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Knowledge and Power Preparatory Academy International High School (KAPPA)

Grades: 9-12
Staff Pick for Special Ed Noteworthy

Our Insights

What’s Special

School offers an International Baccalaureate diploma

The Downside

Metal detectors

KAPPA International admits students with a wide range of skills and prepares them for some of the country’s most selective colleges. The school offers a demanding curriculum, with lots of class discussion and assignments that include long research papers. On the top floor of the Theodore Roosevelt Educational Complex, KAPPA looks bright and cheery despite the general gloom of the building that houses six small schools. Potted plants and comfy chairs line the hallways.

KAPPA offers an International Baccaulaureate diploma, a degree widely accepted at universities in more than 100 countries. More demanding than a standard Regents prep curriculum, the IB program requires students to show competency in a foreign language, write a 15-20 page research essay, make an oral presentation, and pass various subject exams. KAPPA students must take four years of a language: Spanish, or French. Students must also complete 150 hours of community service. KAPPA International High School was founded in 2007 and originally modeled on the KAPPA (Knowledge and Power Preparatory Academy) middle schools, which were designed to prepare low-income students for demanding colleges. High school students wear a uniform of a KAPPA polo shirt (light blue or dark blue) and khaki pants or skirt.

Sharing space with five other small school has its challenges, and students must pass through metal detectors at the entrance of the building. Still, students feel safe, according to school surveys. 

Students have been admitted to selective schools such as Colby, Vanderbilt, Duke, and Skidmore, often with substantial scholarships.

Special education: Collaborative team teaching (CTT) and (SETTS) are offered. All teachers prepare slightly different lessons to accommodate the wide range of abilities within their classes, including advanced students, regular students, those receiving special education services and those studying English as a Second Language.

Admissions: The school does not screen applicants for admission. It has two programs, one in science and math (which admits students by lottery) and one in humanities (which admits students according to the ed opt formula designed to ensure a balance of low- and high-performing students) (Clara Hemphill, March 2012, updated with web reports October 2018)


School Stats


How many students graduate in 4 years?
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
Average daily attendance
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey


Number of students
624 Citywide Average


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

How many students were suspended?
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
157 Citywide Average

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2020-21 School Quality Guide, 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


Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science



Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language


AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science


AP/IB Math or Science



From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2019-20 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
How many graduates of this school received Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) funding to attend a NYS college?
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2014 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
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

Knowledge and Power Preparatory Academy International High School

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

All scholars have the opportunity to take IB-level courses in all subjects. To earn an IB Diploma, scholars complete 150 hours of community service and a 4,000-word research paper in addition to taking IB exams. All courses are enhanced by an Experiential Learning focus which provides a real-world application of classroom learning. Additionally, performing and visual arts courses are available for both beginners and experienced artists and performers.

Doctors of Tomorrow

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

Beyond Living Environment and Chemistry, students will complete rigorous coursework in the biological sciences such as Biochemistry, Anatomy & Physiology, and IB Biology. Students will participate in NYU Mini-Meds on Saturdays at NYU and Mentoring in Medicine programs, including the Science Pathfinders in-school and after-school programs. These programs facilitate community relationships with doctors and mentors and provide increased student access to internships and scholarships.


From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

French, Spanish

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Swimming, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Cross Country, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Softball, Volleyball

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

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location


500 East Fordham Road
Bronx NY 10458

Trains: B Line, D Line to Fordham Rd

Buses: Bx1, Bx12, Bx12-SBS, Bx15, Bx17, Bx19, Bx2, Bx22, Bx28, Bx34, Bx38, Bx41, Bx41-SBS, Bx9, BxM4


Principal: Katheryn Fierman

Parent Coordinator: Miskenia Alvarez


Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Theodore Roosevelt Educational Campus with five other schools

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes

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