Community School for Social Justice

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

Safe, family-like environment; Regents exams not required

The Downside

Not everyone graduates on time

The Community School for Social Justice is a tiny, safe school with a family-like environment and a curriculum based on in-depth projects rather than Regents exams. Students may write and produce their own plays on the theme of social justice with the help of teaching artists from the Manhattan Theatre Club and the Tectonic Theatre Project.  

The school caters to students who enter high school with very weak academic skills and, while not everyone graduates on time, most of those who do graduate go on to college. Some students are homeless, and many had poor attendance in middle school, according to the Comprehensive Educational Plan.

The school works hard to boost attendance with the help of two full-time social workers, a guidance counselor and the staff of a health clinic on campus. Each student is assigned to a “family group” of 15 students and one advisor, who meet four times a week for all four years of high school.

The school is a member of the New York Performance Standards Consortium, a group of schools that are exempt from most Regents exams. Instead, students must present portfolios of their work to a panel of teachers to demonstrate what they have learned in school and provide evidence of progress.

The school shares a building with Health Opportunities High School.  

Admissions: In recent years the school has had room for everyone who wants to attend. (Clara Hemphill, statistics, December 2018)

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
61%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
73%
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
 
81%
Average daily attendance
 
79%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
53%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2019-20 NYC School Survey

Students

343
Number of students
644 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
93%
Students with disabilities
 
27%
Multilingual learners
 
22%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
2%
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
 
100%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
97%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
3%
From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

School
Citywide
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
 
100%
3.5
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
44
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
157 Citywide Average
How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
 
88%
Are teachers effective?
From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey, 2019-20 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 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

Calculus

Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science

Not offered in 2019-20

Physics

Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Math or Science

Not offered in 2019-20

Music

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

College Readiness

School
Citywide
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
 
23%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
9%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
49%
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?
 
40%
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2011-12 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

Social Action

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

Components of the program include: social action club, work with activists who are involved with social justice issues, social action and community service internships, whole school examination of social justice issues.

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

Hebrew, Spanish

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Outdoor Track, Soccer

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Cross Country, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Softball, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams

Stunt

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

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Contact & Location

Location

350 Gerard Avenue
Bronx NY 10451

Trains: 2 Line to 149th St-Grand Concourse; 3 Line to 145th St; 4 Line, 5 Line to 138th St-Grand Concourse; 6 Line to 3rd Ave-138th St

Buses: Bx1, Bx13, Bx15, Bx19, Bx2, Bx21, Bx32, Bx33, M1, M102, M7


Contact

Principal: Jaime Guzman

Parent Coordinator: Candida Cocco

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the building with Health Opportunities HS

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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