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Bronx Latin is an orderly, happy place with small classes, teachers who have high expectations and students who seem to love their teachers. Even though most students enter 6th grade with poor academic skills, more than three-quarter graduate on time. Students wear uniforms of black or white collared shirts and beige pants or skirts.
The school is a haven in a poor, sometimes violent, neighborhood. Even so, students and consistently say they feel safe in both in the school and in the area outside the school, according to the Learning Environment Survey.
After a brief period of flux, the school has reinstituted its Latin program. It also offers classes in Greek and Roman history and culture. All students take four years of math and four years of science, and they are better prepared for college than the typical New York City high school student. Class size is about 20, well below the citywide average. Each teacher has three or four classes—rather than the five which is typical in high schools—so students can get extra attention from teachers. Almost every student responding to the survey said their teachers encourage them to succeed and inspire them to learn—a response that’s much higher than typical New York City 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. The school 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.
The school shares the old IS 158 building with Bronx Career and College Prep, and Dr. Richard Izquierdo Health and Science Charter School.
College admissions: The principal and a small team of teachers serve as college advisors. Graduates have been admitted to Connecticut College, Babson, Northeastern and top tier SUNYs including Binghamton, Stonybrook, Buffalo and Albany.
Special education: The school offers both self-contained classes and team-teaching class for students with special needs.
Admissions: District 12 choice for middle school. For high school, students who attend an open house receive preference. (Clara Hemphill, interviews and DOE statistics, July 2012; updated by Aimee Sabo, December 2013)