Bronx International High School

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

A school for new immigrants learning English

The Downside

Metal detectors

Bronx International serves new immigrants who are learning how to speak, read, and write in English while taking typical high school classes. Classes are taught in English and students often work in small groups. Instead of taking most Regents exams, they must show their knowledge by doing research projects and making oral presentations. The school website has examples of student projects, such as a packaging designs and marketing plans for lip balm, and essays on global warming. Students also grow produce in a hydroponics lab, according to a story on News 12 Bronx.

The school offers two special skill-based programs, in architecture and construction, designed to give students a boost when applying for jobs or college. Teens are encouraged to do internships outside of school to explore careers and to give them more opportunities to practice English. Music and art classes are taught in partnership with Bronx Arts Ensemble. 

Founded in 2001, Bronx International was the fourth school in the Internationals Network, which includes 18 schools in New York City that serve new immigrants. 

Principal Joaquin Vega took the helm in 2006. In an article in Chalkbeat he said most students come from the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Ecuador and West Africa. Some children speak special dialects and some have never been to school.  “For those students, based on research, it takes six or seven years to acquire academic language,” he said. Vegahimself came to New York City from Colombia when he was 17 years old and said he struggled just as many of his students struggle. “Coming to a new setting is very, very hard,” he said. 

The school is housed on the third floor of the former Morris High School, now known as the Morris Educational Campus. Four small schools share the building; each has about 400 students. Sports teams are campus-wide and the schools share the free Montefiore Health Clinic, complete with exam rooms, a dental suite and a counseling area. 

Built in 1897, the building boasts high ceilings, stained-glass windows, two gymnasiums, a dance studio and a beautiful auditorium with a pipe organ. However, students must pass through metal detectors to enter the building. [photo from school Twitter feed]

Admission: Open only to residents living in the United States four years or less who score at or below the 20th percentile on the Language Assessment Battery (LAB-R) or other accepted language tests. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, October 2018) 

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
89%
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
 
88%
Average daily attendance
 
75%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
50%
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

333
Number of students
624 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
87%
Students with disabilities
 
3%
Multilingual learners
 
89%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
0%
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

School
Citywide
15.1
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
161
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?
 
81%
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2020-21 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

Calculus

 
1%

Computer Science

 
4%

Physics

 
1%

Advanced Foreign Language

 
6%

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
6%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
10%

Music

 
18%
From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2019-20 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

School
Citywide
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
 
27%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
28%
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
47%
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?
 
29%
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2014 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

Bronx International High School

Admissions Method: Screened: Language

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

Arabic, French, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Computer Science Principles, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Calculus AB, AP French Language and Culture, AP Statistics

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Soccer

Girls PSAL teams

Badminton, Basketball, Flag Football, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball

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

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location

Location

1110 Boston Road
Bronx NY 10456

Trains: 2 Line, 5 Line to Intervale Ave

Buses: Bx13, Bx15, Bx17, Bx21, Bx35, Bx41, Bx41-SBS, Bx6, Bx6-SBS


Contact

Principal: Joaquin Vega Vargas

Parent Coordinator: Janet Dweh

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Morris Educational Campus with three other schools

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes

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