Harry S Truman High School

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

Pre-engineering, culinary arts, media, and JROTC; eight gyms

The Downside

Far from subway lines; metal detectors

One of the last large high schools in the Bronx, Truman High School has an array of extras that small schools can’t match: a swimming pool, a planetarium, professional kitchens, a mock courtroom and eight gyms for basketball, volleyball, weightlifting, yoga, aerobics, and wrestling. 

It has a television production studio, a graphic arts studio, a photography lab, a 1,200 seat auditorium and its own museum called The Museum of Migrating People. Students may make pizza in a cooking class or create their own television ads in a media studies class. 

The school has specialized academies in media, law, business, computer science, pre-engineering, performing/visual arts and culinary arts. 

Attendance is good. Principal Keri Alfano, who has led the school since 2013, is well-regarded by the staff and teachers are enthusiastic, according to school surveys. While most students enter with weak academic skills, about three-quarters graduate on time.

Initially designed in the 1970s for families from Co-op City, now most students commute from other parts of the Bronx. Truman school shares an interconnected campus with Bronx Health Sciences and two middle schools, MS 180 and 181; PS 153; and a separate elementary program for autistic children. The high school has metal detectors. The campus is far from subway lines.

Admissions: Zoned school. Admission to the special programs is according to Educational Option formula designed to ensure a mix of students of different abilities. In recent years, all of the programs have had room for every student who applies. (Clara Hemphill, web reports, October 2018)

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
80%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
62%
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
 
75%
Average daily attendance
 
80%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
58%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
 
86%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
 
91%
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

2120
Number of students
624 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
79%
Students with disabilities
 
25%
Multilingual learners
 
8%
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?
 
91%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
35%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
21%
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?
 
95%
8.0
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
177
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?
 
80%
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2020-21 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

 
3%

Computer Science

 
11%

Physics

 
1%

Advanced Foreign Language

 
6%

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
7%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
7%

Music

 
22%
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?
 
44%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
73%
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
57%
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 2014 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

Law and Legal Studies/Law Enforcement Academy

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

Experience law enforcement, mock trials, debates, and internships in our state-of-the-art law library and courtroom. Opportunities to network with law enforcement professionals. Affiliated with St. John's University; students may receive college credit.

Computer Technology

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

Website design, Power Point, publishing, the Internet and word processing. Customized learning individually paced to achieve mastery.

Culinary Arts

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

Using professional equipment and trained by experts chefs, students receive intense instruction. Students have opportunities to intern at high-profile restaurants throughout the New York area. Affiliated with C-CAP (Careers through Culinary Arts Program), inter-high school competition at Monroe College.

Media Communication and Video Journalism

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

Media students learn about human communication in a digital world through hands-on experience with video, web, and radio production. Internships and partnerships are available with WABC-7 Eyewitness News, News 12, Fox 5, and BronxNET.

Air Force Junior ROTC

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

Learn life skills with a military focus; discipline, respect, and service are the trademarks of our AFJROTC program.

Pre-Engineering and Applied Mathematics

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

Focuses on mathematics and science to prepare students for careers in engineering and other technical fields. The curriculum is project-based and includes engineering design and production, energy applications, environmentally friendly technology, and electricity. We have partnerships with the Architecture, Construction, and Engineering Mentor Program.

Arts Academy

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

One of NYC's premier Arts academies. Our mission is to prepare students for excellence in music education, dance, drawing, painting, graphic design, digital photography, and theater; and to provide students with the academic skills and artistic talents necessary to develop into accomplished creative artists and performers. Our broader ethos is to foster creativity and inspire leadership.

Harry S. Truman High School ACES 15:1 Program

Admissions Method: ASD/ACES Program

Zoned

Admissions Method: Zoned Guarantee

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

American Sign Language, French, Italian, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Statistics, AP Environmental Science, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Seminar, AP European History, AP 2-D Art and Design, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Calculus AB, AP Computer Science Principles, AP Drawing, AP Biology, AP World History: Modern, AP United States History

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Cross Country, Flag Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

Coed PSAL teams

Stunt

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools

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Contact & Location

Location

750 Baychester Avenue
Bronx NY 10475

Trains: 5 Line to Baychester Ave

Buses: Bx12, Bx12-SBS, Bx23, Bx26, Bx28, Bx29, Bx30, Bx38, BxM7, Q50


Contact

Principal: Keri Alfano

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Harry S. Truman Educational Campus with one other school

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes

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