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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

Art, science, and technology focus

The Downside

Unsettled tone, rapidly changing leaders

Founded in 2012, Bronx Compass offers students a chance to produce films and podcasts, write songs, and showcase their work in a student-led digital company called Dragon Entertainment. Despite its popular art, science and technology theme, the school has had a revolving door of staff in recent years and has struggled to maintain discipline, order and good attendance.

Students face challenges. Many arrive with gaps in their reading, writing and math skills, according to the Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP). Some are over-age and lacking credits. More than half miss a month or more of school. 

With a school so focused on art, science, and technology, a lot depends on finding talented and licensed staff and training them. Current Principal Brett Roer had to orient “nine brand new teachers,” soon after he arrived in 2017, on the heels of three principal changes in one calendar year, according to the CEP. 

If the school can steady the ship, it has some winning features including a partnership with Stone Barns Farm, in which students prepare farm to table meals. All students have access to a laptop computer. Instead of textbooks, they complete most of their work in Google Docs. Freshmen and sophomores explore topics such as 3-D printing, graphic design, anime, film studies, and music. In the upper grades, they choose one area to focus on in more depth and are required to do an internship and complete a final project. (See samples of projects on the school website.

Located on the large Adlai E. Stevenson Educational Campus with six other schools, Bronx Compass has access to a campus garden, chicken coop, and orchard. Students are within walking distance of the Bronx River. The schools share sports teams, a library, and a cafeteria. Students must pass through metal detectors to enter the building.

In 2016 founding principal Stacy McCoy left to start her own educational consulting business. 

Admissions: There has been room for every applicant in recent years. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, November 2018

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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

How many students graduate in 4 years?
80% 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
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
67% 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

From 2017-18 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 2017-18 School Quality Guide

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

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 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


Brett Roer
Parent Coordinator

Other Details

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

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