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William Cullen Bryant High School

Grades: 9-12
48-10 31st Avenue
Astoria NY 11103
Phone: 718-721-5404

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)

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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
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
80% 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

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

From 2020 School Directories

This school offers Transitional Bilingual Education in Spanish.

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
66% Citywide Average
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

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


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
NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location


Astoria (District 30)
Trains: M Line, R Line to 46th St
Buses: Q101, Q104, Q18, Q66


Namita Dwarka

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?

Zone for the 2019-2020 school year. Call school to confirm.


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