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Bronx High School for Medical Science

Public | 6-12 | 455 students

 

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Posted November 11, 2012

As a former student of this school I can honestly say that this school isn't a school for students who do not want to pursue the medical field. But if you are forced to go because of your parents because of the beautiful three year advanced program it makes those three years a living hell. No classes that YOU want to take , you have no say in which electives you want. Can not come out of class , only for gym lunch and lab. Cannot say anything about this because then you would be considered ignorant and disrespectful. No extra curriculum activities in which every other school has excluding the one who just got integrated in the building. No ways to fund raise , no ways to have that freedom that you need to have for the students could have a pleasant high school life. No way for the students to be able to say I enjoyed these years in HSMS. On the good side their are very good teachers , and very good staff members as well. But overall I wouldn't recommend this school to anyone.


Posted June 16, 2009

I this is dirty and uncared for and the teachers are very disrespectful and uncooperative
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2007

I could n ot be happier with the quality of work the teacher provide to the students. The administrators are very involved with the staff as well as the parents and students. The improvement I have seen in my child has been unbelievable. I see how well they prepare the younger children for their transition to High School and am surprised at how high the graduation rate is knowing that this was once the Taft High School building.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2007

Extracurricular activities, there are none. My daughter has been in this school for 3 years and it's chaos. Not much to add but I have been trying to relocate my daughter to another school for quite a while. A lot of promises from the Principle and no action regarding more programs for the children. School location, it's not safe. Medical education, not much in that factor.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2007

Medical Science is a school that does not stand up to its name. Also the surroundings aren't so great. All students do is stay in class all day except for gym,lunch, and laboratory. The school barely allows students to go outside in the big baseball field. Honors class is a special class for students with high marks. Yet this wouldn't be necessary if the students were well behaved. The selection criteria should be better for new-coming students. Make a personal test or make the level for students 3-4 in the city tests. The school doesn't give freedom, such as any trips to museums. It rarely occurs. I hope this school changes for everyone's benefit.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 31, 2007

i graduated from medical science but i've been in about six schools all my life. i would say medical science came second to last. it doesn't't provide any extracurricular activities, and the few ones provided are given to certain people they prefer to call the 'honors class'. so what happens to the rest of the student. I like medical science. it has nice teachers who cares about the students, but am all against the whole principle of ' HONORS CLASS'.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 18, 2007

This is the best high school in the bronx.I graduated from the first class of this great school.The teachers are friendly and do their jod.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 7, 2006

There is nothing medical science about medical sciences. The only thing that reflects medical science is the scrubs that the students wear. Students are controlled by staying in the classroom to cause less chaos in the hallways. Bottom line is the curriculum does not reflect the name of the school. It should be renamed as the high school for general education.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 30% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
11%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
42%
Math

The state average for Math was 31% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
78%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 31% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
19%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
27%
Math

The state average for Math was 28% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
19%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
72%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 34% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
25%
Math

The state average for Math was 27% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
42%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

Algebra II/Trigonometry

The state average for Algebra II/Trigonometry was 64% in 2012.

33 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
42%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 78% in 2012.

50 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
77%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 73% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
English

The state average for English was 82% in 2012.

78 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
82%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 75% in 2012.

82 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
57%
Global History and Geography

The state average for Global History and Geography was 71% in 2012.

78 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
72%
Integrated Algebra

The state average for Integrated Algebra was 72% in 2012.

145 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
61%
Italian

The state average for Italian was 98% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Living Environment

The state average for Living Environment was 78% in 2012.

125 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
77%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 79% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

44 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 79% in 2012.

143 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
58%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2011-2012 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, Earth science and physics. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

Algebra II/Trigonometry

All Students42%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population42%

Chemistry

All Students74%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a

Earth Science

All Studentsn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a

English

All Students65%
Students with disabilities40%
General population67%

Geometry

All Students41%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a

Global History and Geography

All Students96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population96%

Integrated Algebra

All Students62%
Students with disabilities33%
General population65%

Living Environment

All Students78%
Students with disabilities50%
General population81%

Physics

All Studentsn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a

U.S. History and Government

All Students58%
Students with disabilities0%
General population62%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2011-2012 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, Earth science and physics. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

In 2009-2010, this school was given a grade of "B" for the middle school level. The school received a grade of "B" for the high school level.

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Progress Report Grades measure the school's contribution to student learning in three areas: School Environment, Student Performance and Student Progress. Schools can receive additional credit for achieving exemplary performance progress among high-needs students. Progress Report Grades range from A to F.

Source: New York City Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 58% 23%
Black 37% 19%
Asian 5% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Two or more races 0% 1%
White 0% 48%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 6%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 84%N/A43%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 9%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 39%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 0%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Medical

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Health & athletics

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Medical

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
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Category scores for each of the respondent groups are then combined to form overall category scores. Alongside the results for each school are the aggregated results across all NYC public schools, which are provided as a basis for comparisons.

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This school
7.7
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
6.7
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

 
8.0
 
Clear, useful communication about educational goalsWhat's this?

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This school
8.0
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
7.4
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
7.8
 
Strong parent, teacher and student engagementWhat's this?

This score measures how engaged parents, students and teachers feel they are in an active and vibrant partnership to promote student learning.

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This school
7.5
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
6.5
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

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This school
8.0
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
7.6
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents15736%
Students40389%
Teachers28100%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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School basics

School start time
  • 7:45 am
School end time
  • 3:15 pm
School Leader's name
  • MR. WILLIAM QUINTANA

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Medical
  • Sciences
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
Transportation options
  • Busses - BX1, BX11, BX15, BX18, BX32, BX35, BX41. Subways - 4, B, D to 170th St
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Sofbtall
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
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240 E 172nd St
Bronx, NY 10457
Phone: (718) 410-4040

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