Bronx Compass High School

Grades 9-12
1980 Lafayette Avenue
Bronx NY 10473
Phone: 718-828-1206
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Our Insights

What’s Special

Learning academics though themes; lap tops for all

The Downside

New school with no track record

Bronx Compass is for creative kids who like art, science and technology and want a say in how and what they will learn. Students create films, songs, and a digital magazine for a student-run company called Dragon Entertainment.

Opened in 2012, Bronx Compass allows students to explore different themes. The themes are digital/fine art, game design, music production, technology and engineering. By 11th grade they will focus on just one. Each student does an internship, takes classes related to the theme and completes a master’s project. All students have access to a laptop computer.

Themes are taught during the school day, in after school workshops and incorporated into academic lessons. Students might write songs and make short films in humanities or use graphic design in math and science. The goal, founding Principal Stacy McCoy told us at a March 2012 high school fair, is “to engage students in all their coursework by leveraging their interests.”

McCoy taught at Bronx Guild, a small high school where children complete projects and internships based on their interests. She ran a digital media workshop for BG seniors that culminated in a festival of student-made films. She is also a painter, filmmaker and musician. “I love art and the theme [of the new school] represents what I love,” she said. Bronx Guild is located in the Stevenson Educational Complex, where Bronx Compass is also located.

With a school so focused on art and technology, a lot depends on finding multi-talented staff, and training them. Speaking on the Brian Lehrer Show, McCoy said the biggest challenge in opening a new school was finding talented staff.

Fortunately, Bronx Compass has two good partnerships. One is iZone360, a group of educators that help schools with planning and design - particularly schools that are committed to personalized learning. (One of the perks of being chosen as an Izone school is that every student gets to use a laptop.) The Institute for Student Achievement (ISA), provides support for teachers and parents, and helps teens with college readiness.

The Stevenson complex houses nine small schools that share sports teams, a library and a cafeteria. While some of the schools are performing well, two are being phased out. Students must pass through metal detectors to enter the building but on previous visits we found the atmosphere safe and welcoming.

Clubs include Tech Squad, Video Games, Fit Challenge, Campus Garden Stewards and Open Art Studios in film, music and fine art.

Admissions: Limited unscreened. Priority to Bronx students or residents who attend an information session, fair or open house. (Lydie Raschka, March 2012, interviews at the high school fair)


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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 2016-17 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 2015-16 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 2016-17 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
74% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
77% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
37% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
38% Citywide Average

From 2017 NY State Graduation Outcomes

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

Who does this school serve?

From 2017-18 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
37% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
59% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
66% Citywide Average

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

Directory Details

Programs and Admissions

The Bronx Compass High School
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description


Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English Literature and Composition, AP U.S. History


Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Football, Outdoor Track, Soccer

Girls PSAL teams

Badminton, Basketball, Indoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball

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

Contact & Location


Castle Hill (District 8)
Trains: N/A
Buses: Bx22, Bx27, Bx36, Bx39, Bx5, BxM8


Brett Roer
Parent Coordinator
Cynthia Valerio

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the Adlai E. Stevenson Educational Campus with six other schools
Metal detectors?


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