Safe, family-like environment; Regents exams not required
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)
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Faculty & Staff
Programs & AdmissionsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
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.
OfferingsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
Contact & Location
350 Gerard Avenue
Bronx NY 10451
Trains: to 149th St-Grand Concourse; to 145th St; , to 138th St-Grand Concourse; to 3rd Ave-138th St
Buses: Bx1, Bx13, Bx15, Bx19, Bx2, Bx21, Bx32, Bx33, M1, M102, M7
This school shares the building with Health Opportunities HS
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Bronx, NY 10451
Bronx, NY 10451