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What’s Special

Hands-on training in construction trades and architectural drafting

The Downside

Low graduation and attendance rates

At Bronx Design & Construction Academy (BxCDA) students get hands-on training in architecture or building trades: plumbing, carpentry, electrical engineering or HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning).

In the architecture program, students learn manual drafting, computer drafting, 3-D computer drafting and the architectural design software, Revit. They participate in the annual Skills USA competitions.

Students in the building trades program take a survey course in 9th grade, then specialize in one trade in grades 10 to 12.

Ninth-graders participate in small group advisories to ease their transition to high school. Each incoming 9th-grader is assigned a counselor who keeps tabs on that student’s academic and social-emotional progress throughout all four years of high school.

Despite the supports for students, challenges persist. The BxCDA’s graduation and daily attendance rates are low; many students are chronically absent, meaning they miss more than 18 days of school each year. Teachers and students expressed concerns over order and safety at the school based on their responses to the NYC School Survey.

BxCDA shares a building with Alfred E. Smith High School, and Bronx Haven. The three schools share a cafeteria, small library, auditorium, gym and an outdoor turf-coated football/soccer field. Students from all schools in the building may participate in variety of campus-wide sports.  

SPECIAL EDUCATION:  The school offers self-contained and ICT (integrated co-teaching) classes. BxCDA also uses the co-teaching model in English and Social Studies classes for English language learners, where students are taught by two teachers, one certified in English-as-a-new-language and the other certified in the content area, according to the school's annual Comprehensive Educational Plan. There are also dedicated classes for beginning English speakers. (Laura Zingmond, web reports, December 2018)

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School Stats

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


How many students graduate in 4 years?
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
How many English language learners 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 achieve the goals of their students' IEPs?
From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey


Number of students
Citywide Average is 615


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2022-23 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?
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
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
Citywide Average is 7
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
Citywide Average is 157

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2021-22 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 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


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 2021-22 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?
How many students who have graduated from this high school stay in college for at least 3 semesters?
From the 2020-21 and 2021-22 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
From the 2022-23 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by Visit Understanding FAFSA for help with the FAFSA and financial aid.
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2024 High School Directory

Building Construction and Technology (Y51A)

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

Students will experience all trades: Electrical Engineering, Carpentry Technology, Plumbing Technology, and Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Technology as a rotation before choosing their desired field of study. Students will obtain OSHA certification prior to beginning college-level CTE coursework in their second year. Internships begin as early as the 10th grade. Students will also have access to NCCER certification upon completion of a building trade curriculum.

Architecture and Design (Y51B)

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

The 4-year course work enables students to work in architectural or building construction related jobs, or continue toward an advanced degree in the field. Students explore industry levels of mastery in AutoCAD, 3-D Modeling and printing, and Revit. Graduates find employment in related industries such as building engineering, construction, code enforcement, materials manufacturing, and residential design/build contracting.


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Language Courses


Advanced Courses

Algebra II (Advanced Math), AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP Studio Art - 2D, AP United States History, AP World History: Modern

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Football, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Flag Football, Volleyball

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

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Contact & Location


333 East 151 Street
Bronx NY 10451

Trains: 2 Line, 5 Line to 149th St-3rd Av; 4 Line to 149th St-Grand Concourse

Buses: Bx1, Bx13, Bx15, Bx17, Bx19, Bx2, Bx21, Bx32, Bx4, Bx41, Bx41-SBS, Bx6, Bx6-SBS, BxM4, M125


Principal: Joyce Pulphus

Parent Coordinator: Novlette Wallen


Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Alfred E. Smith Educational Campus with two other schools

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes

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