Bronx International High School

Grades 9-12
Staff Pick

What’s Special

Welcoming program to help new immigrants learn English

The Downside

Metal detectors

Our Review

Bronx International teaches new immigrants from all over the world how to speak, read, and write English while taking regular high school classes.

Students and teachers give the school high marks on the Learning Environment Survey. Students say that their teachers inspire them to learn and that they feel welcome at school. Both teachers and students reported feeling safe in the classroom and around the building.

Joaquin Vega, principal since 2006, taught for 10 years at Manhattan International and was assistant principal at Bronx International.

Bronx International is part of the Internationals Network for Public Schools, which includes 16 schools in New York City that are committed to educating recently arrived immigrants and preparing them for college. Like at the other Internationals network schools, classes at Bronx International are taught in English. Students often work in pairs or small groups and are grouped so that students of all levels of English proficiency can work together.

The school, founded in 2001, is housed on the third floor of the Morris High School building, a castle-like structure, built in 1897, with high ceilings, stained-glass windows, two gyms, a dance studio, cafeteria, and a beautiful auditorium, with a balcony, and an organ with huge pipes. Students must pass through metal detectors to enter and share the building with several other small schools.

Bronx International struggles with attendance, as many students take extended vacations to their home countries. Both attendance and graduation rates are below the citywide average, but the majority of students who graduate do go on to college.

Extracurricular activities include music, dance, and visual arts classes from the Bronx Arts Ensemble. Students are also encouraged to participate in the school’s internship program to explore careers that are of interest to them and to use their English skills in real-life situations.

Special education: Limited special education services. Students with disabilities are in the general education classroom for the majority of their school day.

College admissions: Graduates have been admitted to PACE, The New School, Bard, Guilford College, and CUNY and SUNY schools. The school partners with NYU’s APEX (Adolescent Post-Secondary Education Exchange Program) Program and Phillip’s College to provide college preparation opportunities for students.

Admission: Students who have been in the United States for fewer than four years are eligible. (Vanessa Witenko, December 2007, updated with DOE statistics, Pauline Zaldonis, December 2012)

About the students

Enrollment
394
Asian
2.8%
Black
16.2%
Hispanic
77.4%
White
2.3%
Other
1.3%
Free or reduced priced lunch
84%
Students with disabilities
3%
English language learners
85%
Male
46%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Morris Educational Campus with three other schools
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
Yes
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
74%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
81%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
49%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
60%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
49%
37% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
84%
85% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
53%
57% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
10.0
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
54%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
57%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
50%
80% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
86%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
73%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
66%
86% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 1 dedicated space for Music
This school has 0 licensed arts teacher in Dance, Music, Theater or Visual arts

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
77%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
61%
54% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
68%
71% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
72%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
0%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
4%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
54%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
35%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
61%
63% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
72%
65% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
59%
68% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
50%
60% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Bronx International High School
Admissions Method: Screened: Language
Program Description

Academics

Language Courses

French, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP French

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Soccer

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Softball, Volleyball

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Location

1110 Boston Road
Bronx NY 10456
Longwood (District 9)
Trains: 2, 5 to Intervale Ave
Buses: Bx13, Bx15, Bx17, Bx21, Bx35, Bx4, Bx41, Bx41-SBS, Bx4A, Bx6

Contact

Phone
718-620-1053
Principal
Joaquin Vega Vargas
Parent Coordinator
Janet Dweh

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