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Pelham Preparatory Academy

Grades: 9-12
Staff Pick for Special Ed Noteworthy
925 Astor Avenue
Bronx NY 10469
Phone: 718-944-3601

Our Insights

What’s Special

Close-knit community; partnerships with Lehman College and University of Vermont

The Downside

Limited course offerings

Pelham Preparatory Academy provides students with a close-knit community and good college advisory. Starting in 9th grade students write drafts of college application essays and tour college campuses. Students can take courses for free at Lehman College, which also sponsors SAT prep classes for older students and a summer bridge program for incoming 9th graders to help them shore-up skills before starting high school. The school’s graduation rate is well above the citywide average, including for students with special needs. 

The school was founded in 2002 as a program within the former Christopher Columbus High School and transitioned to a full-fledged school inside the Christopher Columbus Educational Campus building within a couple of years. Pelham Prep shares the facilities with several small high schools, which all share use of the cafeteria, library, gymnasiums, auditorium and culinary arts room.

The school does a good job of creating a supportive environment. Seniors serve as mentors for freshman, to help them acclimate to high school. Students say they feel “part of a family here, teachers and administrators always listen and take us seriously,” according to the school’s most recent Quality Review.

Group work dominates in some classes while in others teacher-directed lessons remain the norm. To varying degrees, teachers are weaving in more time for student-led discussions and in some classes, students are encouraged to delve deeply into topics, according to the Quality Review. For instance, after studying political revolutions in a history class, a student wrote about how French Revolution was the result of people having little to no voice in society and the deplorable conditions for those living in the Third Estate (poor and working class).  In a marine biology class, students learned how the salinity level of water impacts its density, and then discussed in groups what happens when fresh water from the Hudson River flows into the Atlantic Ocean.

Typical of many small schools, course offerings are limited. In addition to taking classes at Lehman College, students can choose from several Advanced Placement (AP) classes, which vary from year-to-year, depending on how many students qualify. There are some elective classes including the popular marine biology course, which covers college-level work but not for college credit. Spanish is the only foreign language taught.

For variety, students can participate in a range of extra-curricular activities run by the school. There are also PSAL sports teams and several orchestras open to students in all campus schools. 

Most students attend college after graduation, and those who do stay in college at a rate that exceeds the citywide average. Most graduates attend CUNY and SUNY schools; some earn scholarships to attend private schools. The University of Vermont partners with several schools in the building including Pelham Prep. In addition to admitting and offering scholarships to a few graduates, Vermont sponsors student trips to its campus and support for seniors preparing for college interviews and completing applications. 

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school has ICT (integrated co-teaching) classes.

ADMISSIONS:  Priority to Bronx students. The school admits students according to the educational option formula, which aims to enroll a mix of low-, average- and high-achieving students. (Laura Zingmond, web reports, November 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 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

Pelham Preparatory Academy
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

Our program allows students to experience the quality instruction that has been PPA's story since our inception. We engage, support, and challenge students as they participate in college-ready thinking, writing, and behaviors, such as reflection and persistence. For this, it takes a community working collaboratively to build common practices. Thereby, our program implements rigorous curricula that exceeds standards, while nurturing student potential in a caring and safe environment.


Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP World History: Modern, AP English Language and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP English Literature 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


Benvenuto Ferron
Parent Coordinator
Julie Pozo

Other Details

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

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