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Explorations Academy H.S.

Grades: 9-12
1619 Boston Road
Bronx NY 10460
Phone: 718-893-6173

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)

 

 

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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?
23%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
86%
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
49%
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
28%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
27%
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
5%
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?
67%
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
12.0

How do students perform academically?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
65%
82% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
36%
48% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
23%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
49%
67% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
326
Asian
2%
Black
28%
Hispanic
69%
White
1%
Other
1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
87%
Students with disabilities
26%
English language learners
22%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
82%
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
52%
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?
59%
66% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
63%
68% Citywide Average


For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Programs & Admissions

From the 2020 High School Directory

Computer Science and Technology
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Requirements:
  • Attendance
  • Punctuality
  • Course Grades: Average
  • Standardized Test Scores: English Language Arts, Math
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.

Academics

Language Courses

French, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP Computer Science Principles, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Spanish Language and Culture

Sports

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

Location

Morrisania (District 12)
Trains: 2 Line, 5 Line to 174th St
Buses: Bx11, Bx17, Bx19, Bx21, Bx36

Contact

Principal
Susana Hernandez
Parent Coordinator
Migdalia Gonzalez

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Herman Ridder Educational Campus with two other schools
Metal detectors?
No

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