Explorations Academy H.S.

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

Computer-science endorsed diploma

The Downside

Academics and attendance have a ways to go

Explorations Academy offers a four-year sequence of computer science and technology courses. Students must complete internships and they graduate with a computer-science endorsed diploma designed to give them a boost in the job market.

Courses include digital media, computer programming, game design, web design, computer science, graphic design, and computer systems and programming. A student "tech team" troubleshoots school computers for hands-on experience. 

While the school offers many computer-related classes, academic achievement overall has a ways to go. Many students enter with weak academic skills, attendance is poor, and the graduation rate is below the citywide average. On the positive side, instruction is getting stronger, according to the city’s Quality Review; the on-time graduation rate has improved over the course of several years.

There are some options for high-achievers. The website showed a video of Advanced Placement biology students extracting DNA from ants and showcasing their results at a competition, for example. 

Founded in 2005 with grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Explorations Academy is housed in a huge, landmark 1932 building known as the Herman Ridder Educational Campus. 

Admissions: There has been space for all applicants in recent years. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, December 2018)



School Stats


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


Number of students
624 Citywide Average


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

How many students were suspended?
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
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?
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2020-21 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


Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science

Not offered in 2019-20



Advanced Foreign Language

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science


AP/IB Math or Science

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

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
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

Computer Science and Technology

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

Students in our four-year computer science major will develop the skills needed in high demand 21st century careers. Our computer science coursework is rooted in the Art, English, mathematics and Technology, and Business. As part of this program, students will be expected to complete internship hours and will graduate with a High School computer science endorsed diploma. Computer science is a top paying college degree and computer programming jobs are growing at twice the national average.


From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English Literature and Composition, AP English Language and Composition

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Soccer

Girls PSAL teams

Badminton, Flag Football, Softball, Volleyball

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location


1619 Boston Road
Bronx NY 10460

Trains: 2 Line, 5 Line to 174th St

Buses: Bx11, Bx17, Bx19, Bx21, Bx36


Principal: Jacob Hobson

Parent Coordinator: Migdalia Gonzalez


Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Herman Ridder Educational Campus with two other schools

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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