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Herbert H. Lehman High School

Grades: 9-12
3000 East Tremont Avenue
Bronx NY 10461
Phone: 718-904-4200

Our Insights

What’s Special

New leadership is invigorating an old school.

The Downside

Academics are a work in progress.

After years of struggling with poor discipline and low academic performance, Lehman High School may be making a comeback. John Powers, formerly an assistant principal at Bronx High School of Science, became principal in 2015 and has hired some of his former Bronx Science colleagues to help reinvigorate the teaching. Attendance, while still below the citywide average, is increasing. Teachers feel more positive about the school, according to annual surveys.

Lehman High School, open to all who live in the attendance zone school, has just 750 students, a sharp decline from 2008 when it had more than 4,300.

The gigantic Lehman Campus building, which houses more than 4,000 students, is divided into six schools. The principals of all six schools meet frequently and plan together to expand opportunities for their students. For example, each small school opens its Advanced Placement classes to all students in the building. The schools share sports teams and a newly renovated library. The principals are all committed to restorative justice, the practice of improving discipline by encouraging students to make amends to those they have wronged, rather than simply punishing them.

Other schools in the building include: Renaissance High School for Musical Theater & Technology, Pelham Lab High School, Schuylerville Prep,Bronx River High School, and Westchester Square Academy.

Although many students fail to graduate on time, the top Lehman students have been admitted to very selective colleges, including Yale University, William and Mary, and Sophie Davis, the CUNY School of Medicine, Powers said. And teachers take care to ensure that even students who drop out of high school have opportunities by, for example, helping them enroll in the Job Corps training and GED program, Powers said.

Special education: Nearly one-quarter of students receive special education services. The schools offers self-contained and team-teaching classes.

Admissions: Zoned school. Out-of zone students also admitted. (Clara Hemphill, telephone interview, June 2017)

[Photo by Jim.henderson, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons]



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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

Computer Science/Information Technology Program
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

Explore the world of Computer Science/Information Technology taught by instructors with real-world experience. Students can earn industry certifications in A+, TestOut (PC Pro, Network Pro, Security Pro, Linux Pro), Networking and Cabling, Security, Adobe Photoshop and Premiere. Courses include Python, AP Computer Science Principles, Computer Repair, Networking, Cisco, Film Production, Digital Photography, Web Development, Audio Engineering and Digital Music.

Anne Hutchinson Honors Program
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description:

Our honors program is committed to challenging students and preparing them for college. We boast a 100% graduation rate for the honors program. Students move as a cohort through honors and Advanced Placement courses. Student supports include SAT preparation course, college visits and college essay writing.

Herbert H. Lehman High School D75 Inclusion Program
Admissions Method: D75 Special Education Inclusive Services
Herbert H. Lehman High School ACES 12:1:1 Program
Admissions Method: ASD/ACES Program
Admissions Method: Zoned Priority
Program Description:

Lehman High School offers an array of computer science (e.g. coding) and digital media courses (e.g. digital photography, film production/editing), as well as AP and SUNY courses.


Language Courses

American Sign Language, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Computer Science A, AP Statistics, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Biology, AP English Literature and Composition, AP English Language and Composition, AP Computer Science Principles, AP Psychology, AP Macroeconomics, AP Chemistry, AP U.S. Government and Politics


Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Football, Indoor Track, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Rugby, Soccer, Tennis, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Flag Football, Indoor Track, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams

Cricket, Stunt

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

Contact & Location


Unionport (District 8)
Trains: 6 Line to Westchester Square-East Tremont Ave
Buses: Bx21, Bx24, Bx31, Bx4, Bx40, Bx42, Bx4A, Bx8


John Powers
Parent Coordinator
Rosaline Torruella

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the Herbert H. Lehman Educational Campus with five other schools
Metal detectors?

Zone for the 2019-2020 school year. Call school to confirm.

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