Bronx High School for Medical Science

Grades: 6-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

Good attendance, graduation and college readiness rates

The Downside

Inconsistent teaching methods

Bronx High School for Medical Science is a small school serving grades 6-12 where students do sophisticated science research and shadow healthcare professionals. The school has strong attendance and graduation rates. By the end of 8th grade roughly half of the students earn high school credit; by graduation most have tackled college-level work.

In keeping with the school's theme, students wear medical scrubs as uniforms. Grades 6 to 8 follow a modified middle school format: Students stay in the same classroom and teachers for each subject travel to them.

High school students do research projects under the supervision of medical professionals and take college courses at Bronx Community, Hostos Community and Lehman Colleges, according to the 2016-17 School Comprehensive Education Plan (CEP). Some complete high school in three years, according to the CEP.

State test scores in English exceed the citywide average. Math scores run closer to the city average but far exceed the district-wide average.

The schools college readiness rate, meaning students graduating with test scores high enough to enroll at a CUNY college without remedial help, far exceeds the citywide average.

Theres inconsistency in instruction according to the schools 2016-17 Quality Review, which highlighted that some teachers solicited mainly recall of facts from students rather than more challenging and analytical responses.

Teacher responses to the 2015-16 NYC School Survey indicate good order and discipline at the school but also reveal some friction with longtime principal William Quintana. Roughly a third of teachers responding to the survey say Quintana is not an effective manager.

Most students say their classes make them think and prepare them well for the next grade, according to the survey, but roughly half feel there are not enough opportunities to develop talents outside of academics.

The school is housed in the William H. Taft Educational Campus building, which it shares with several small high schools. Students must pass through metal detectors to enter.

There is an after-school program for middle school students as well as sports teams. High school students may participate in campus-wide PSAL sports teams.

ADMISSIONS: Middle school is open to students in Districts 9 and 10. High school is open to students citywide with priority to continuing 8th-graders and then to Bronx students and residents. Roughly half of middle school students stay for high shcool. Admissions decisitons for both middle and high school are based on a review of each student's state test scores, report card and record of attendance. (Laura Zingmond, web reports, August 2017)




School Stats


How many students graduate in 4 years?
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
Average daily attendance
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey


Number of students
611 Citywide Average


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

How many students were suspended?
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
Years of principal experience at this school
8 Citywide Average
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
226 Citywide Average

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
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


Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science

Not offered in 2019-20


Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language


AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science


AP/IB Math or Science



Not offered in 2019-20
From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2019-20 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
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?
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
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

Medical and Health Sciences

Admissions Method: Screened

Program Description:

The instructional program for HSMS students in grades 9-10 is focused on critical thinking skills. Students are in inclusive classroom settings and take core courses and required Regents examinations. The instructional program for HSMS students in grades 11-12 is focused on effective communication skills that build towards college and career readiness.


From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Volleyball, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Cross Country, Flag Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Softball, Volleyball, 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


240 East 172nd Street
Bronx NY 10457

Trains: 4 Line to Mt Eden Ave; B Line, D Line to 170th St

Buses: Bx1, Bx11, Bx15, Bx18, Bx2, Bx32, Bx35, Bx41, Bx41-SBS, BxM4


Principal: Shirley Carriel Ithier

Parent Coordinator: Romeo Rotgans


Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Taft Educational Campus with five other schools

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes

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