Bronx International High School

Grades: 9-12
1110 Boston Road
Bronx NY 10456
Phone: 718-620-1053

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) 

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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 2019-20 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 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 2019-20 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 2019-20 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 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2019-20 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 2019-20 School Quality Guide

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

Bronx International High School
Admissions Method: Screened: Language


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


Longwood (District 9)
Trains: 2 Line, 5 Line to Intervale Ave
Buses: Bx13, Bx15, Bx17, Bx21, Bx35, Bx41, Bx41-SBS, Bx6, Bx6-SBS


Joaquin Vega Vargas
Parent Coordinator
Janet Dweh

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the Morris Educational Campus with three other schools
Metal detectors?

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