South Bronx Preparatory: A College Board School

Grades: 6-12
Staff Pick for Special Ed Noteworthy

Our Insights

What’s Special

Caring staff and high graduation rate

The Downside

Working on offering top students more challenges

South Bronx Prep, which serves grades 6-12, has an excellent record graduating students on time, including those with special needs and those who start middle school with weak academic skills. It’s an orderly school with small classes, a caring staff, and lots of support.

Most classes have two or three adults. Every student is assigned an advisor who gets to know them well, challenging them when necessary and sometimes just making a helpful phone call to remind them to bring their gym shorts.

“They don’t let you drown here,” a student told us on one of our visits. “They don’t hold your hand all the way, but [they] help you do what you never thought you could do.”

Eileen Flanagan, principal since 2007, is an effective manager; nearly all the teachers recommend the school to prospective parents, according to school surveys. Attendance is above average, despite the fact that a significant number of students are in temporary housing, which typically makes it hard to get to school on time.

Located a short walk from the high traffic shopping Hub, South Bronx Prep shares a building with MS 223. Principals of both schools say they have a good working relationship and commonly share resources.

While the school has long served struggling students well, it is working on ways to challenge top students, according to the Comprehensive Education Plan. All students have access to Advanced Placement classes. In addition, students may earn college credits by taking Syracuse University Project Advance (SUPA) classes, taught by their own high school teachers who have received extra training.

Special education:  Special education is one of the school’s strengths. The school serves students with a range of disabilities, including some who are speech impaired and some who are emotionally disturbed, according to the school’s Comprehensive Education Plan. With support and encouragement, many middle school students move from “self-contained” classes to team-teaching classes by 9th grade. the school has a very high graduation rate for students with IEPs.

Admissions: District 7 choice for middle school. Continuing 8th-graders get priority for high school admissions; others are admitted according to the educational option formula designed to ensure a mix of low-, average- and high-peforming students. There are far more applicants that seats available. (Clara Hemphill, web reports, November 2018)


School Stats


How many students graduate in 4 years?
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
Average daily attendance
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey


Number of students
611 Citywide Average


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

How many students were suspended?
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
Years of principal experience at this school
8 Citywide Average
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
226 Citywide Average

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2020-21 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 NY State Report Card, 2021 Guidance Counselor Report and this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Advanced Courses

Which students have access to advanced courses at this school? Learn more


Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science



Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language


AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science


AP/IB Math or Science



Not offered in 2019-20
From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2019-20 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
How many graduates of this school received Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) funding to attend a NYS college?
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2014 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

South Bronx Preparatory

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.


From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP United States History, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Computer Science Principles

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Handball, Outdoor Track, Softball, Table Tennis, Volleyball

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location


360 East 145th Street
Bronx NY 10454

Trains: 2 Line, 5 Line to 3rd Ave-149th St; 4 Line to 138th St; 6 Line to 3rd Ave-138th St

Buses: Bx1, Bx15, Bx17, Bx19, Bx2, Bx21, Bx32, Bx33, Bx4, Bx41, Bx41-SBS, Bx4A


Principal: Ellen Flanagan

Parent Coordinator: Shaunte Martin


Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the building with MS/HS 223

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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