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What’s Special

Lots of field trips; strong college guidance

The Downside

Attendance rate has room for improvement

At Bronx Compass High School students enjoy a range of field trips and lots of support in and out of the classroom. The school is on the upswing thanks to a change in leadership, more academic help and the addition of advanced courses. 

Principal Brett Roer arrived in January 2017 on the heels of three principal changes in one calendar year. Since his arrival, graduation rates have risen dramatically, several Advanced Placement classes have been added and the school has invested in a range of supports. 

Teachers and staff offer multiple levels of support. For instance, 9th grade algebra runs a double period to give students more time to digest lessons and catch up on lagging math skills. After-school and weekend tutoring helps students in all grades stay on track in their classes. 

Four full-time guidance counselors and a social worker support students—a lot for a small school. The guidance suite is stocked with free toiletries, school supplies, food to take home and even clothes for any student in need; students may also wash their clothes in laundry machines on-site. 

Bronx Compass has shifted away from its original mission as an arts and technology school in favor of a greater focus on academics, though the school continues to offer classes in music production and instrumental music. 

Field trips and after-school activities help keep students engaged. A popular culinary after-school program is run in partnership with the Food Network. Students attend Broadway plays, visit museums, learn to ride bicycles in Crotona Park and take an overnight trip to Washington D.C.  

Seniors have a dedicated guidance counselor who helps them through the college admissions process including applying for financial aid and successfully applying for scholarships to private universities such as University of Southern California and Fordham. Students in all grades participate in visits to local and out-of-state colleges; representatives from colleges and local businesses also visit the school to help students explore their post-graduation options, according to Roar.

Bronx Compass is located in the large Adlai E. Stevenson Educational Campus building with six other schools, The schools share sports teams, a library and a cafeteria. Students must pass through metal detectors to enter the building. (Laura Zingmond, web reports and interview, July 2019)

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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average


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 achieve the goals of their students' IEPs?
From the 2022-23 School Quality Guide and 2022-23 NYC School Survey


Number of students
Citywide Average is 615


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2022-23 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?
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
From the 2022-23 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
Citywide Average is 7
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
Citywide Average is 191
How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
Are teachers effective?
From the 2022-23 NYC School Survey, 2022-23 School Quality Guide, 2021-22 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 2023 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 2021-22 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?
How many students who have graduated from this high school stay in college for at least 3 semesters?
From the 2020-21 and 2022-23 School Quality Guide
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2024 High School Directory

Bronx Compass High School (Y61A)

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

We pride ourselves on students graduating College and Career ready for 21st century careers by taking rigorous college courses in Advanced Placement Computer Science, Advanced Placement Literature, Advanced Placement Government, Advanced Placement US History, Advanced Placement Psychology, Advanced Placement Environmental Science, Advanced Placement Human Geography, taking College Now courses at local colleges for FREE College Credits and offering FREE PSAT/SAT Prep after school and weekends.


From the 2024 High School Directory

Language Courses


Advanced Courses

Algebra II (Advanced Math), AP Art History, AP Computer Science Principles, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Human Geography, AP Psychology, AP Statistics, AP United States Government and Politics, AP United States History, Chemistry (Advanced Science), Comp Sci/Math Tech (College Course [Credited]), ELA (College Course [Credited]), Social Studies (College Course [Credited])

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Football, Outdoor Track, Soccer

Girls PSAL teams

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

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Contact & Location


1980 Lafayette Avenue
Bronx NY 10473

Buses: Bx22, Bx27, Bx36, Bx39, Bx5, BxM8


Principal: Steven Neal

Parent Coordinator: Charlene Nieves


Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Adlai E. Stevenson Educational Campus with six other schools

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes

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