Bronx International High School

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1110 BOSTON ROAD
BRONX NY 10456 Map
Phone: (718) 620-1053
Website: Click here
Admissions: New immigrants
Wheelchair accessible
Principal: Joaquin Vega
Neighborhood: South Bronx
District: 9
Grade range: 09 thru 12
Parent Coordinator: NTINA DIAZ

Buses: BX13, BX15, BX17, BX21, BX35, BX4, BX41, BX6

What's special:

Welcoming program to help new immigrants learn English

The downside:

Metal detectors

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Bronx International teaches new immigrants from all over the world how to speak, read, and write English while taking regular high school classes.

Students and teachers give the school high marks on the Learning Environment Survey. Students say that their teachers inspire them to learn and that they feel welcome at school. Both teachers and students reported feeling safe in the classroom and around the building.

Joaquin Vega, principal since 2006, taught for 10 years at Manhattan International and was assistant principal at Bronx International.

Bronx International is part of the Internationals Network for Public Schools, which includes 16 schools in New York City that are committed to educating recently arrived immigrants and preparing them for college. Like at the other Internationals network schools, classes at Bronx International are taught in English. Students often work in pairs or small groups and are grouped so that students of all levels of English proficiency can work together.

The school, founded in 2001, is housed on the third floor of the Morris High School building, a castle-like structure, built in 1897, with high ceilings, stained-glass windows, two gyms, a dance studio, cafeteria, and a beautiful auditorium, with a balcony, and an organ with huge pipes. Students must pass through metal detectors to enter and share the building with several other small schools.

Bronx International struggles with attendance, as many students take extended vacations to their home countries. Both attendance and graduation rates are below the citywide average, but the majority of students who graduate do go on to college.

Extracurricular activities include music, dance, and visual arts classes from the Bronx Arts Ensemble. Students are also encouraged to participate in the school’s internship program to explore careers that are of interest to them and to use their English skills in real-life situations.

Special education: Limited special education services. Students with disabilities are in the general education classroom for the majority of their school day.

College admissions: Graduates have been admitted to PACE, The New School, Bard, Guilford College, and CUNY and SUNY schools. The school partners with NYU’s APEX (Adolescent Post-Secondary Education Exchange Program) Program and Phillip’s College to provide college preparation opportunities for students.

Admission: Students who have been in the United States for fewer than four years are eligible. (Vanessa Witenko, December 2007, updated with DOE statistics, Pauline Zaldonis, December 2012)

InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

Morris Educational Campus

Number of Students 414

Average Daily Attendance 83%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
2%

Black

  
24%

Hispanic

  
72%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
94%

Special ed

  
4%

English Language Learners

  
90%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.20 2.80 CITYWIDE AVERAGE


1 = Far below grade level 2 = Below grade level 3 = At grade level 4 = Above grade level

Safety & vibe

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

11 24 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

91% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

81% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

How many students say they feel safe in hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?

78% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?

88% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

48% 34% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

50% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

82% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

64% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen earned an advanced regents diploma within 4 years?

0% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

84% 73% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

6% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

College prep

Does this school offer a college preparatory curriculum?

How many students took an AP or IB class and scored at least a "3" on the AP exam or a "4" on the IB exam?

0%

How Many Students took a College Course and Got a "C" or Higher?

13%

How many students passed a Regents exam for algebra 2, physics or chemistry?

1%

Are students ready for college?

How many 2009 freshmen graduated in four years with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?

6% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

317
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2009 freshmen graduated in four years and enrolled in college?

59%

SAT math scores

328
425 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 514 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

Is the guidance counseling helpful?

How many students say that this school provides helpful counseling on college or job-seeking?

74% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students starting school in 2008 graduated within 4 years?

NA 44% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students starting school in 2006 graduated within 6 years?

89% 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students with disabilities spend most of the day with non-disabled peers?

80% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say students with disabilities are included in all activities?

84% 88% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners starting school in 2008 graduated within 4 years?

38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners starting school in 2006 graduated within 6 years?

57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

School admission priorities:

  1. Open only to New York City residents living in the United States four years or fewer who are English Language Learners per New York City Department of Education guidelines scoring at the Beginner or Intermediate level on the NYSESLAT or LAB-R.

Source: High school directory

Bronx International High School

Screened: Language

Academics

AP COURCES: N/A

Online: N/A

Language classes: N/A

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Afro-Caribbean Drumming, Ballroom Dance, Capoeira (Brazilian Martial Arts), Chorus, Drama, Guitar, Homework Help, Latin Dance, Modern Dance, One-to-One Tutoring, Photography, SAT Prep, Violin, Visual Arts, Web Page Design.

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball & JV Basketball, Bowling, Volleyball

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Softball, Volleyball

Other schools sports: N/A

Source: High school directory

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