Bronx High School of Science

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75 WEST 205 STREET
BRONX NY 10468 Map
Phone: (718) 817-7700
Website: Click here
Admissions: exam
Principal:
Neighborhood: Kingsbridge
District:10
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: CYNTHIA GOLAN
Science & Math
Wheelchair Accessible
Screened

Buses: BX1, BX10, BX22, BX26, BX28, BX3

What's special:

Most Nobel prize-winning graduates of any school in the country

The downside:

Punishing workload and lack of individual attention

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

The Bronx High School of Science, one of the most famous schools in the country, has a proud history of training not only scientists but also authors, business executives, and academic leaders. Its graduates have won seven Nobel prizesmore than any other school in the country. Many of the faculty members are Bronx Science alumni.

With an average class size of 34 and a demanding, traditional curriculum, Bronx Science can be a stressful place. Kids are chronically sleep-deprived from hours of homework and long commutes. At the same time, the administration in recent years has taken steps to give students more individual attention. For example, freshman take an introductory seminar called research literacy, capped at 25 students, in which they learn to write about scientific topics, develop their own questions and design their own experiments. In addition, the school now offers special seminar-style after-school classes called “small group instruction” or “SGI” to give students the chance to review material with their teachers.

However fast-paced the school may be, Bronx Science partisans say they are more “chill”—that is, more collegial and less competitivethan students at their famous downtown rival, Stuyvesant High School. While Bronx Science the homework load is heavy for the many students who take multiple Advanced Placement classes their junior and senior years, freshmen, at least, say they have a manageable 1 ½ to 2 hours of homework a night. Freshmen reading lists include classics like Of Mice and Men and The Catcher in the Rye—important but not overly difficult books. Papers for history and English tend to be five to seven paragraphs long. Freshmen take a writing seminar in addition to an English class.

The enrollment has ballooned to more than 3,000, an increase of nearly 600 students since 2006 and well over the 2,300 the building was designed to accommodate. Hallways are jammed packed during class changes. On our visit, we saw a physical education aerobics class of 50 students held in a converted woodshop.

On the positive side, the large size mean the school can offer a wide array of courses. Students may choose from eight foreign languages, including Latin, and may take electives such as Spanish narrative and film. Science courses include electromagnetic theory, organic chemistry, optics, quantitative analysis, astronomy, animal behavior, and horticulture.  There are dozens of clubs and afterschool activities, including one of the top debate teams in the country.

[In 2013 Jean Donahue, assistant principal for biology and physical sciences, took over as the school’s interim acting principal. An alumna of the school, parent of a recent graduate, and former teacher at Bronx Science, Donahue knows the school well. She has a PhD and did cancer reasearch before she came to Bronx Science, where she led the 3-year-research program. According to the Alumni Association’s facebook page, she has strong relationships with many faculty and with the Alumni Association. She stepped in over after former principal Valerie Reidy retired after over a decade of leadership. Reidy stepped down amidst a high-profile investigation about incidents of hazing on the boy’s track team and after years of tension between teachers and administrators.]

College admissions: The administration increased the number of guidance counselors from four in 2006 to 11 in 2011. In addition, the school has two full-time college counselors. Students attend a range of top-tier private colleges—Yale, Haverford, Tufts, Wesleyan, and Barnard, to name a few as well as CUNY and SUNY schools.

Special education: The building is wheelchair accessible. At the time of our visit, 21 students had IEPs and 19 received 504 accommodations for conditions such as ADHD or limited vision.

Admissions: There is one open house in the fall. It's crowded, but well worth attending. Students offer tours of the building in the evening, and both students and staff are available to answer questions. Admission is based on the Specialized Science High School Admissions test (SSHAT) given in the fall. (Clara Hemphill May 2011)

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 3037

Average Daily Attendance 97%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
62%

Black

  
3%

Hispanic

  
6%

White

  
23%

Free Lunch

  
46%

Special ed

  
1%

English Language Learners

  
0%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 3.90 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

33 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

60% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

87% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

90% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

97% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

3% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

100% 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

100% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

100% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

99% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

100% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

0% 11% 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?

86%

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

38%

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

100%

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?

100% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

654
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

100%

SAT math scores

709
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?

88% 76% 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?

83% 45% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

90% 89% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

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

40% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

58% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

School admission priorities:

  1. Open to New York City residents who take the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT)

Source: High school directory

The Bronx High School of Science

Test

Academics

AP COURCES: Art History, Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Chinese Language and Culture, Computer Science A, Computer Science AB, Economics: Macro, Economics: Micro, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Environmental Science, European History, French Language, Government and Politics: Comparative, Government and Politics: United States, Human Geography, Italian Language and Culture, Japanese Language and Culture, Latin: Vergil, Music Theory, Physics B, Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, Physics C: Mechanics, Psychology, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, Statistics, Studio Art: 2-D Design, Studio Art: Drawing, United States History, World History

Online: N/A

Language classes: Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Modern Greek, Spanish

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Arista Honor Society, Big Sibs, Bridge Building, Biology, Math, Physical Science English and Social Studies Journals, Envirothon, Euro Challenge, Fed Challenge, Mock Trial, Model UN, Math Team, S!NG, Musical and Dramatic Theater Productions, Oceanography, Robotics Teams, School Newspaper, Yearbook, Science Olympiad, Speech and Debate Team; We have over 80 clubs representing every possible interest and students have opportunities to start new clubs. Please visit our website, www.bxscience.edu, for a list of clubs (click on Students)

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball & JV Baseball, Basketball & JV Basketball, Bowling, Cricket, Cross Country, Fencing, Golf, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball & JV Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Fencing, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Handball, Indoor Track, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball & JV Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball & JV Volleyball, Wrestling

Other schools sports: Our Girls' Soccer team was 2012 city champions! Please visit the Bronx Science Homepage for a list of sports, coaches and achievements.

Source: High school directory

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