Bronx Health Sciences High School

Grades: 9-12
Noteworthy

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)

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
98%
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
 
100%
Average daily attendance
 
94%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
16%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

334
Number of students
644 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
78%
Students with disabilities
 
17%
Multilingual learners
 
6%
From the 2020-21 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?
 
82%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
12%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
12%
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?
 
90%
0.3
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
88
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
157 Citywide Average

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity


How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
 
88%
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2019-20 School Quality Guide, 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

Calculus

 
8%

Computer Science

Not offered in 2019-20

Physics

 
24%

Advanced Foreign Language

 
16%

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
29%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
17%

Music

Not offered in 2019-20
From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2019-20 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?
 
65%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
98%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
74%
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?
 
60%
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
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

Bronx Health Sciences High School

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

Spanish

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

Stunt

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools

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Contact & Location

Location

750 Baychester Avenue
Bronx NY 10475

Trains: 5 Line to Baychester Ave

Buses: Bx12, Bx12-SBS, Bx23, Bx26, Bx28, Bx29, Bx30, Bx38, BxM7, Q50


Contact

Principal: Miriam Rivas

Parent Coordinator: Esther Cotto

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Harry S. Truman Educational Campus with one other school

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes

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