Astor Collegiate Academy

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

Nice range of science courses; partnership with the University of Vermont

The Downside

Limited arts

At Astor Collegiate, students take four years each of math and science and two years technology courses. Through a longtime partnership with the University of Vermont, students get lots of support with college admissions. 

Sandra Burgos has been the school’s principal since 2010. A graduate of Christopher Columbus High School where Astor Collegiate is located, Burgos has worked her entire teaching career in the building, first as a Spanish teacher and then as assistant principals at Columbus High School and Astor Collegiate. “I never left the place except to go to college,” Burgos said during one of our visits.

Typical of many small schools, course offerings are limited. In addition to taking classes at Lehman College, Bronx Community College and Hostos Community College, students may choose from several Advanced Placement (AP) classes and science electives such as forensics, environmental science, biochemistry, microbiology and zoology. They also take visual arts and learn Spanish. 

Astor Collegiate is housed in the Christopher Columbus Educational Campus building, which it shares with several small high schools. All schools in the building share use of the cafeteria, library, gymnasiums, auditorium and culinary arts room. Students may participate in campus-wide orchestras and PSAL sports teams.

Most teachers would recommend this school based on their responses to the NYC School survey; student suspensions fall below the citywide average. However, student attendance needs to improve and many students say bullying occurs at the school.

The University of Vermont partners with several schools in the building including Astor Collegiate. In addition to admitting and offering scholarships to a few graduates, Vermont sponsors student trips to its campus and support for seniors preparing for college interviews and completing applications. 

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school has self-contained and ICT (Integrated Collaborative Teaching) classes.

ADMISSIONS: Priority to Bronx students. The school admits students according to the educational option formula, which aims to enroll a mix of low-, average- and high-achieving students. (Laura Zingmond, web reports, December 2018)

 

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
79%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
52%
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
 
67%
Average daily attendance
 
83%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
40%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

484
Number of students
644 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
86%
Students with disabilities
 
22%
Multilingual learners
 
10%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
1%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
97%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
23%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
14%
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?
 
96%
10.7
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
215
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?
 
73%
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

Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science

 
23%

Physics

 
10%

Advanced Foreign Language

 
12%

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
20%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
11%

Music

 
0%
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?
 
58%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
59%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
56%
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?
 
41%
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

Science

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

Students are programmed to also attend a July summer STEM program.

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

Italian, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Computer Science Principles, AP Human Geography, AP English Language and Composition, AP Chemistry, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Computer Science A, AP United States History

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

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


Contact

Principal: Sandra Burgos

Parent Coordinator: Lisa Cooke

Website

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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