Based on the Institute for Collaborative Education, a popular progressive Manhattan school
New school has growing pains
Bronx Collaborative High School offers projects, college-length research papers and oral presentations rather than Regents exams. Students go on ethnographic walking tours of Bronx neighborhoods. It is an easy trip to Wave Hill or Riverdale to study botany or math through architecture. Ninth-graders go camping, 10th-graders travel to Washington D.C., and 11th-graders take a multistate college tour. The school offers Spanish and Japanese. The Facebook page shows students raising money for a trip to Japan.
A racially diverse group of educators created the school, which opened in 2013, based on their work at the popular Institute for Collaborative Education (ICE), a small progressive school in Manhattan. Bronx native Brett Schneider, formerly assistant principal at ICE, is the founding principal of Bronx Collaborative. It has had some of the typical growing pains of a new school. The on-time graduation rate was lower than expected among the first graduating class, with roughly half the students graduating in four years. Students come to the school with challenges: about one-fifth have disabilities, and a fifth are learning English. More than half of the students miss 18 or more days of school. The school's two guidance counselors call and email parents in their preferred languages to keep on top of attendance, according to the Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP).
The school’s 90-minute courses are heavy on group work, conversation and debate. Students choose classes with the help of an adviser, like they would in college, with exciting titles such as The Bold and the Beautiful: Greek Mythology & Tragedy (English); Scramble for Africa (history); Spies and Codebreakers (math); and Catapults (science).
The school has a safe and welcoming tone, according to school surveys, the Quality Review and the CEP. One hundred percent of teachers would recommend it to other families. The CEP states that the school has become a popular choice for younger siblings, cousins and family friends.
Instead of exams, students must show mastery in a subject by planning, writing, editing and presenting 15-page papers in math, science, English and history to a panel of teachers and peers. All students take the English Regents exam, however, and have the option to take other Regents if they choose. High achievers may earn up to 12 free credits at Lehman College.
The campus has free counseling for students and families at an on-site clinic. Morningside Center works with educators to build students' social and emotional skills and to strengthen the school community. After-school tutoring and Saturday school are available for extra help.
Dozens of clubs and sports are available on the DeWitt Clinton campus, which boasts an eight-lane track, a swimming pool and more than 30 sports teams.
ADMISSIONS: Educational Option. The school seeks a range of low-, middle- and high-achieving students. Priority goes to Bronx residents. (Lydie Raschka, DOE data, July 2018)
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Faculty & Staff
CalculusNot offered in 2019-20
Computer ScienceNot offered in 2019-20
Advanced Foreign Language
AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science
AP/IB Math or Science
Programs & AdmissionsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
Bronx Collaborative High School
We offer a college liberal arts experience at the high school level. With the support of Advisors, students choose courses based on their interests. All classes are 90 minutes and taught in college format. As a school we focus on problem-based learning, restorative practices, and multimedia technology.
OfferingsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
Advanced Placement (AP) courses
AP Environmental Science, AP Research, AP United States History, AP Seminar
Boys PSAL teams
Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling
Girls PSAL teams
Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Flag Football, Gymnastics, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Volleyball
Coed PSAL teams
Contact & Location
100 West Mosholu Parkway South
Bronx NY 10468
Trains: to Mosholu Parkway; , to Bedford Park Blvd
Buses: Bx1, Bx10, Bx16, Bx2, Bx22, Bx26, Bx28, Bx3, Bx30, Bx38, BxM3, BxM4
This school shares the DeWitt Clinton Educational Campus with two other high schools