Bronx Regional High School

Grades 10-12


1010 Rev. J. A. Polite Avenue
Bronx NY 10459
Longwood (District 12)


Colin Thomas

What’s Special

Free health and dental clinic

The Downside

Spotty attendance, dangerous neighborhood

Our Review

Founded in 1980, Bronx Regional High School serves students, mostly from the Bronx, who are looking for a path to graduation after experiencing setbacks in a traditional high school. Many students are intimately familiar with the troubles of living in a high crime, low-income neighborhood: gangs, teen-pregnancies, homelessness, and domestic violence. The school aims to increase self-esteem and instill an enthusiasm for learning that will empower its students to go on to college or the work force.

The school shares a building with two other alternative schools, Arturo A. Schomburg Satellite Academy and Roads Charter High School 2. A GED program and a LYFE center that offers daycare for the children of students are also housed in the building. Security was stepped up after a student was shot in December 2012. A school administrator said that since the incident, "There are many many more police in the building, and we have cameras everywhere." The Department of Education planned to install metal detectors, long eschewed by long-time Principal Colin Thomas who has long taken pride in the level of trust in the building.

The school day runs from 7 am to 4 pm and consists of a mostly no-frills education, with just enough courses to allow students to graduate. All classes have SMART boards, laptops and calculators that are regularly used to support student learning. North Central BronxHospital works with the school to tell students about the medical field, while the Cornell University Cooperative Extension conducts nutrition workshops to prevent obesity.Montefiore Medical Center offers free medical and dental services, and students receive birth control, teeth cleanings, and psychological treatment in the building. The center also serves students' children.

Students can stay late for after-school tutoring and extended day creative arts programming. PSAL Alternative League sports includes boys and girls basketball, girls volleyball, co-ed bowling and softball.

Low attendance continues to be an issue at the school. Awards programs for good attendance and financial incentives are some of the ways the administration is attempting to address the problem, according to the Department of Education's Quality Review Report.

Special education: The school offers SETSS.

Admissions: Students must be 16 years of age or older. The admissions process includes an application, a school visit and an interview with a parent or guardian. (Aimee Sabo, online reports and interviews, November 2013)

About the students

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

About the school

Shared campus?
This school shares the Bronx Regional Educational Campus with two other schools
Metal detectors?
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average


Average daily attendance
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
37% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
85% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
57% Citywide Average

About the leadership

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
80% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
86% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 1 dedicated space for Visual arts
This school has 1 licensed art teacher in Music

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
54% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
71% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
68% Citywide Average
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