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Community School for Social Justice

Grades: 9-12
350 Gerard Avenue
Bronx NY 10451
Phone: 718-402-8481

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)

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School Stats

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

Is this school safe and well-run?

From 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
79% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
82% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
48% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
41% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
67% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2019-20 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
38% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
66% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
68% Citywide Average

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.


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


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


Mott Haven (District 7)
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


Jaime Guzman
Parent Coordinator
Candida Cocco

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the building with Health Opportunities HS
Metal detectors?


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