Collegiate Institute for Math and Science

925 ASTOR AVENUE
BRONX NY 10469 Map
Phone: (718) 944-3635
Website: Click here
Admissions: Bronx preference
Principal: Fredrick Nelson
Neighborhood: Baychester
District: 11
Grade range: 9-12
Science & Math
Wheelchair Accessible

Buses: Bx12, Bx12-SBS, Bx26, Bx39, Bx8

What's special:

Nice selection of AP classes; lots of trips to college campuses

The downside:

Large class sizes; students must pass through metal detectors

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Collegiate Institute for Math and Science (CIMS) offers students experienced teachers, challenging work and school partnerships with the University of Vermont and Vassar College. The school is located on the third and fourth floor of the massive Christopher Columbus High School Campus building, which is home to several small high schools.

College preparation begins early at CIMS. Starting in 9th grade, students visit colleges. The University of Vermont and Vassar College sponsor student trips to their campuses. In the upper grades, students meet with an advisor two to three times a week to review transcripts, college applications, financial aid forms, essays and more.

All teachers have at least several years experience. In classrooms, observed we saw a mix of teaching styles. In some, students were sitting in rows listening to the teacher at the front of the room. In others, students worked in small groups. Classrooms were colorful and decorated with student work.

Students must take four years each of social studies, science, English and math. For a small school, CIMS offers a nice range of challenging courses including Advanced Placement (AP) classes in calculus, chemistry, physics, English, Spanish and US history. More than half of CIMS students take AP courses, some as early as 10th grade, and many participate in internships. Student also can choose from a slew of elective courses, including poetry, film, philosophy, food science, robotics, journalism, genetics, psychology and law.

Class sizes run large, ranging from 27 to 34 students, according to the principal, Shadia Alvarez, who took over in 2011.

All campus schools share use of the lunchroom, gyms, auditorium, culinary arts room and outdoor field. Students in all schools can participate in campus-wide sports teams and orchestras.

Students and visitors must pass through metal detectors to enter the building.

Of those who graduated in 2011, 98 percent went to college. Most attend CUNY or SUNY schools, but every year some attend Ivy League and other private schools, including Barnard, Mercy, Smith, Brandeis, Columbia, Cornell, and New York University.

Special education: The school offers ICT (Integrated Collaborative Teaching) classes and extra support on a pull-out basis.

Admissions: Priority to Bronx students or residents who attend an information session.  (Nikki Dowling, May 2012)

InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

Christopher Columbus Educational Campus

Number of Students 656

Average Daily Attendance 89%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
10%

Black

  
34%

Hispanic

  
46%

White

  
10%

Free Lunch

  
78%

Special ed

  
18%

English Language Learners

  
4%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.64 2.40 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

21 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

56% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

94% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

76% 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?

29% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2014

How many students graduated within 4 years?

82% 73% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

93% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many students graduated within 4 years?

88% 65% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

30% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

84% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

4% 10% 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?

15%

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

19%

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

47%

Are students ready for college?

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

55% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

448
418 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 497 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

87% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

456
426 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 513 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

Is the guidance counseling helpful?

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

78% 76% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

59% 47% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

46% 54% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

76% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

86% 89% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners graduated within 4 years?

37% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners graduated within 6 years?

56% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

School admission priorities:

  1. Priority to Bronx students or residents who attend an information session
  2. Then to New York City residents who attend an information session
  3. Then to Bronx students or residents
  4. Then to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

Collegiate Institute for Math and Science

Limited Unscreened

Academics

AP COURSES: Calculus AB, Chemistry, English Literature and Composition, Physics B, Spanish Language and Culture, Spanish Literature and Culture, Studio Art: Drawing

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: The Challenge academic competition; All academic and artistic Extracurricular Activities and Clubscurricular activities on the Christopher Columbus Campus are open to our students, ASPIRA, Chess, choirs and dance activities, Drama, Environmental, Ex Libris Chapter of National Honor Society, Film, Historical Foods, Humane Society, Humane Teens, campus bands, Literary Magazine, National Spanish Honor Society, Web Design and Development, Young Men's and Young Women's Leadership

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball & JV Baseball, Basketball & JV Basketball, Bowling, Football & JV Football, Golf, Indoor Track, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Gymnastics, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball & JV Volleyball

Other schools sports: Cheerleading; all Christopher Columbus Educational Campus sports teams are open to our students

Source: High school directory

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