William Cullen Bryant High School

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

Lots of extracurricular activities and sports

The Downside

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)

School Stats


How many students graduate in 4 years?
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
Average daily attendance
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2019-20 NYC School Survey


Number of students
644 Citywide Average


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

How many students were suspended?
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
157 Citywide Average
How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
Are teachers effective?
From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey, 2019-20 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 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



Computer Science




Advanced Foreign Language


AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Math or Science



From unpublished, anonymized data from the class of 2019-20 provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
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?
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
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

Forensic Science and Law Academy

Admissions Method: Screened

Program Description:

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

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

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

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

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.


Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

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

Admissions Method: Screened

Program Description:

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.


Admissions Method: Zoned Guarantee


From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

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


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

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Contact & Location


48-10 31st Avenue
Astoria NY 11103

Trains: M Line, R Line to 46th St

Buses: Q101, Q104, Q18, Q66


Principal: Namita Dwarka


Other Details

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No


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