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Bronx High School for Law and Community Service

Grades: 9-12
500 East Fordham Road
Bronx NY 10458
Phone: 718-733-5274

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. 

Admissions: Educational option. Students are picked according to a formula designed to ensure a mix of different abilities. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, November 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 2018-19 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
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 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 2018-19 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 2018-19 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 2019-20 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

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

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018-19 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

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.


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
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


Michael Barakat
Parent Coordinator
Nelly Lopez Alvear

Other Details

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

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