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DeWitt Clinton High School

Grades: 9-12
100 West Mosholu Parkway South
Bronx NY 10468
Phone: 718-543-1000

Our Insights

What’s Special

Macy Honors Program, sports teams, child care for student-parents

The Downside

Low graduation rate, friction between staff and administration

DeWitt Clinton High School, a majestic building with a proud history, has struggled in recent years with low attendance and graduation rates. Both students and teachers complain about discipline in the building, according to school surveys.


The school’s strengths include the Macy honors program, strong sports teams, and social services including child care for students who are parents. Students may have internships at the Veterans Affairs Hospital, the Montefiore health clinic at the school, or the Bronx Zoo. The New York Public Library not only gives students the chance to work but also to earn school credits, according to the school’s Comprehensive Education Plan.


Students in the Macy honors program take Advanced Placement classes and are well-prepared for college. Clinton athletes have gone on to play varsity teams in college, according to the school website.

One benefit of a large school is the wide range of activities offered, including chorus, band, orchestra, and a recording studio. Students may join the Junior Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (JROTC).

The school houses a clinic where students can get medical, dental, and mental health services. Good Shepherd Services gives students and their families access to immigration clinics, the campus food pantry, and vision testing, according to the school’s yearly plan. Students may bring their own children to the LYFE center for free child care during the day.

The DeWitt Clinton building, opened in 1930, has Tiffany chandeliers in the entrance hall and Depression-era murals decorating the walls. Distinguished alumni include designer Ralph Lauren, author James Baldwin, and musician Avery Fisher. Despite the building’s proud history, it has undergone rough times in recent years. Principal Santiago Taveras was popular with students but clashed with teachers, according to The New York Times. He was forced out in 2016 after staff members accused him of changing several students' grades. Since then, there has been friction between his replacement, Pierre Orbe, and the staff; in a letter to the New York Post teachers accused him of changing student grades.

Despite the school’s attempts to connect students with adults to guide them through their high school experience, about 30 percent of students feel there are no adults in the school they can confide in, according to a school survey.

The school shares a building with Bronx Collaborative High School and World View High School, two relatively new small high schools.

SPECIAl EDUCATION: Students with disabilities are integrated into classrooms and have access to counseling services.

ADMISSIONS: Students are admitted to The Macy program on the basis of grades, test scores, and middle school attendance and punctuality and tries to admit those with a "good work ethic." Other programs (health professions, engineering, and art and design) select students with a range of academic records using the educational option method. For all programs, Bronx residents have priority. (Isabel Corpus, web reports, May 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 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

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

From 2018 School Directories

This school offers Transitional Bilingual Education in Spanish.

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 2020 High School Directory

MACY Clinton School of Health Professions
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

This program offers a four year PLTW course sequence and is part of the AP + PLTW biomedical science pathway. Using same tools found in hospitals and labs, students work in teams and engage in hands-on activities. Courses offered: Principles of Biomedical Science, Human Body Systems, Medical Interventions, Biomedical Innovations. Students may graduate with EMT Certification sponsored by Montefiore Hospital which can earn up $60K. Electives: Environmental Sustainability and Culinary arts.

Newcomers'-Global Community
Admissions Method: Screened: Language
Program Description:

This program is for students who have been in the country for less than three years and are English Language Learners. The curriculum is designed to develop the students' conversational language and writing skills using ESL strategies. After completing one full year of ELA instruction in the Newcomers'-Global Community, students will transition into one of our Pathway Majors.

MACY Honors Community
Admissions Method: Screened
  • Attendance
  • Course Grades: Average (69-100)
  • Standardized Test Scores: English Language Arts (2.0-4.5), Math (1.8-4.5)
Program Description:

This is an early college experience that exposes students to a rigorous, competitive, and comprehensive program. Students excel academically and develop leadership qualities, by taking honors-level core subjects, AP classes, and college courses. Students are expected to maintain a minimum 85% average and receive support if they struggle academically. Students also take elective course in PLTW Biomed Sci, Engineering, Instrumental, Fine Arts, Vocal, and Culinary.

Clinton School of Engineering
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

This program offers a four-year course sequence and is part of the AP + PLTW Engineering Pathway. Students train as engineers day one via the Vex Robotics platform; engaging in interdisciplinary activities like working with a client to design a home, programming electronic devices/robotic arms, or exploring algae as a biofuel source. Required Courses: Intro to Engineering, Digital Electronics, Principles of Comp Sci, Engineering Design/Robotics Competition. Electives: Civil Engineering, and Aerospace.

Clinton School of Performing Art and Design
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

This program offers a choice of four year course sequences in fine arts, instrumental, vocal, or theater/ sports journalism. Student learn to play instruments in order to perform as part of various bands or choirs, developing art exhibits, or covering sporting events as reporters. Courses include: Intro to Modern Band, Keyboarding, Concert Band, Marching Band; Figure Studies, Ceramics, Sculpture, Painting, Studio Art; Intro to Voice, Vocal Choir, Performance Choir; Theatre 1-4, Sports Journalism.


Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP European History, AP Statistics, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP U.S. History, AP World History


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, Tennis, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams


Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools
NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location


Kingsbridge (District 10)
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


Pierre Orbe
Parent Coordinator
Ines Carino

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the DeWitt Clinton Educational Campus with two other high schools
Metal detectors?

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