Bronx Lab School

800 EAST GUN HILL ROAD
BRONX NY 10467 Map
Phone: (718) 696-3700
Website: Click here
Admissions: Bronx priority
Principal: Sarah Marcy
Neighborhood: Norwood
District: 11
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: ANGELA CONTRERAS
Humanities & Interdisciplinary

Buses: Bx28, Bx30, Bx38, Bx39, Bx41, Bx8

What's special:

Full-time college staff; Outdoor program and lots of trips

The downside:

No Advanced Placement classes; struggling to improve test scores

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Bronx Lab School’s green walls and brightly painted murals give it a comfortable and cozy feel. Teachers go by their first names and the small-school atmosphere keeps the students and teachers close. “Teachers actually care about you as an individual,” said a 12th grader. 

Throughout the year, students go on multi-day trips, called "Explore Weeks." In one Explore Week, students interviewed veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. In the process, the students learned how to film and edit their own mini-documentaries.

Outdoor trips are abundant, with an annual 250-mile biking trip of the Underground Railroad in Ohio and a mandatory camping trip for incoming freshmen on the first week of school. “All these trips let you improve yourself as a leader and makes you more open-minded,” commented one student.

“This school is very good for students who are middle-of-the-road because we have a lot of resources for them,” explained Shenea Hunt, a college counselor. “Students can do really well here and learn good life skills.” Students keep the same group for advisory in all four years and teachers say it’s rare for a student to slip through the cracks.

The school opened in 2004 in the Evander Childs Educational Complex, a building that has had a bad reputation in the past. But Principal Christopher Lagares, a former history teacher at Manhattan Village Academy, says: “This is no longer Evander Childs. We’re finally breaking the stereotype.”

The school has a senior seminar, and 9th graders take an Integrated Math and Science class that combines algebra, geometry and physics. A select group of 10th graders participate in an internship program, working two days a week at various sites including architectural firms, dental offices and Montefiore Medical Center. 

On Wednesdays, classes end early for credit recovery classes and professional development. A mandatory extended-day program for 9th graders offers electives and allows students to attend office hours of their teachers for extra help twice a week. “We work really hard to make sure that students who don’t always come to us high school-ready are college-ready when they leave,” explained Lagares.

Despite a full-time college staff to organize a college curriculum for all students, only about two-thirds of students graduate with a Regent's diploma. However, scores and graduation rates have improved consistently, students have collectively received $7.6 million in scholarship funds since 2008, and 12 students have been awarded Posse Foundation Scholarships.

Seniors participate in an annual SUNY Lock-in in October; they stay at school until evening filling out college applications with assistance from staff. Advanced students may take College Now courses at Lehman College, though there are no Advanced Placement classes.

After graduation, 80 percent of students plan to attend college, mostly in 2-year programs at CUNY schools. Some enroll in 4-year programs at CUNY, SUNY and private universities like Fordham.

Special counselors from the Institute for Student Achievement and FEGS Health and Human Services set students up with afterschool jobs.

Bronx Lab shares the gym, weight room and indoor track with the High School of Computers and Technology and the Bronx High School for Writing and Communication Arts, often holding gym with all three schools together in one session. The whole school goes to lunch together and shares the cafeteria with another school. Though the school itself was clean, many of the shared spaces became increasingly dirty as the day went on. Bronx Academy of Health Careers, High School for Contemporary Arts and Bronx Aerospace High School also share the building.

The school also has building-wide PSAL sports and active clubs like the Gay-Straight Alliance and the American Appalachian Club. “We try to connect students with different programs to give them a reason to come to school,” commented Lagares.

Global Explorers Learning AFAR program promotes cross-cultural exchange by sponsoring international travel for students who cannot otherwise afford it. In 2012, 10 students volunteered in Mexico. Selected students attend a summer program at The Hotchkiss School in Connecticut.

Special education: Students are mainstreamed into regular classes through ICT. SETSS is available to those who qualify.

Admissions: The school gives preference to Bronx students and those who attend an information session. (Aryn Bloodworth, November 2012)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

Evander Childs Educational Campus

Number of Students 476

Average Daily Attendance 86%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
3%

Black

  
40%

Hispanic

  
55%

White

  
2%

Free Lunch

  
100%

Special ed

  
18%

English Language Learners

  
7%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.70 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

22 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

53% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

64% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

72% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

52% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

41% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many students graduated within 4 years?

66% 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

78% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many students graduated within 4 years?

58% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates earned an advanced regents diploma within 4 years?

0% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

80% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

14% 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?

0%

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

10%

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

5%

Are students ready for college?

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

15% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

394
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated in four years and enrolled in college?

64% 62% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

391
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?

68% 76% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

36% 45% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

67% 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

97% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

97% 89% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners graduated within 4 years?

40% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners graduated within 6 years?

58% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

School admission priorities:

  1. Priority to New York City residents who attend an information session
  2. Then to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

Bronx Lab School

Limited Unscreened

Academics

AP COURSES: Biology

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Instrumental and Vocal Music Program, Visual Arts, Academic Enrichment, SAT Preparation Clubs: Student Council, Dance, Yearbook, Gay-Straight Alliance, Fitness, Jazz Band, Biking, FEGS Work Readiness Program (WIA), Film, Cheer, Step

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball & JV Basketball, Cross Country, Football & JV Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Swimming, Volleyball

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Softball, Volleyball

Source: High school directory

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