Bronx Latin

Grades: 6-12
Staff Pick for Special Ed Noteworthy

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. 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. 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: Open. Priority to District 12. (Jacqueline Wayans, October 2017)

 

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
93%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
78%
Average daily attendance
 
91%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
32%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

548
Number of students
631 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
94%
Students with disabilities
 
26%
Multilingual learners
 
13%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
1%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
100%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
31%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
16%
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?
 
79%
9.0
Years of principal experience at this school
8 Citywide Average
177
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
226 Citywide Average

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity


How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
 
62%
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

 
10%

Computer Science

 
26%

Physics

Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

 
20%

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
79%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
27%

Music

 
34%
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?
 
67%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
79%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
65%
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
How many graduates of this school received Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) funding to attend a NYS college?
 
38%
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2011-12 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

Bronx Latin

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.

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Calculus AB, AP Psychology, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP Environmental Science, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Statistics, AP United States History, AP English Language and Composition

Girls PSAL teams

Outdoor Track

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

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location

Location

800 Home Street
Bronx NY 10456

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

Website

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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