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What’s Special

Engaging work that includes projects and field trips; warm rapport between students and teachers

The Downside

High rates of chronic absenteeism

Class discussions, field trips and projects are the norm at Bronxdale High School, located on the Columbus Educational Campus. Students may plant trees to protect the coastline from storms, learn to cook gourmet meals, or create artwork designed to foster a peaceful community.

To graduate, students must prepare an interdisciplinary project called a Capstone Project, similar to a college thesis paper. Classes are small—about 22 students—and meet for 90 minutes instead of the usual 43.

The school has a very low suspension rate. Almost every staff member is trained in the restorative justice model, designed to help students resolve differences peacefully. Youth court, peer mentors, the student support team and full time social worker, all play a role in managing infractions and dealing with the root cause of the offense.

In-depth projects and classroom debates are woven into lessons beginning in the 9th grade. In a 9th grade Global class we visited, students discussed current issues in the news that pose the greatest threat; in 9th grade English, students reading The Hate You Give discussed conversational gender bias—girls getting the ‘birds & the bees” talk, while boys get the ‘how to speak to police officers’ speech. By their senior year, students tackle larger projects such as studying the ecology of the Hudson River in their environmental science class.

Students take trips to the American Museum of Natural History, the African Burial Ground and the Museum of Modern Art. Bronxdale’s culinary department is a hidden gem. It's a small program, where students cater most school events.  There are also some interesting electives such as game theory, thinking critically about Hip-hop and zombie apocalypse (about surviving pathogens).

All students have continual access to online tutorials via Khan Academy.

Bronxdale is one of several small high schools housed in the Christopher Columbus Educational Campus Building. Students from all schools in the building may participate in a campus-wide music program as well as campus-wide PSAL sports teams.

While daily student attendance runs average for the city, Bronxdale has many students who are chronically absent, meaning more than ten percent of the school year.

Bronxdale was one of the first Bronx schools with an ASD-Nest program, which gives extra support to a small group of students with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), who otherwise are fully integrated into Bronxdale classes. All freshman teachers are trained by NYU or Hunter College on how to educate students with ASD.

The Young Women’s Leadership Network's College Bound Inititative funds a full-time college counselor and a robust college advisory program that includes trips to colleges. SAT prep is offered on the weekends. Some students have accepted to SEO Scholars, an organization that offers comprehensive support to students through the college application process and throughout their years in college. Most graduates attend CUNY and SUNY schools.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: Most classes utilize ICT (Integrated Collaborative Teaching), where of mix general education students and those with special needs are taught by two teachers, one of whom is licensed in special education. The structure also helps aid ASD-Nest students’ integration into those classes. English language learners get extra support during project time. (Jacqueline Wayans, September 2018)

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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
84%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
82%
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
 
90%
Average daily attendance
 
82%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
57%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
 
71%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achieve the goals of their students' IEPs?
 
85%
From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

374
Number of students
Citywide Average is 599

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
89%
Students with disabilities
 
26%
Multilingual learners
 
6%
From the 2022-23 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
0%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
92%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
31%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
22%
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%
4.1
Years of principal experience at this school
Citywide Average is 7
149
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
Citywide Average is 157

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity


How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
 
88%
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2021-22 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 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

 
6%

Computer Science

Not offered in 2019-20

Physics

Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
19%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
9%

Music

Not offered in 2019-20
From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2021-22 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?
 
46%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
89%
How many students who have graduated from this high school stay in college for at least 3 semesters?
 
70%
From the 2020-21 and 2021-22 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
63%
From the 2022-23 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2024 High School Directory

Bronxdale High School (Y53A)

Admissions Method: Open

Program Description:

We are a college prep school that prepares students to think critically and solve problems using an inquiry-based model. We have the honor of being selected as a New York Performance Standards Consortium Pilot school. Our instructional approach immerses kids in real-world and relevant problems across courses that include Environmental Science, Science Research (3yr course), and Writing for the Real World, as well as traditional courses like calculus, chemistry, arts, and a range of APs.

Bronxdale High School D75 Inclusion Program (Y53U)

Admissions Method: D75 Special Education Inclusive Services

Bronxdale High School ASD Nest Program (Y53Y)

Admissions Method: ASD/ACES Program

Offerings

From the 2024 High School Directory

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Courses

Algebra II (Advanced Math), AP Chemistry, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP United States History, Calculus (Advanced Math), Chemistry (Advanced Science), ELA (College Course [Credited]), Math (College Course [Credited]), Other (College Course [Credited]), World Languages (Advanced World Languages)

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Contact & Location

Location

925 Astor Avenue
Bronx NY 10469

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

Buses: Bx12, Bx12-SBS, Bx25, Bx26, Bx30, Bx39, Bx8, BxM11


Contact

Principal: Grace White

Parent Coordinator: Johnniersi Harris

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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