DeWitt Clinton High School

Grades: 9-12

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)

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 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2019-20 NYC School Survey


Number of students
644 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 teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
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?
From the 2019-20 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
How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
Are teachers effective?
From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey, 2019-20 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 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



Computer Science

Not offered in 2019-20



Advanced Foreign Language

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science


AP/IB Math or Science



From unpublished, anonymized data from the class of 2019-20 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 2019-20 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 2011-12 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

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 Early College Program

Admissions Method: Screened

Program Description:

This early college program offers honors-level core subjects, Advanced Placement classes, Syracuse University courses, Lehman College Now, and PLTW courses in Biomedical Science, Engineering, and Computer Science. Students maintain an 85% avg; scholarships are offered to participate pre-college programs at Ivy League Colleges. Free SAT Prep provided. Students take elective courses in Instrumental, Dance, Visual Arts & Graphic Design, and Vocal.

Clinton School of Engineering & Computer Science

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 Visual Arts

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

This program offers a 4 yr sequence in visual arts & printmaking. Students take Figure Studies and Graphic Design to make clothing apparel. They learn Sculpture/Ceramics and 3-D Digital Printmaking to make commercial art like coffee mugs/ water bottles. They learn painting and graffiti art, designing artwork for people's homes. Finally, they take mural design and comic book art, paying tribute to Alumni's Stan Lee of Marvel Comics and Bob Kane/ Bill Finger who created Batman.

Clinton School of Dance

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

This program offers a 4 yr sequence in the techniques of Hip Hop/Urban Dance Styles, Jazz, and Contemporary. Alongside technique,students learn to perform, choreograph, improvise, and authentic industry skills. Portfolio elements include: school performances, guest artist repertory, choreography/improvisation, oral presentations, and stage production experiences. Students are exposed to careers including professional dancer, educator, teaching artist, choreographer, dance administrator, physical therapy.

Clinton School of Music

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

This program offers a 4 yr sequence in the techniques of vocal, modern band, marching band, and music production. They will progress from beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels over the course of four years. Alongside technique, students learn to become vocalists, instrumentalists, and produce music in a real studio. Portfolio elements include: school/ outside performances, guest artist repertory, and stage production experiences. Students are exposed to careers including a modern or marching band performer, educator, and music producer.

DeWitt Clinton High School D75 Inclusion Program

Admissions Method: D75 Special Education Inclusive Services


From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

French, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Physics C: Mechanics, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP Biology, AP English Language and Composition, AP United States History, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Calculus BC, AP World History: Modern, AP Environmental Science

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, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams


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Contact & Location


100 West Mosholu Parkway South
Bronx NY 10468

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, BxM3, BxM4


Principal: Pierre Orbe

Parent Coordinator: Ines Carino


Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the DeWitt Clinton Educational Campus with two other high schools

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes

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