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Bronx Arena High School

Grades: 9-12
1440 Story Avenue
Bronx NY 10473
Phone: 718-860-5056

Our Insights

What’s Special

Online learning combined with regular classes

The Downside

Desolate neighborhood

Bronx Arena offers older teenagers who have fallen behind in their studies a second chance to get a high school diploma. The school combines online learning with face-to-face instruction in a method pioneered by Principal Ty Cesene at an alternative school in El Segundo, California.

The approach allows students to work at their own pace and to accumulate credits faster than they might in a traditional school, said Nancy Ulman, an official for New Visions for Public Schools, the non-profit group that provides support to the school. The school has a waiver from the state requirement that students spend a certain amount of time in class, called "seat time."

Each student has access to a computer during school to work through the online curriculum, and students are pulled out into mini-lessons and small groups to work in person with teachers and peers on project-based learning, Cesene told the online magazine Bronx Mama. The school, opened in 2011, was featured in an article in Education Week which focused on its teaching approach, combining online learning and face-to-face instruction. A video interviewing students in the school has been posted on YouTube [see video on this page.]

Students are paired with advocate counselors from the SCO Family of Services, a social service agency that provides social and emotional support as well as college counseling.

Bronx Arena is located in a desolate neighborhood a block away from the Bruckner Expressway, but it is housed in a new building with a handsome skylight and bright, clean interiors. The Soundview Educational campus, opened in 2003, also houses the Felisa Rincon de Gautier Institute for Law and Public Policy. Bronx Arena replaces Bronx Academy High School, a transfer school that is being closed for poor performance.

Admissions: The school accepts students ages 16-21 who have had at least one year in a general high school. Mid-year admissions are possible. Contact the school by phone or through its website for details. (Clara Hemphill, web reports, interviews, August 2012)

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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 2017-18 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
77% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
85% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
36% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
81% Citywide Average

From 2016-17 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
3% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
75% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

Transfer school graduation rate
54% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
45% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
39% Citywide Average

From 2017 NY State Graduation Outcomes

How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
13% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
64% Citywide Average

For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Contact & Location


Soundview (District 8)
Trains: 6 Line to Whitlock Ave
Buses: Bx5, Bx6, Bx6-SBS


Ty Cesene
Parent Coordinator

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the Soundview Educational Campus with one other school
Metal detectors?

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