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Bronx High School for Medical Science

Grades: 6-12
240 East 172nd Street
Bronx NY 10457
Phone: 718-410-4040

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)

 

 

 

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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?
94%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
76%
84% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
54%
44% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
97%
78% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
92%
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
0%
3% 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?
71%
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
17.1

How do students perform academically?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
37%
40% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
43%
47% Citywide Average

From 2018 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
Bronx High School for Medical Science

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
64%
51% Citywide Average
How many students graduate in 4 years?
85%
87% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
67%
64% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
55%
55% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
83%
77% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
419
Asian
7%
Black
26%
Hispanic
63%
White
2%
Other
2%
Free or reduced priced lunch
81%
Students with disabilities
21%
English language learners
14%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
94%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
19%
20% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Uniforms required?
No

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
16%
14% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
15%
17% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
6%
10% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
9%
5% Citywide Average


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Programs & Admissions

From the 2020 High School Directory

Medical and Health Sciences
Admissions Method: Screened
Requirements:
  • Attendance
  • Punctuality
  • Course Grades: English (75-100), Math (74-100), Science (75-100), Social Studies (75-100)
  • Standardized Test Scores: English Language Arts (2.1-4.5), Math (1.9-4.5)
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.

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Sports

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

Location

Claremont Village (District 9)
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

Contact

Principal
William Quintana
Parent Coordinator
Antonio Melendez

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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