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Bronx Latin

Grades: 6-12
Staff Pick for Special Ed Noteworthy
800 Home Street
Bronx NY 10456
Phone: 718-991-6349

Our Insights

What’s Special

High expectations and inspiring atmosphere

The Downside

No Latin program in middle school due to difficulty finding qualified teacher

Bronx Latin sets high expectations for students and has clear organization among staff. Even though most students enter 6th grade with poor academic skills, nearly 60 percent stay for high school and rougly 90 percent of seniors graduate on time. The school is chock-full of inspiring teaching and rigorous academics in this historically poor community. Bronx Latin shares the old IS 158 building with Bronx Career and College Prep and Dr. Richard Izquierdo Health and Science Charter School.

Annette Fiorentino took the helm as principal in 2012 and has worked to bolster academics. Initially, many confuse “Latin” with “Latino” when interested in this school, said a staffer, yet students do study Latin here, and read works of classical literature in Humanities classes and develop strong vocabulary and grammar structure. However, when we visited, the middle school Latin program was on pause due to lack of a Latin teacher. We saw a 7th grade class engaged in a Socratic Seminar style discussion, in which teens learn to listen and share opinions following formal rules of debate. The school has five advanced placement courses: English Literature, Environmental Science, Spanish, Statistics and U.S. History. All 8th graders take Algebra and Living Environment.

The atmosphere is mostly one of harmony, with the exception of the occasional hallway straggler or young man who has to be reminded to remove his hat or hood. Classroom instruction was lively and engaging on our visit. Sixth graders comfortably discussed the effects of gravity and elaborated on various hypotheses posed by classmates in a science class. “This is a real advancement,” said Fiorentino, “Many of our students come in with little to no science education.” In a 7th-grade science class, a teacher handed out tweezers, clothespins and spoons to mimic the beaks of birds, and gave teens cups to represent birds’ stomachs. The materials were distributed along with birdseed for an experiment in which students had to determine which beak would be the most successful and why.

Bronx Latin has forged a partnership with the College Bound Initiative, which allows for a full time college counselor and plenty of college trips. College-advising here begins as early as middle school; on the day of our visit, these students began writing their college application essays. They also discuss college during their daily advisory period. A board in the hall features all the teachers and the colleges they attended, with a star by those who were first in their families to go to college, including Fiorentino. “This helps students see that it is possible,” she said. The school received over 5 million dollars in scholarships in 2016, a crucial number for students who believe college isn’t an affordable option. Former students that are now teachers at Bronx Latin are good role models for students, and urge them to stick with AP courses, and not drop out of school due to financial and other demands of life.

The high school portion of Bronx Latin has maintained high marks for college readiness from the Department of Education, above the citywide average. High school students attend a West Point mentoring program, which allows them, in turn, to mentor middle school students.

Bronx Latin offers electives including art, music, debate and writing. In high school, students can participate in baseball, basketball, co-ed soccer, softball and girls' volleyball. The middle school offers basketball and co-ed flag football.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school offers self-contained classes and SETTS in middle school and Integrated Co-Teaching classes for both middle and high school students.

ADMISSIONS: District 12 choice for middle school. For high school, students must attend an open house and show interest in school to receive preference. (Jacqueline Wayans, October 2017)

 

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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?
63%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
85%
84% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
49%
44% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
62%
78% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
73%
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
4%
3% 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?
52%
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
6.9

How do students perform academically?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
31%
40% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
33%
47% Citywide Average

From 2018 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
Bronx Latin
Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I, Living Environment

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
55%
51% Citywide Average
How many students graduate in 4 years?
90%
87% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
53%
64% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
36%
55% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
79%
77% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
580
Asian
2%
Black
19%
Hispanic
78%
White
1%
Other
1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
95%
Students with disabilities
25%
English language learners
14%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
92%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
26%
20% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Uniforms required?
No

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
77%
74% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
95%
72% Citywide Average

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
3%
14% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
6%
17% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
7%
10% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
0%
5% Citywide Average


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Programs & Admissions

From the 2020 High School Directory

Bronx Latin for New Students
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

We are a college preparatory high school that believes a student's best preparation for college is a rigorous high school curriculum with four years of rich math and science instruction. Students are programmed with the expectation of obtaining an Advanced Regents diploma, and are encouraged to take AP courses. All students prepare for SATs through a rigorous self-study program with the goal of 100% of the student body attending four-year colleges after graduation.

Bronx Latin for Current Students
Admissions Method: For Continuing 8th Graders
Program Description:

Guaranteed offer to continuing 8th grade students

Academics

Language Courses

French, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP Spanish, AP Statistics, AP U.S. History

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools
NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location

Location

Longwood (District 12)
Trains: 2 Line, 5 Line to Intervale Ave
Buses: Bx11, Bx15, Bx17, Bx19, Bx21, Bx27, Bx35, Bx4, Bx4A, Bx5, Bx6, Bx6-SBS

Contact

Principal
Annette Fiorentino

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with the Dr. Richard Izquierdo Health and Science Charter School and the Bronx Career and College Prep HS
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No

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