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Bronx Design and Construction Academy

Grades: 9-12
333 East 151st Street
Bronx NY 10451
Phone: 718-402-7690

Our Insights

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.

ADMISSIONS:  Priority to Bronx students or residents. Admissions is based on the educational option formula, which is designed to admit a mix of low-, average- and high-achieving students. (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

Is this school safe and well-run?

From 2019-20 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 2019-20 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 2019-20 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 2019-20 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 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2019-20 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 2019-20 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

Building Construction and Technology
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
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.


Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP United States History, AP 2-D Art and Design, AP Environmental Science, AP English Literature and Composition


Boys PSAL teams

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

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Flag Football, Volleyball

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools
NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location


Mott Haven (District 7)
Trains: 2 Line, 5 Line to 3rd Ave-149th St; 4 Line to 149th St-Grand Concourse
Buses: Bx1, Bx13, Bx15, Bx17, Bx19, Bx2, Bx21, Bx32, Bx4, Bx41, Bx41-SBS, Bx4A, Bx6, Bx6-SBS, BxM4


Joyce Pulphus
Parent Coordinator
Novlette Wallen

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the Alfred E. Smith Educational Campus with two other schools
Metal detectors?


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