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High School of Language and Innovation

Grades: 9-12
925 Astor Avenue
Bronx NY 10469
Phone: 718-944-3625

Our Insights

What’s Special

Nurturing environment for students learning to speak English

The Downside

Metal detectors; massive building shared with other schools

The High School of Language and Innovation has a warm and nurturing community for recent immigrants who are still learning English. About half the students speak Spanish; others speak Bengali, Arabic, Albanian, French and Chinese. Some students already speak English fluently but are attracted to the school's welcoming environment.

Language and Innovation shares space with several small high schools inside the large Christopher Columbus High School building. They share use of the cafeteria, library, gym, auditorium and culinary arts room and participate on building-wide sports teams and orchestras. All must pass through metal detectors to enter the building.

Some students enter with poor academic skills, reading below a 3rd grade level in their native language. Some have had their educations interrupted in their home countries. Despite these challenges, about three-quarters graduate on time.

The school has a partnership with Bronx Arts Ensemble which offers arts courses such as hip hop, fashion design, guitar, keyboard, chorus, African dance, sculpture, and visual arts. Students may also take physical education classes with Korea Tae Kwon Do. After-school programs offer homework help, test prep and arts enrichment programs.

“Parents readily share their satisfaction with the school’s administration and faculty,” according to the school’s Quality Review. “Students are welcomed warmly, reminding them of the communal inclusivity of their school.”

Principal Julie Nariman, a graduate of Bank Street College and formerly the assistant principal of English as a Second Language (ESL) at Long Island City High School, founded the school in 2011. A former English teacher, she also taught ESL in South Korea.

ADMISSIONS: Priority to Bronx students or residents who have limited English proficiency and have lived in the United States less than four years. (Clara Hemphill, DOE statistics, August 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 2018-19 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 2017-18 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 2018-19 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 2018-19 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 2019-20 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2018-19 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 2018-19 School Quality Guide

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

High School of Language and Innovation
Admissions Method: Screened: Language
Program Description:

This is a school for students who are new to the United States and learning English for the first time.


Language Courses

Arabic, French, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Calculus AB, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Environmental Science, AP U.S. Government and Politics


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


Julie Nariman
Parent Coordinator
Rosa Cordero

Other Details

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

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