Validus Preparatory Academy

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

Strong leadership, experienced staff

The Downside

High rate of chronic absenteeism

Validus Preparatory Academy in the Bronx is a small high school with an experienced staff that focuses on preparing students for careers in healthcare. It is housed in the Bathgate Educational Campus, along with two other schools: The Urban Assembly School for Applied Math and Science and Mott Hall High School. The three schools share a cafeteria, recreation room, library, art studio and music room.

Christopher Hibbert has been the principal since 2014. He gets high marks from teachers on the School Survey, with 100 percent of them saying they trust his leadership. Three-quarters of teachers have been at the school for three years or longer.

School leaders and faculty regularly communicate high expectations to students, according to the School Quality Review, but classroom instruction is inconsistent, with uneven levels of student engagement and discussion across classrooms. Attendance and graduation rates are below the citywide averages, and nearly 60 percent of students are chronically absent, missing 18 or more days of school a year.

Validus Prep students can take College Now courses in medical technology, community health and general psychology at CUNY Hostos, as well as courses in microbiology and nutrition at Touro College.

The school also has partnerships designed to provide students with academic and career prep, as well as community service opportunities. Sophomores can apply to Summer Search, a multiyear program in which they take part in wilderness expeditions, academic programs and community service projects, as well as receive college and financial aid advising. Through the Bronx Educational Opportunity Center, students can take part in vocational programs, including receiving EMT certification and CPR training.

Extracurriculars include drama and art, and there are a number of boys and girls PSAL sports teams. Most graduates go on to CUNYs and SUNYs, with a few going to private universities such as NYU, Vanderbilt and Brandeis. 

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS: Through a partnership with College Bound Initiative, Validus Prep has a dedicated director of college counseling who coordinates the school's college advising efforts and makes sure that students receive support to meet college application deadlines.

ADMISSIONS: Educational option, designed to admit a mix of low-, average- and high-performing students. Admitted students are invited to visit the school in the spring and attend summer orientation and classes. (Elizabeth Herr, school website and DOE reports, July 2018)

School Stats


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?
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey


Number of students
644 Citywide Average


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2020-21 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?
From the 2020-21 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
7 Citywide Average
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
157 Citywide Average

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2019-20 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 NY State Report Card, 2021 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



Computer Science

Not offered in 2019-20



Advanced Foreign Language


AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science


AP/IB Math or Science

Not offered in 2019-20


From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2019-20 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?
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
How many graduates of this school received Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) funding to attend a NYS college?
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2011-12 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

Validus Preparatory Academy

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

Through the College Bound Initiative, our full-time Director of College Counseling (DCC) works closely with principal and teachers to create a college-going culture that raises parent and student expectations. DCC guides students to overcome barriers to college entry through early college awareness activities, application, financial aid and enrollment support.


From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English Literature and Composition, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP English Language and Composition

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Flag Football, Softball, Wrestling

Coed PSAL teams

Double Dutch

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location


1595 Bathgate Avenue
Bronx NY 10457

Trains: N/A

Buses: Bx11, Bx15, Bx17, Bx21, Bx32, Bx41, Bx41-SBS


Principal: Christophe Hibbert

Parent Coordinator: Iraida Rosado


Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Bathgate Educational Campus with two other schools

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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