Bronx Latin

Grades 6-12
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What’s Special

High expectations and inspiring atmosphere

The Downside

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

Our Review

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)

 

About the students

Enrollment
561
Asian
1.4%
Black
19.4%
Hispanic
77.7%
White
0.9%
Other
0.5%
Free or reduced priced lunch
95%
Students with disabilities
25%
English language learners
13%

About the school

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
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
90%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
92%
90% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
25%
27% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
82%
75% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
48%
45% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
94%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
53%
49% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
3.8
5.8 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
77%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
93%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
82%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
48%
70% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
89%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
80%
84% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Test scores

How many students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
15%
29% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
26%
38% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 3 dedicated spaces for Music and Visual arts
This school has 6 licensed arts teacher in Music (part-time), Visual arts (part-time), Music, and Theater

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
79%
68% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
67%
56% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
78%
69% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Earth Science
How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
12%
38% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
86%
87% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
Bronx Latin
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
90%
83% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
12%
13% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
7%
4% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
44%
38% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
50%
48% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
70%
71% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

How many English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
0%
3% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
28%
43% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
90%
65% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
Average math score for ICT students
1.77
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
1.98
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.8
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.16
2.2 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
87%
67% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
95%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
98%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
93%
89% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
75%
67% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Bronx Latin
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

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

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball

Girls PSAL teams

Soccer

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Location

800 Home Street
Bronx NY 10456
Longwood (District 12)
Trains: 2, 5 to Intervale Ave
Buses: Bx11, Bx15, Bx17, Bx19, Bx21, Bx27, Bx35, Bx4, Bx4A, Bx5, Bx6

Contact

Phone
718-991-6349
Principal
Annette Fiorentino
Parent Coordinator

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