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High School of World Cultures

Grades: 9-12
1300 Boynton Avenue
Bronx NY 10472
Phone: 718-860-8120

Our Insights

What’s Special

Cooking lessons to teach English to new immigrants.

The Downside

Discipline problems, poor attendance and low graduation rates

Housed in the Monroe Educational Campus, The High School of World Cultures is designed to teach English to new immigrants, some of whom have had little education in their home countries. Two certified chefs teach cooking, a way to learn work skills while practicing English.

Unfortunately, both teachers and students say there are problems with order and discipline, according to school surveys. Graduation rates are well below the citywide average. Attendance is poor, and about half the students miss more than a month of school, according to Department of Education statistics. There are metal detectors at the entrance of the building.

ADMISSIONS: The school is open to students who have been in the country for less than one year. (Clara Hemphill, statistics, July 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?
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
79% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

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

How do students perform academically?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

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

Who does this school serve?

From 2019-20 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
38% Citywide Average

From 2020 School Directories

This school offers Dual Language classes in Spanish.

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
68% Citywide Average

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

High School of World Cultures
Admissions Method: Screened: Language
Program Description:

We offer a range of ELL programs, including Dual Language English-Spanish program as well as a traditional free standing English as a New Language program. CTE in Culinary Arts is focused on hands on instruction and demonstrations for the training and skill development involved with the culinary arts. Students are selected through survey and demonstration of intent to complete the required credits.


Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Human Geography, AP Spanish Literature and Culture


Boys PSAL teams

Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Soccer, Swimming, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Badminton, Basketball, Flag Football, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams


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

Contact & Location


Parkchester (District 12)
Trains: 6 Line to Elder Ave
Buses: Bx11, Bx27, Bx36, Bx4, Bx4A, BxM6, Q44-SBS


Ramon Namnun
Parent Coordinator
Maria Rondon

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the James Monroe Educational campus with four other schools
Metal detectors?

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