South Bronx Classical Charter School II

Grades: K-8
333 East 135th Street
Bronx NY 10454
Phone: 718-292-9526

Our Insights

What’s Special

Students study Latin and learn to debate

The Downside

High suspension rate; strict behavior code may not appeal to some

Opened in 2013, South Bronx Classical II (SBC II) is part of small network of a high-performing charter schools. It is modelled after the original South Bronx Classical Charter, which was founded in 2004 by Lester Long, a former investment banker and elementary school teacher. The school is expanding by one grade a year until it reaches capacity serving grades K to 8.

Like all the schools in the network, SBC II’s school day and school year run longer than in traditional public schools. Class sizes are kept small with 20 students or less. Latin instruction begins in 3rd grade; debate classes start in 5th grade. There’s a heavy emphasis on learning facts and honing skills and by the time students are in middle school, they’re tackling challenging work.

Children wear uniforms and must adhere to a strict behavior code. The upside is that little time is wasted in transitions between lessons; the drawback is that the school has a high suspension rate that is well above the citywide average. During our visit to the original South Bronx Classical school, we observed that when listening to the teacher, children were expected to sit up straight with hands folded on the desk; a student may be admonished for behavior such as eye-rolling or that’s interpreted to be whining or talking back.

Students may participate in activities such as basketball, music and art, according to the school’s website.

SBC II shares a building with PS 154 Jonathan D Hyatt.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: Special education teachers, learning specialists and speech pathologists work with children individually and in small groups.

ADMISSIONS: A lottery is held in April. Priority is given to District 7 residents. (Laura Zingmond, web reports, January 2020; photo from school website)

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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 the 2020-21 NYC School Survey

How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
91% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
32% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
84% Citywide Average

From the 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
1% Citywide Average

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
83% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From the 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
54% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
50% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
45% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From the 2021-22 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
91% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
27% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From the 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
25% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
22% Citywide Average

For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Contact & Location


Mott Haven (District 7)
Trains: 4 Line, 5 Line to 138th St-Grand Concourse; 6 Line to 3rd Ave-138th St
Buses: Bx1, Bx2, Bx15, Bx21, Bx32, Bx33


Leena Gyftopoulos

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the building with PS 154
Metal detectors?

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