Collegiate Institute for Math and Science (CIMS)

Grades: 9-12

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)


School Stats


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Average daily attendance
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey


Number of students
644 Citywide Average


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

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How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
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?
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



Computer Science



Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language


AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science


AP/IB Math or Science



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

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
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?
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

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.


From the 2021 High School Directory

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


925 Astor Avenue
Bronx NY 10469

Trains: 2 Line to Allerton Ave; 5 Line to Pelham Parkway

Buses: Bx12, Bx12-SBS, Bx26, Bx39, Bx8, BxM11


Principal: Fredrick Nelson

Parent Coordinator: Lesly Martinez


Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Christopher Columbus Educational Campus with four other schools

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes

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