Bronx Haven High School
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Individualized attention from staff and advisors
Most graduates require remedial help in college
Bronx Haven High School, in partnership with New Visions for Public Schools and East Side Settlement House, provides a supportive environment for older students who have been unsuccessful at other schools and want to obtain credits quickly so they can graduate.
Bronx Haven, which is housed in Alfred E. Smith High School (along with Bronx Design and Construction Academy), runs on a trimester schedule, allowing students to accrue up to 18 credits a year, compared to the typical 11 at traditional high schools.
The most recent Quality Review gives the school high marks for maintaining a culture that supports students' academic and personal growth. Through Bronx Haven's partnership with East Side Settlement House, each student is paired with an advisor who provides individualized academic guidance, college and career prep, and help developing life skills. Students also have opportunities for paid internships.
Acccording to the School Survey, more than three-quarters of Bronx Haven staff say they are happy with the leadership of principal Jazmin Rivera-Polanco, and 95 percent of students say they feel safe in the school.
Extracurricular activities include spoken word and digital media courses, as well as student leadership programs. Female students may participate in the Girls Empowered Motivated and Strong (GEMS) program, which works with them on self-esteem and academic and social-emotional goals. Males may take part in the Building Better Men (BBM) program to develop leadership skills; many who take part in BBM are chosen for leadership roles within the school or as mentors for new students.
Bronx Haven's graduation rate is slightly above the citywide average for transfer schools. Yet, despite the supportive and safe environment and a curriculum that is focused helping students pass Regents exams, few students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll in CUNY schools without needing remedial help.
ADMISSIONS: Open to students who are at least 16 and have been enrolled at another high school. Contact Bronx Haven directly to learn more about how to enroll. (Elizabeth Herr, school statistics and DOE reports, July 2018)Read more