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School for Excellence

Grades: 9-12
1110 Boston Road
Bronx NY
Phone: 718-860-1385

Our Insights

What’s Special

Small school with a focus on reading and writing

The Downside

Many children miss a month or more of school

School for Excellence, a small school in the Morris Educational Campus, offers lots of support to students. It has a social worker, three guidance counselors, and an on-site health clinic for students and their families, according to the comprehensive educational plan (CEP). 

The school is in one of the poorest congressional districts in the country. Roughly one-third of the students live in homeless shelters, many are still learning to speak English, and about a quarter has special needs. Many are the first in their families to earn a high school diploma.

An attendance team meets weekly and makes home visits. Parents are invited to open houses during the year, and encouraged to visit the school even without an appointment. Nonetheless, getting students to school is a struggle: about three-quarters miss a month of more of school each year.  

Literacy is a school-wide focus. Most children arrive in 9th grade reading below, or far below, grade level, and they struggle with writing. Ninth graders keep daily journals and struggling readers are plugged into highly structured reading programs to practice phonics and grammar. Teens learn how to annotate, take notes, on what they read in all subject areas. The CEP says all teachers work on reading and writing skills.

Although the graduation rate is below the citywide average, some graduates go on to attend two- or four-year colleges. College acceptances include Hunter, SUNY Albany, NYC Technical College, Lehman and Baruch, according to the CEP. 

Founded in 2005, School for Excellence is one of four small schools in the former Morris High School, now known as the Morris Educational Campus. The building, opened in 1896 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was the first high school in the Bronx. For a time in the late 1940s and early 1950s one of the most racially integrated high schools in the United States, according to the Bronx Music Heritage Center. Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell graduated from Morris High School in 1954. 

School for Excellence shares the building with Bronx International High School, the High School for Violin and Dance, and Morris Academy for Collaborative Studies

Admissions: There has been room for every child who applied in recent years. Most of the students come from the neighborhood. (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 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
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
80% 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

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

School for Excellence
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

Students at SFE are diverse learners and have an interest in engaging in hands-on, student-centered learning activities and experiences. All students are programmed for extra reading, writing and mathematics classes per week to support them in gaining the necessary skills for the 21st Century. In addition, we are moving towards offering college and career preparatory courses across content areas and with an extended day focus on the culinary arts and STEM.


Language Courses



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


Leslie Aquino
Parent Coordinator
Waleska Bonifacio

Other Details

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

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