expectations.
BSSWA has five core values. Our commitment, first and foremost, to:
- Achieve academic excellence
- Extend a helping hand to those in need
- Maintain a peacekeeping culture
- Summon the courage to express our creativity (“think differently!”)
- Demonstrate pride in our school work as well as the accomplishments and gains of others (school spirit), define what it means to be a scholar-activist at BSSWA