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Validus Preparatory Academy

Grades: 9-12
1595 Bathgate Avenue
Bronx NY 10457
Phone: 718-466-4000

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)

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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

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 2019-20 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 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.


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


Claremont Village (District 9)
Trains: N/A
Buses: Bx11, Bx15, Bx17, Bx21, Bx32, Bx41, Bx41-SBS


Christophe Hibbert
Parent Coordinator
Iraida Rosado

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the Bathgate Educational Campus with two other schools
Metal detectors?

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