Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists

Grades: 6-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

Art, dance and jazz

The Downside

Attendance and test scores have a ways to go

Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists offers dance in partnership with Alvin Ailey, Afro-Latin jazz, and art classes at Casita Maria Center for Arts Education, one of the oldest Hispanic community organizations in the city.

Bronx Studio shares a spacious building with Casita Maria, the school’s founding partner. In addition to art classes, Casita Maria offers afterschool recreation and tutoring and sponsors college trips for juniors and seniors.

Bronx Studio, founded in 2004, faces challenges. Attendance is below the citywide average, and about one-third of the children miss more than 18 days of school, which interrupts their education. A plan to improve attendance includes training parent leaders to help with parent outreach, and adding more school-wide events to welcome parents.

UNITAS, a mental health organization, provides one-on-one counseling to kids at risk of chemical substance abuse or other struggles. A UNITAS social worker and social work intern lead a group session twice a week.

Many children are behind in reading and math when they arrive and many have special needs. Instruction in the middle and high school needs to be more rigorous and consistent to get kids ready for high school and college, it says in the Quality Review report. The staff has adopted new math and science programs and hired consultants and coaches to help improve academics.

Progress is hard to see but in the school's most recent Comprehensive Educational Plan, teachers celebrated a reduction in the numbers of math students scoring Level 1 (out of 4) by 17 percent, the greatest progress in the district.

Teens who want more challenge may choose from half a dozen Advanced Placement (AP) courses such as art history and biology, and take classes at Hostos Community College. Global Kids, Inc. sponsored an eco-tour to Costa Rica. The Afro-Latin Jazz Alliance offers music classes led by professional musicians twice a week.

A full time college counselor and two interns host a senior parent night to prepare parents for the college admissions process and provide financial aid information.

ADMISSIONS: Open to District 8. Continuing 8th-graders are guaranteed a seat in the high school. New students are admitted according to the Educational Option method, which seeks to admit a range of low-, middle- and high-achievers. (Lydie Raschka, web reports and DOE data, August 2018)



School Stats


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 achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey


Number of students
611 Citywide Average


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2020-21 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?
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
8 Citywide Average
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
226 Citywide Average

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2020-21 School Quality Guide, 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


Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science

Not offered in 2019-20



Advanced Foreign Language

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science


AP/IB Math or Science



From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2019-20 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?
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
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?
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2014 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

Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.


From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English Literature and Composition, AP Statistics, AP Biology, AP English Language and Composition, AP United States History, AP 2-D Art and Design

Boys PSAL teams

Basketball, Rugby, Soccer, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Rugby, Volleyball, Wrestling

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

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location


928 Simpson Street
Bronx NY 10459

Trains: 2 Line, 5 Line to Simpson Street; 6 Line to Hunts Point Ave

Buses: Bx11, Bx17, Bx19, Bx27, Bx35, Bx4, Bx46, Bx4A, Bx5, Bx6, Bx6-SBS


Principal: Dawn Verhille

Parent Coordinator: Iris Alicea


Other Details

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No


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