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Bronx High School for Law and Community Service

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

Classes in criminal justice and forensics

The Downside

Metal detectors; poor attendance

Bronx High School for Law and Community Service offers classes in forensics, criminal justice, constitutional law and law enforcement. Students may volunteer in their community, helping wrap presents for the needy or working in a soup kitchen.  There is a courtroom for mock trials.

This safe, orderly and challenging school is a popular choice, drawing up to a dozen applicants per seat. Most students graduate on time including those still learning to speak English and students with special needs. Attendance is a struggle, with more than half the students missing a month or more of school, but achievement is good nevertheless.

Principal Michael Barakat took the helm in 2010. He oversees a staff of happy, experienced teachers, who overwhelmingly recommend the school to other families. One innovative way the school sets a peaceful tone, and helps teens focus, is with a school-wide quiet time at the beginning of the day.  

Barakat has raised academic expectations, offering courses such as physics, calculus and advanced algebra. Graduates have been accepted to many CUNY and SUNY schools as well as Boston College, Dartmouth and Duke University according to the school profile. 

The city’s Quality Review praised the school’s ability to find resources and partnerships, which include Hogan-Lovells Law Firm, NYPD, FDNY and The Justice Resource Center.

Law and Community is one of the six small schools in the Theodore Roosevelt Educational Campus. Students may take part in sports teams with other schools in the building, which has two gyms, swimming pools and a weight room. Junior ROTC is an option and some teens become interns at a commercial bank branch on the first floor of the building. All students must pass through metal detectors to enter the building.  (Lydie Raschka, web reports, November 2018) 


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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?
From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey


Number of students
599 Citywide Average


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2022-23 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

How many students were suspended?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

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, 2021-22 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 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 2021-22 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 and 2021-22 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
From the 2022-23 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
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

Law Enforcement Academy

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

Comprehensive four-year program that prepares students for collegiate studies in criminal justice as well as careers in law enforcement and emergency response. The program includes Honors and AP courses. Partnerships include Hogan-Lovells Law Firm, NYPD, FDNY, FBI, and The Justice Resource Center.


From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English Language and Composition, AP Computer Science Principles, AP Calculus AB, AP World History: Modern, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP United States History, AP English Literature and Composition

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

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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: Michael Barakat

Parent Coordinator: Nelly Lopez Alvear


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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