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What’s Special

Serves new immigrants

The Downside

Limited course options

Crotona International High School, founded in 2011 with the help of the International Network for Public Schools, serves recent immigrants to the United States. The school focuses on teaching English while also preserving the students' home languages. The school also offers a Career and Technical Education (CTE) program with a digital and media arts theme.

Academics & Instruction: Students at the school come with a wide range of educational backgrounds and English proficiency levels, so classes mix age groups. Teens sit in groups at tables where they often work together on projects and translate for one another.

In 11th grade, students have three-month internships at businesses and community organizations to acquaint them with the world of work and to help them develop their English skills in a non-school setting. Internships have included work at the Glass Files, a website that collects family histories online, and BronxNet TV.

Students take field trips to places like the Bronx Zoo, the Apple Store, the Museum of Moving Images and a Broadway show. They have gone ice skating and visited New York City parks. Clubs include chorus, dance, music, technical education and a girls’ group.

Students are invited to attend Saturday school and after school English courses to supplement their learning.

Culture & Environment: Students meet once a week for their advisory course, where they discuss topics of their choice. They each have a trusted teacher as a mentor and meet for a mentoring class twice a week where they work on academics and enjoy fun activities such as trivia games.

Themes & programs: The school offers a Career and Technical Education (CTE) program with a digital and media arts theme. Each grade has a different focus. Ninth- and  10th-graders study basic computer programs; 11th-graders create original music, poetry and videos; 12th-graders build a digital portfolio of their work.

Building & Facilities: The school has a renovated lunchroom, podcast recording technology and computer lab. Crotona shares the Grace Dodge Educational Campus with two other schools. Students from all schools may participate in campus-wide PSAL sports.

College & Career: Students have a work-based learning seminar once a week beginning in 9th grade. In this class, they explore and research careers that interest them and create action plans. In 12th grade, students take a college seminar course where they solidify their plans for college and apply with support from their college counselor. (Lydie Raschka, web reports and interview, August 2023)

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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
90%
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
 
90%
Average daily attendance
 
85%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
43%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
 
100%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achieve the goals of their students' IEPs?
 
100%
From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

333
Number of students
Citywide Average is 615

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
71%
Students with disabilities
 
4%
Multilingual learners
 
97%
From the 2022-23 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
0%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
87%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
44%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
34%
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
 
60%
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

School
Citywide
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
 
64%
7.1
Years of principal experience at this school
Citywide Average is 7
104
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
Citywide Average is 157

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity


How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
 
81%
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

Calculus

Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science

 
2%

Physics

 
0%

Advanced Foreign Language

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Math or Science

Not offered in 2019-20

Music

Not offered in 2019-20
From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2021-22 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

School
Citywide
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
 
24%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
69%
How many students who have graduated from this high school stay in college for at least 3 semesters?
 
62%
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?
 
35%
From the 2022-23 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by Visit Understanding FAFSA for help with the FAFSA and financial aid.
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2024 High School Directory

Digital Media/Recording Entertainment Technology (Y56A)

Admissions Method: Screened: Language

Offerings

From the 2024 High School Directory

Advanced Courses

Algebra II (Advanced Math), AP Spanish Language and Culture, Chemistry (Advanced Science), ELA (College Course [Credited]), Math (College Course [Credited]), Other (College Course [Credited]), Science (College Course [Credited]), Social Studies (College Course [Credited])

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball

Girls PSAL teams

Softball, Volleyball

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Contact & Location

Location

2474 Crotona Avenue
Bronx NY 10458

Buses: Bx12, Bx12-SBS, Bx15, Bx17, Bx19, Bx22, Bx9


Contact

Principal: Shweta Ratra

Parent Coordinator: Jesus Martinez

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Grace Dodge Educational Campus with two other schools

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes

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