Collegiate Institute for Math and Science (CIMS)

Grades 9-12
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What’s Special

Nice selection of AP classes; lots of trips to college campuses

The Downside

Large class sizes; students must pass through metal detectors

Our Review

Collegiate Institute for Math and Science (CIMS) offers students experienced teachers, challenging work and school partnerships with the University of Vermont and Vassar College. The school is located on the third and fourth floor of the massive Christopher Columbus High School Campus building, which is home to several small high schools.

College preparation begins early at CIMS. Starting in 9th grade, students visit colleges. The University of Vermont and Vassar College sponsor student trips to their campuses. In the upper grades, students meet with an advisor two to three times a week to review transcripts, college applications, financial aid forms, essays and more.

All teachers have at least several years experience. In classrooms, observed we saw a mix of teaching styles. In some, students were sitting in rows listening to the teacher at the front of the room. In others, students worked in small groups. Classrooms were colorful and decorated with student work.

Students must take four years each of social studies, science, English and math. For a small school, CIMS offers a nice range of challenging courses including Advanced Placement (AP) classes in calculus, chemistry, physics, English, Spanish and US history. More than half of CIMS students take AP courses, some as early as 10th grade, and many participate in internships. Student also can choose from a slew of elective courses, including poetry, film, philosophy, food science, robotics, journalism, genetics, psychology and law.

Class sizes run large, ranging from 27 to 34 students, according to the principal, Shadia Alvarez, who took over in 2011.

All campus schools share use of the lunchroom, gyms, auditorium, culinary arts room and outdoor field. Students in all schools can participate in campus-wide sports teams and orchestras.

Students and visitors must pass through metal detectors to enter the building.

Of those who graduated in 2011, 98 percent went to college. Most attend CUNY or SUNY schools, but every year some attend Ivy League and other private schools, including Barnard, Mercy, Smith, Brandeis, Columbia, Cornell, and New York University.

Special education: The school offers ICT (Integrated Collaborative Teaching) classes and extra support on a pull-out basis.

Admissions: Priority to Bronx students or residents who attend an information session. (Nikki Dowling, May 2012)

About the students

Enrollment
637
Asian
11.8%
Black
33.8%
Hispanic
42.2%
White
9.9%
Other
2.4%
Free or reduced priced lunch
68%
Students with disabilities
18%
English language learners
3%
Male
55%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Christopher Columbus Educational Campus with four other schools
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
Yes
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
104%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
89%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
35%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
56%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
46%
37% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
76%
85% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
51%
57% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
2.0
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
50%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
88%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
61%
80% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
71%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
73%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
77%
86% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 1 licensed art teacher in Dance (part-time), Music (part-time), Theater (part-time), Visual arts (part-time), and Music

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
77%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
52%
54% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
67%
71% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
83%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
35%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
7%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
57%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
48%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
75%
63% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
25%
65% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
68%
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
80%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
90%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
85%
90% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
53%
60% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Collegiate Institute for Math and Science
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

All incoming freshmen are expected to take a full course load in all major subjects including physical education, Spanish and elective classes. Students who take accelerated courses in middle school will be programmed for higher level courses accordingly. Regents prep, tutoring, and homework help are offered weekly and on weekends to support students in securing success in courses and on external exams.

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Calculus AB, AP Chemistry, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Spanish, AP Statistics, AP U.S. History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Football, Indoor Track, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Gymnastics, Indoor Track, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball

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Location

925 Astor Avenue
Bronx NY 10469
Allerton (District 11)
Trains: 2, 5 to Pelham Parkway
Buses: Bx12, Bx12-SBS, Bx26, Bx39, Bx8, BxM11

Contact

Phone
718-944-3635
Principal
Fredrick Nelson
Parent Coordinator
Lesly Martinez

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