High School of Language and Innovation

Grades: 9-12

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)

 

 

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
94%
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
 
94%
Average daily attendance
 
89%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
32%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
 
89%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
 
88%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

369
Number of students
644 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
84%
Students with disabilities
 
4%
Multilingual learners
 
83%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
2%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
86%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
24%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
20%
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?
 
93%
10.2
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
113
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?
 
75%
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2019-20 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

 
6%

Physics

Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

 
11%

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
17%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
9%

Music

Not offered in 2019-20
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?
 
39%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
56%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
69%
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought 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

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.

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

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

Location

925 Astor Avenue
Bronx NY 10469

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

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


Contact

Principal: Julie Nariman

Parent Coordinator: Rosa Cordero

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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