Bronx Latin

An Insideschools pick

800 HOME STREET
BRONX NY 10456 Map
Phone: (718) 991-6349
Website: Click here
Admissions: District 12 choice, limited unscreened
Principal: Annette Fiorentino
Neighborhood: South Bronx
District: 12
Grade range: 06 thru 12

Buses: BX11, BX15, BX17, BX19, BX21, BX27, BX35, BX4, BX5, BX6

What's special:

High expectations and inspiring teachers

The downside:

Rough neighborhood

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Small classes and high expectations are hallmarks of Bronx Latin. Even though most students enter 6th grade with poor academic skills, nearly three-quarters graduate on time. The school is a haven of inspiring teaching and rigorous academics in a historically poor, rough neighborhood, and shares the old IS 158 building with Bronx Career and College Prep and Dr. Richard Izquierdo Health and Science Charter School.

Former assistant principal Annette Fiorentino took the helm in 2012 and has worked to bolster academics. The school has added three new advanced placement courses to its offerings and forged a partnership with Lehman College, where students get priority summer and school-year placement in College Now courses. Bronx Latin was ranked number 27 on the New York Post's 2013 "Top 50 public schools in NYC." "We are a school on the move," says Fiorentino, who has also re-instituted the school’s namesake Latin program, offering courses to 6th- and 7th-graders. Students also read works of Classical literature in their English language arts classes.

In 8th grade and at the high school level, students take four years of Spanish, including AP Spanish during their final year. The high school also offers AP history and statistics, and has plans to offer AP English next school year.

Classroom instruction was found to be lively and engaging. In a 7th-grade science class, a teacher handed out tweezers, clothespins and spoons to function as the “beaks” of birds on an island, and cups represented the birds’ “stomachs.” The materials were distributed along with birdseed for an experiment in which students had to determine which “beak” would be the most successful and why.

When the teacher advised the students to be “nice birds,” one asked whether that didn’t go against the principle of “survival of the fittest.”

“Yes, but in my class the birds are nice,” the teacher replied amid laughter.

In a 9th-grade English class, a teacher sporting a Bronx Latin T-shirt with the words “Will Power” on the back led students in a lesson about thesis statements, explaining that students must prove their points by using quotes and evidence from various sources. “Which you guys are getting really good at,” the teacher said in an encouraging tone.

Science is bolstered by extracurricular projects. A trio of graduating seniors recently won third place at Lehman College’s second annual Bronx SciFest in February 2014 for a project they did under the mentorship of a Lehman chemistry professor. The project involved researching the effects of chemical pollutants upon the surface of different materials used in electronics.

The winning students said they had been accepted into a number of selective colleges, such as SUNY Albany and the University of California, Riverside.

College-advising here begins as early as middle school. Signs hang outside the doors to each classroom with the names of teachers’ college alma maters. “We push 100 percent of our students to get into college,” Fiorentino said. She has also invested a sizable portion of her school budget to provide free SAT prep to the high school’s juniors during a Saturday Academy.

The high school portion of Bronx Latin—which occupies portions of the third and fourth floor of the building – earned high marks in college and career readiness from the DOE. Although only 38 percent of the school’s seniors will be able to pass out of remedial coursework at the City University of New York (CUNY), this is an improvement over 17.5 percent in 2012-13.

The atmosphere is mostly one of harmony—quite literally when you consider the melodious, jazzy sounds of the student orchestra—but there’s also some sporadic student discord. Physical arguments broke out twice during our visit, although in each instance school staff and security swiftly squashed the spats. "The event in the hallway is not common at Bronx Latin," says Annette Fiorentino. "I am happy that my staff responded quickly and was able to prevent an altercation." She says the matter was resolved with a parent conference.

Like a lot of small schools, Bronx Latin doen't offer much in the way of electives, but Fiorentino points out that the school offers four years of music and language, and its courses are structured for students to get advanced regents diplomas. In the high school, students can participate in baseball, basketball, co-ed soccer, softball and girls' volleyball. The middle school offers basketball and co-ed flag football.

All students wear uniforms of black or white collared shirts and beige pants or skirts.

Special education: The school offers self-contained classes in middle school and Integrated Co-Teaching classes for both middle and high school students.

Admissions: District 12 choice for middle school. For high school, students who attend an open house receive preference. (Jamaal Abdul-Alim, March 2014)

Middle InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the former IS 158 Building

Number of Students 523

Average Daily Attendance 90%

Uniforms? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
1%

Black

  
24%

Hispanic

  
75%

White

  
0%

Free Lunch

  
92%

Special ed

  
23%

English Language Learners

  
16%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.61 2.80 CITYWIDE AVERAGE


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

Safety & vibe

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

78% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students say this school offers enough programs to keep them interested?

88% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE KIDS NICE?

How many students complain about bullying?

66% 71% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students say students at their school respect one another?

76% 56% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

97% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

89% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

89% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

24 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students are chronically absent?

27% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam

17% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ela exam

15% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 science exam

37% 51% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS Prep

How many 8th graders pass high school regents exams?

Percent of 8th graders who take and pass the algebra regents:

42% 19% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 8th graders who take and pass a science regents:

35% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How do graduates do in 9th grade?

Percent who pass all their classes freshman year:

90% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:

0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

0% 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:

0% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

0% 4% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:

0% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

0% 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

Percent of ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

0% 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of former ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

13% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the former IS 158 Building

Number of Students 523

Average Daily Attendance 90%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
1%

Black

  
24%

Hispanic

  
75%

White

  
0%

Free Lunch

  
92%

Special ed

  
23%

English Language Learners

  
16%

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

Middle school students reading at grade level:

16% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Middle school students doing math at grade level:

18% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Safety & vibe

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

24 24 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

78% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

89% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

93% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

97% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

27% 34% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

73% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

80% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

76% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

28% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

NA 73% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

8% 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?

5%

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

15%

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?

18% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

409
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

78%

SAT math scores

415
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?

95% 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?

25% 44% 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?

55% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

92% 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. Priority to continuing 8th graders
  2. Then to New York City residents who attend an information session
  3. Then to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

Bronx Latin

Limited Unscreened

Academics

AP COURCES: Biology, Spanish Language

Online: N/A

Language classes: Latin, Spanish

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: National Honor Society (NHS), Drama Club, Glee Club, Basketball Intramurals, Indoor Soccer, Amnesty International, DaVinci Club, Band, College Advisement, Electric Guitar Club, Keyboard Club, After-School Tutoring, Running Club, Peer Mediation Training Program, Peer Tutoring, Saturday Academy, Flag Football, Dance/Cheer Team, Student Council.

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: N/A

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: N/A

Other schools sports: Athletic League: Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball

Source: High school directory

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