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Collegiate Institute for Math and Science (CIMS)

Grades: 9-12
925 Astor Avenue
Bronx NY 10469
Phone: 718-944-3635

Our Insights

What’s Special

Good college support and internships

The Downside

Students must pass through metal detectors

Collegiate Institute for Math and Science (CIMS) has a good track record getting kids into college. All students are required to take four years of math and science, and many take advantage of the school’s partnerships and internships in math and science. Most children graduate on time, ready for college-level work.

College preparation begins early at CIMS. Children visit colleges starting in 9th grade. In the upper grades, they meet with an advisor two to three times a week to review transcripts, college applications, financial aid forms, essays and more. The University of Vermont sponsors student trips to its campus and offers scholarships to admitted students. Most children attend CUNY or SUNY schools, but every year some attend  private schools such as Barnard, Mercy, Smith, Brandeis, Columbia, Cornell and New York University.

CIMS helps children tap into a wide array of opportunities in math and science. The Einstein Enrichment Program, for example, offers support to students from low-income families who may want to pursue medical and scientific professions. Some students participate in the Computer Science Opportunity Fair, pitching ideas to industry professionals.

For a small school, CIMS offers a good range of electives as well as challenging courses such as Advanced Placement (AP) classes in calculus, chemistry, physics, English, Spanish and US history. More than half of all students take AP courses, some as early as 10th grade.

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. CIMS hallways on the third and fourth floor are recognizable by their yellow and blue school colors. All sports and activities are open campus-wide, including robotics, photography, gaming, and pep, jazz and concert bands.

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

Admissions: Educational option, or “Ed Opt” schools seek a range of low- middle- and high-performing students. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, 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 2018-19 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
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 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 2018-19 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 2018-19 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 2019-20 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

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

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
66% Citywide Average

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Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

Collegiate Institute for Math and Science
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

This program prepares scholars for success in colleges and careers focused on science and mathematics. In our core science and math sequence, scholars have access to at least 10 AP courses as well as Honors and electives focused on biology and computer science. Scholars will be equipped with a foundation of essential knowledge and skills critical to be career and college ready.

CIMS Math & Science Academy
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

Students in our Math and Science Academy will be expected to take four years of math and science, all math and science corresponding Regents, and at least two Advanced Placement (AP) courses in AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Calculus, AP Statistics, and AP Computer science. Students will be prepared for college and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.


Language Courses

Latin, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Calculus AB, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Statistics, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP 2-D Art and Design, AP Computer Science Principles, AP World History: Modern, AP United States History, AP Chemistry, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition


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

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

Contact & Location


Allerton (District 11)
Trains: 2 Line to Allerton Ave; 5 Line to Pelham Parkway
Buses: Bx12, Bx12-SBS, Bx26, Bx39, Bx8, BxM11


Fredrick Nelson
Parent Coordinator
Lesly Martinez

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the Christopher Columbus Educational Campus with four other schools
Metal detectors?

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