Macy Honors Program, sports teams, child care for student-parents
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.
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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Faculty & Staff
Computer ScienceNot offered in 2019-20
Advanced Foreign LanguageNot offered in 2019-20
AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science
AP/IB Math or Science
Programs & AdmissionsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
Clinton School of Health Professions
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
OfferingsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
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
Contact & Location
100 West Mosholu Parkway South
Bronx NY 10468
Trains: to Mosholu Parkway; , to Bedford Park Blvd
Buses: Bx1, Bx10, Bx16, Bx2, Bx22, Bx26, Bx28, Bx3, Bx30, Bx38, BxM3, BxM4
This school shares the DeWitt Clinton Educational Campus with two other high schools