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Kingsbridge International High School

Grades: 9-12
2780 Reservoir Avenue
Bronx NY 10468
Phone: 718-329-8580

Our Insights

What’s Special

Popular leader is raising academic expectations

The Downside

Below average attendance and graduation rates

Kingsbridge International High School serves students are new to this country and learning to speak English, including many who have had their educations interrupted because of poverty or war. Most speak Spanish, Arabic or Russian.

Principal William Gagstetter, who took the helm in 2017, has a friendly rapport with students and has worked to improve the school’s culture and tone. He has quickly earned the staff’s respect, according to school surveys.

He hired new guidance counselors, a social worker and a staffer to lead “Restorative Justice,” a procedure to help kids work out problems peacefully, without yelling or suspension.

“We strategically share cultures,” Gagstetter said mentioning a Ramadan celebration, in which kids invite a friend who does not celebrate Ramadan. After one such event, a non-Muslim boy fasted in solidarity with his Muslim friend.

Children get to know New York City through trips to Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty and many other locations. They may take college classes at Lehman College and Monroe whether they are documented or undocumented immigrants.

The school offers Advanced Placement classes in psychology, statistics and English language arts, and kids may take AP Spanish and other AP classes by walking to other schools in the building. “It’s a struggle but kids are excited,” the principal said, of the harder classes.

Teens practice the English language in front of their friends, by discussing events in the newspaper or sharing a recipe from their home country. The school has adopted the Teaching Excellence in Adult Literacy (TEAL) program to provide more guidance and structure for writing.

The principal acknowledged the school still has a long way to go. “We have an immigrant high-risk population,” he said. Some children face enormous challenges, living with friends or relatives while families live far away, he said, or being the only child to speak their language at school. Some are illiterate in their home language; about a dozen have reading levels below 2nd grade.

The school population fluctuates a lot (two new students were admitted the day before our visit in May). About half the children graduate on time and go to college but few are ready for college-level work. Many children miss more than 18 days of school.

Still, the principal was pleased with progress in his short time there. “There is a sense of pride, a sense of resurgence,” he said. “The kids want to learn, to be engaged.”

Kingsbridge has a five-week long summer program focused on boosting math and reading skills, in addition to activities like softball and swimming. After school clubs include robotics, swimming, baseball and academics.

Kingsbridge shares the Walton Educational Campus with Celia Cruz Bronx High School of MusicDiscovery High School (where Gagstetter was formerly assistant principal), High School for Teaching and the Professions, and International School of Liberal Arts. All students must pass through metal detectors at the entrance.

ADMISSIONS: Open only to New York City residents who have lived in the United States four years or fewer at the time of admission to high school and whose home language is not English. (Lydie Raschka, May 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?
88%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
84%
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
46%
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
97%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
91%
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2%
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?
75%
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
2.5

How do students perform academically?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
63%
82% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
24%
48% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
24%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
49%
67% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
491
Asian
3%
Black
3%
Hispanic
90%
White
3%
Other
1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
96%
Students with disabilities
4%
English language learners
87%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
86%
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
45%
38% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
64%
68% Citywide Average


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Programs & Admissions

From the 2020 High School Directory

Kingsbridge International High School
Admissions Method: Screened: Language
Program Description:

New arrivals to the United States (within the last four years) will receive a well-rounded education with English Language development as the focus in all classes. Coursework will prepare students to be successful in college and beyond, training students to work collaboratively with their peers in a hands-on approach to learning.

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Computer Science Principles, AP English Language and Composition, AP Psychology, AP Spanish Language and Culture

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Handball, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Bowling, Softball, Swimming, Table Tennis, Volleyball

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools
NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location

Location

Kingsbridge (District 10)
Trains: 4 Line to Kingsbridge Rd
Buses: Bx1, Bx10, Bx12, Bx12-SBS, Bx2, Bx22, Bx26, Bx28, Bx3, Bx32, Bx34, Bx38, Bx9, BxM3, BxM4

Contact

Principal
William Gagstetter
Parent Coordinator
Wanda Tolosa

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Walton Educational Campus with four other schools
Metal detectors?
Yes

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