Bronx high school principal threatens to cancel proms unless students achieve 100 percent graduation rate

Mar 15, 2013 by

She’s the Prom Killer.

A no-frills high-school principal has canceled prom for her Bronx school’s entire senior class unless they magically achieve a 100 percent graduation rate, sources told The Post.

Collegiate Institute for Math and Science second-year Principal Shadia Alvarez stunned her hard-working kids last week by conveying the harsh ultimatum on a poster hung in the hallway near her office.

“Senior Prom 2013 CANCELLED Till further notice,” reads the color poster. “There will NOT be a PROM without a 100% Guarantee Graduation Rate.”

The poster, which is illustrated with images of dapper flappers and a steak-and-potatoes dinner plate, concludes by putting the onus on students: “Will there be a Senior Prom? How will you make this happen?”

MISS-STEP: This poster put up by Principal Shadia Alvarez has seniors at Collegiate Institute for Math and Science up in arms.

MISS-STEP: This poster put up by Principal Shadia Alvarez has seniors at Collegiate Institute for Math and Science up in arms.

The Bronxdale school’s preliminary 4-year graduation rate was nearly 90 percent — well above the citywide average of roughly 66 percent.

But only seven schools in the whole city achieved a perfect graduation rate in 2012, according to preliminary city Department of Education figures — all of them schools that have entrance requirements.

“The prom is supposed to be like a reward for all the students who did well,” said one frustrated 18-year-old senior. “I think it’s unfair that the principal wants to punish everyone. It’s not our fault all those other kids failed.”

The Big Dummy Herself!

A source at the campus said the principal recently confirmed her intention to cancel the prom — unless all struggling seniors move mountains in the next three months — during a meeting with students.

“The seniors are being punished, [but] these kids are solid!” said the source. “It’s no way to motivate kids. If anything, she made it worse and ruined their dreams of a fun, memorable night with friends.”

Alvarez declined to speak with a reporter at the school and did not respond to an e-mail seeking comment.

A school staffer relayed a message from Alvarez — who was occupied with parent-teacher conferences — that said only, “I don’t know what poster you are talking about.”

A Department of Education spokeswoman said she didn’t know anything about the prom poster, either.

via Bronx high school principal threatens to cancel proms unless students achieve 100 percent graduation rate – NYPOST.com.

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