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Bronx Health Sciences High School

Grades: 9-12
750 Baychester Avenue
Bronx NY 10475
Phone: 718-904-5450

Our Insights

What’s Special

Four years of math and science; community work in health and science positions

The Downside

Metal detectors

Tucked into a wing of the behemoth Truman High School in Co-op City, Bronx Health Sciences is a tiny, safe, well-run high school that offers four years of math and science and requires many hours of community service in the fields of health and science. The school does a good job of preparing students for college, even though many arrive in 9th grade unprepared to do high school-level work.

Children are required to do 420 hours of community service during their four years. They choose from a community handbook, and may apply to nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, hospitals or associations to benefit children or the homeless. Some volunteer at the Bronx Zoo and get firsthand experience with animal behavior, anatomy and physiology, according to the Quality Review. Others volunteer at Montefiore Hospital, The American Cancer Society and Beth Abraham Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing, among other locations.

In school, children are assessed not only with traditional testing but also through projects they complete both individually and in groups.

Miriam Rivas has been principal since the school opened in 2004. Most teachers say she is an effective manager and most would recommend the school to other families.

College preparation begins in 9th grade and includes mentoring of students having difficulties. Students in grades 11 and 12 have a college advisor who helps them work through the college admissions process.

Students are required to wear uniforms. All students must pass through metal detectors.

Admissions: Educational option. The school seeks a range of low-, middle- and high-achievers. (Lydie Raschka, web reports and DOE data, September 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 2019-20 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

From 2019-20 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 2019-20 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 2019-20 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 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

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

Bronx Health Sciences High School
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.


Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English Language and Composition, AP United States History, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Biology


Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Cross Country, Flag Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

Coed PSAL teams


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

Contact & Location


Co-op City (District 11)
Trains: 5 Line to Baychester Ave
Buses: Bx12, Bx12-SBS, Bx23, Bx26, Bx28, Bx29, Bx30, Bx38, BxM7, Q50


Miriam Rivas
Parent Coordinator
Esther Cotto

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the Harry S. Truman Educational Campus with one other school
Metal detectors?

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