Bronxdale High School

Grades: 9-12
925 Astor Avenue
Bronx NY 10469
Phone: 718-944-3655

Our Insights

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.

ADMISSIONS: Priority to Bronx students. The school does not consider grades or test scores in admissions. (Jacqueline Wayans, September 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 2019-20 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
79% Citywide Average

From 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
82% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
48% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
41% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
67% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

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

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
66% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
68% Citywide Average

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

Bronxdale High School
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
Admissions Method: D75 Special Education Inclusive Services
Bronxdale High School ASD Nest Program
Admissions Method: ASD/ACES Program


Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP United States History, AP Chemistry, AP English Literature and Composition, AP English Language 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


Allerton (District 11)
Trains: 2 Line to Allerton Ave; 5 Line to Pelham Parkway
Buses: Bx12, Bx12-SBS, Bx26, Bx39, Bx8, BxM11


Grace White
Parent Coordinator
Johnniersi Harris

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the Christopher Columbus Educational Campus with four other schools
Metal detectors?

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