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Bronx High School for the Visual Arts

Grades: 9-12
2040 Antin Place
Bronx NY 10462
Phone: 718-319-5160

Our Insights

What’s Special

Visual art and graphic design

The Downside

Issues with discipline, poor attendance

Founded in 2002, the Bronx High School for Visual Arts offers visual art (photography, sculpture, drawing, painting, art history) or graphic design (digital media, business skills), in addition to a regular Regents-prep curriculum. Some students have internships at organizations such the Bronx Museum and The Whitney Museum, and some study coding at Microsoft.

The school faces challenges, however. Many incoming students struggle with reading and writing and many have special needs. In a recent incoming class, two-thirds of the students entered with a level 1 score on the 8th grade state assessment in English Language Arts, and most of the remaining third were a level 2, according to the CEP (comprehensive educational plan). 

Attendance is poor, with roughly half the students missing a month or more of school. Most students say they feel safe in school, but nearly half the teachers say there are issues with order and discipline, according to school surveys. 

In an effort to improve, the school trains older students to mentor younger ones and trains students to help work out conflicts. The school partners with CUNY’s Creative Arts Program to embed drama into literacy. The number of students graduating on time is inching up but still has a long ways to go.

All students take four years of art each of the two arts programs. They participate in programs around the city, such as internships at the NYC School construction Authority or the Bronx Museum, according to the school website. Students have taken field trips to the Bronx Zoo to study habitat and exhibition design. 

Students may participate in the Christopher Columbus High School Sports teams.

Admissions: Educational option. Students are picked according to a formula designed to ensure a mix of different abilities. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, November 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 2017-18 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
50%
77% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
82%
85% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
26%
36% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
54%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
58%
81% Citywide Average

From 2016-17 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
1%
3% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
91%
74% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
3.0

How do students perform academically?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
71%
80% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
29%
44% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
34%
39% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
51%
66% Citywide Average

From 2017 NY State Graduation Outcomes

How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
3%
13% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2017-18 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
441
Asian
3%
Black
25%
Hispanic
61%
White
10%
Other
1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
82%
Students with disabilities
33%
English language learners
6%

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
83%
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
52%
38% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
62%
63% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
67%
68% Citywide Average


For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Programs & Admissions

Visual Art
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Requirements:
  • Portfolio
Program Description:

A program of study focused on the visual arts, including art history, painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, and mixed media. This curriculum helps students become prepared for advanced study and work in the visual arts.

Graphic Design
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Requirements:
  • Portfolio
Program Description:

A program of study focused on learning the elements, principles and process of design, and developing digital media and business skills. Students participate in internships and are prepared for advanced study and work in the field of graphic design.

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English Language and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP Psychology

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

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

Contact & Location

Location

Morris Park (District 11)
Trains: 2 Line to Bronx Park East; 5 Line to Morris Park
Buses: Bx12, Bx12-SBS, Bx21, Bx22, Bx39

Contact

Principal
Iris Witherspoon

Other Details

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?
No

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