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High School for Violin and Dance

Grades: 9-12
1110 Boston Road
Bronx NY
Phone: 718-842-0687

Our Insights

What’s Special

String music and dance

The Downside

Metal detectors, attendance is below average

High School for Violin and Dance is a tiny school that offers every student classes in string orchestra and dance. No prior experience is necessary. Students may choose to study violin, bass, cello or viola. In dance they sample modern, jazz, tap, hip hop and ballet. 

The school shares the Morris Educational Campus with other small schools in the Morrisania section of the Bronx, once a hub of Doo Wop and R&B music. 

Students meet for lessons for three to five days per week. They dance in the Puerto Rican Day Parade and showcase their work at two big concerts a year. There is also a graphic/visual arts program. 

Franklin Sim became principal in March 2011 after serving as assistant principal for many years. Before that, he taught math at Chelsea Vocational High School. He said research shows music and movement are good for the brain. "A large part of our budget is for instrumental repairs and concerts, because we believe in the arts," he said.

Students at the school face many challenges. Some 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. The school is in one of the poorest congressional districts in the United States, home to 20 low-income housing developments. 

Getting children to school is struggle; more than two-thirds miss a month or more of school. There are two assistant principals and two guidance counselors who help follow up with phone calls and home visits.

Girls far outnumber boys. A boys' program meets once a week and the 60 or so boys take trips together, such as bowling or to a Broadway show. There is also a leadership and support group for girls. 

Four small schools share the building and all children pass through metal detectors. Violin and Dance shares a gymnasium with School for Excellence. The other two schools are Bronx International and Morris Academy for Collaborative Studies

Admissions: The school has had room for everyone who applied in recent years. (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

Violin and Dance
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

Students take 55-minute group lessons in string orchestra and/ or dance three to five times a week. In dance, students learn the fundamental positions and movements of classical and modern dance. In orchestra, students learn the foundations of music theory and technique.


Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP English Literature and Composition, AP English Language and Composition


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: N/A
Buses: Bx13, Bx15, Bx17, Bx21, Bx35, Bx41, Bx41-SBS, Bx6, Bx6-SBS


Franklin Sim
Parent Coordinator
Sarita Borrero

Other Details

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

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