Get more from InsideSchools

A Message from InsideSchools: The data below is the most up-to-date data available from City and State systems. We are working hard to update the narratives for all schools. We welcome your insights in the Comments section. Questions? Ask us!

The Academy School (M.S. 232)

Grades: 6-8
1700 Macombs Road
Bronx NY 10453
Phone: 718-583-7007

Our Insights

What’s Special

Free health clinic in the building

The Downside

Working to build a more consistency school-wide

MS 232 is located in the University Heights section of the Bronx in an attractive red brick building that is almost a century old. The building is shared with two small, well-regarded schools: The Leadership & Community Service Academy (I.S. 303), and The Academy for Language and Technology, a high school for new immigrants. 


MS 232 serves a range of students, from a handful of top-scorers on state exams to new immigrants whose formal education has been interrupted due to war or economic hardships. Students and their families have access to free counseling, dental screening and other health services at The Morris Heights Health Center on the second floor, which is staffed by a physician’s assistant, a nurse and a social worker.

Other supports include an after school program, a Saturday program and extra help during school breaks. There are also advanced (Regents) courses in Living Environment and Algebra I.

The tone of the school has improved, and test scores, though still very low, are moving in the right direction under the leadership of Principal Desiree Resto, who took the helm in 2016. 


A report by the city called the Quality Review shows teachers need to work together to build a better sense of trust and collaboration, to be more consistent from class to class, and to present more challenging lessons to students.

Campus-wide sports include basketball, baseball and volleyball. 


Admissions: IS 232 and IS 303 share a zone. Open to students and residents of Districts 9 and 10.  (Lydie Raschka, web reports, May 2019) 



Read more

School Stats

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

Is this school safe and well-run?

From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey

How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
78% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
59% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
84% Citywide Average

From the 2019-20 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 the 2021-22 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
80% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From the New York State 2021 -22 Assessment Database

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
28% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
49% Citywide Average

From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
37% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From the 2022-23 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
90% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
38% Citywide Average

From the 2020 School Directories

Uniforms required?
This school offers Transitional Bilingual Education in Spanish.

How does this school serve special populations?

From the New York State 2021 -22 Assessment Database

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
10% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
20% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
8% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
10% Citywide Average

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

Contact & Location


Morris Heights (District 9)
Trains: B Line, D Line to 174th-175th Sts; 4 Line to 176th St
Buses: Bx1, Bx18, Bx2, Bx3, Bx32, Bx36, Bx40, Bx42, BxM4


Desiree Resto
Parent Coordinator
Jesenia Diaz

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares a building with IS 303 and the Academy for Language and Technology
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?

Zone for the 2019-2020 school year. Call school to confirm.

Get more from InsideSchools

You may also like …

I.S. 117 Joseph H. Wade

1865 Morris Avenue
Bronx, NY 10453

I.S. 229 Roland Patterson

275 Harlem River Park Bridge
Bronx, NY 10453


  • Is this your school? Please post any news, updates, events, changes, or other information!
  • We welcome questions, open discussions, and disagreements but comments with personal attacks, rude language, or those with seemingly malicious intent will be deleted.
  • Very long comments, those that contain links, or repeat comments may be blocked by our spam filter.
  • Problems? email us at [email protected].
  • Users must comply with our Terms of Use.