Lots of extracurricular activities and sports
Friction between principal and staff
William Cullen Bryant, a large school that serves many new immigrants, has a nice selection of electives, sports and extracurricular activities. There is a show choir, a rock band, a jazz band, a dance company and a drama club, according to the school website. Some students learn to be emergency medical technicians; others study handwriting analysis, take part in model United Nations or compete in a mock trial competition.
The diversity of the school is reflected by the wide variety of cultural-themed clubs: African-American, Filipino, Greek, Nepali and Tibetan.
All students have the opportunity to take honors and Advanced Placement courses, including calculus (AB and BC), chemistry, physics, and Spanish. Free courses at LaGuardia Community College are available through College Now, according to the school’s yearly report.
A downside: There is friction between the administration and staff. Fewer than half the teachers say they trust principal Namita Dwarka; barely half say they would recommend the school, according to school surveys. However, parents are more supportive. “Parents feel that the school does not get enough recognition for all the positive things happening,” according to the Quality Review.
Bryant is organized into six small learning communities: Freshman Success Academy, Math and Science, Law and Forensics, Arts, Business and Technology, and the Newcomers Academy. Starting in 10th grade, students enroll in one of the four themed programs. Recent immigrants who are learning English enroll in the Newcomers Academy.
Economically disadvantaged students may get help through GEAR UP, a program run by St. John’s University that provides mentoring and counseling.
SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school offers integrated co-teaching (ICT), or team teaching, classes, which mix general education and special education students.
ADMISSIONS: Zoned students are guaranteed a seat at the school, but not to a specific program. Admissions criteria vary for the themed programs. (Isabel Corpus, web reports, June 2018)
Safety & Vibe
Faculty & Staff
Advanced Foreign Language
AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social ScienceNot offered in 2019-20
AP/IB Math or Science
Programs & AdmissionsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
Forensic Science and Law Academy
Students are introduced to the forensic and legal processes of criminalistics, and study cases of crimes and law enforcement. Courses begin in the ninth grade and continue with exposure to the newest techniques in forensics, ballistics, handwriting analysis, applied law, and technology.
Business and Technology Institute
Students will graduate with the life skills necessary to succeed in both academic and social settings. They will apply their business and technology experiences in the ever-changing 21st century.
Performing Arts Institute
Students will be offered a variety of intensive performing arts courses in dance, music, and theater. The program will expose students to content-related electives, AP courses, CUNY College Now, a multitude of performance opportunities, and sequenced courses with a rigorous academic curriculum that supports students' studies in the arts. The culmination of the program's successful completion is an advanced Regents diploma with a content-related certificate.
AVID targets students in the academic middle with the desire to go to college and have the willingness to work hard. Students learn organizational and study skills, develop critical thinking, learn to ask probing questions, receive academic help from peers and college tutors, and participate in enrichment and motivational activities to make their college dreams reality.
Math and Science Academy
Focuses on students' development of math and science research techniques, along with critical and analytical thinking skills. Students engage in individual projects, competitions, and trips to colleges and university research seminars. Students experience emergency service training including an EMT introduction course and multiple AP courses.
OfferingsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
Bengali, French, Greek, Korean, Spanish
Advanced Placement (AP) courses
AP English Language and Composition, AP Seminar, AP Calculus BC, AP Calculus AB, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Human Geography, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Physics 1, AP Biology, AP Computer Science Principles, AP World History: Modern, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP Statistics, AP United States History, AP Environmental Science
Boys PSAL teams
Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Football, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Volleyball, Wrestling
Girls PSAL teams
Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Flag Football, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling
Coed PSAL teams
Contact & Location
48-10 31st Avenue
Astoria NY 11103
Trains: , to 46th St
Buses: Q101, Q104, Q18, Q66
Principal: Namita Dwarka
This school is in its own building.