Bronx Academy High School
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New building; second-chance school.
One of the city's first "second chance" programs for older students, Bronx Academy High School closed at the end of the 2012-2013 school year after years of poor performance. In 2010, only 49 percent of students graduated in six years and students ranked in the bottom 10 transfer schools for credits and graduation. In April 2011 the Panel for Education Policy approved the DOE’s proposal to phase out and replace the school.
The Soundview Educational Campus, which housed Bronx Academy High School, is located in a desolate neighborhood a block away from the Bruckner Expressway, but it boasts a handsome skylight and bright, clean interiors. The building now houses The Felisa Rincon Gautier Institute for Law and Public Policy and Bronx Arena High School, another transfer school that replaced Bronx Academy High School. (Clara Hemphill, August 2012. Updated to reflect school closure by Pauline Zaldonis, August 2013.)