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Bronx Compass High School

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

Our Insights

What’s Special

Lots of field trips; strong college guidance

The Downside

Attendance needs to improve

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. 

Students face challenges. Many arrive with gaps in their reading, writing and math skills, according to the Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP). Attendance is improving but has a ways to go.

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.

ADMISSIONS: Enrollment follows the educational option formula, which aims for a mix of low-, average- and high-achieving students. (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

Is this school safe and well-run?

From 2018-19 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
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 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 2018-19 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 2018-19 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 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2018-19 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 2018-19 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 2020 High School Directory

The Bronx Compass High School
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.


Language Courses

French, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Computer Science


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 NYCDOE’s MySchools
NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location


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


Brett Roer
Parent Coordinator
Charlene Nieves

Other Details

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

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