Bronx International High School

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

What's special:

Welcoming program to help new immigrants learn English

The downside:

Metal detectors

The InsideStats


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)

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