Bronx Collaborative High School

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

Based on the Institute for Collaborative Education, a popular progressive Manhattan school

The Downside

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)

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
80%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
62%
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
 
46%
Average daily attendance
 
80%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
62%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
 
88%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
 
88%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2019-20 NYC School Survey

Students

554
Number of students
644 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
82%
Students with disabilities
 
25%
Multilingual learners
 
18%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
4%
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
 
59%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
84%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
38%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
13%
From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

School
Citywide
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
 
61%
7.1
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
112
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
157 Citywide Average
How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
 
68%
Are teachers effective?
From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey, 2019-20 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 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

Calculus

Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science

Not offered in 2019-20

Physics

 
0%

Advanced Foreign Language

 
12%

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
63%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
22%

Music

 
42%
From unpublished, anonymized data from the class of 2019-20 provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

School
Citywide
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
 
55%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
7%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
71%
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2011-12 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

Bronx Collaborative High School

Admissions Method: Open

Program Description:

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.

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

Japanese, Spanish

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

Cricket

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools

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Contact & Location

Location

100 West Mosholu Parkway South
Bronx NY 10468

Trains: 4 Line to Mosholu Parkway; B Line, D Line to Bedford Park Blvd

Buses: Bx1, Bx10, Bx16, Bx2, Bx22, Bx26, Bx28, Bx3, Bx30, Bx38, BxM3, BxM4


Contact

Principal: Brett Schneider

Parent Coordinator: Giovanna Sano

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the DeWitt Clinton Educational Campus with two other high schools

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes

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