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Knowledge and Power Preparatory Academy International High School (KAPPA)

Grades: 9-12
Staff Pick for Special Ed Noteworthy
500 East Fordham Road
Bronx NY 10458
Phone: 718-933-1247

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)


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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 2019-20 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

From 2019-20 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 2019-20 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 2019-20 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 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

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

From 2020 School Directories

This school offers Transitional Bilingual Education in Spanish.

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2019-20 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

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.


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


Belmont (District 10)
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


Panorea Panagiosoulis
Parent Coordinator
Miskenia Alvarez

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the Theodore Roosevelt Educational Campus with five other schools
Metal detectors?

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