Bronx Academy of Letters

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Our rigorous, college-preparatory academic program spans grades six through twelve. Our core curriculum is standards-based, with an intense focus on developing literacy and driving social change across the disciplines. It includes honors and AP courses, master-level arts electives, externships, and independent study courses. 

We are extremely proud of our Advisory system, which provides teachers and students with the opportunity to develop long-term relationships, both inside and outside the traditional classroom, and contributes to a strong sense of community within our school. Through this system, students gain advocates they know and trust. Each advisory group consists of 12 to 15 students and one staff member. As part of the advisory curriculum, freshmen practice leadership, communication, and study skills. Sophomores, juniors and seniors work with advisors to create academic plans that will prepare them for life after high school. Middle school students develop the skills for high-school readiness. 

Most of our students arrive two, three or four years below grade level; we've given all students in grades six through 10 double blocks of English classes.  Our teachers tailor and revise their curriculum every year based on what their students are interested in.

A chief goal of our academic program is to prepare our students for successful study at whatever college they choose to attend. The college office works with students to establish a culture that understands the significance of the college essay, detailed resume, college selection process, and graduation requirements. Students in MS begin this exploration through college trips and students in HS take part in Let’s Get Ready, an after-school SAT prep as well as heightened access to the College Office. Additionally, during the spring semester of their junior and senior years, students work with the College Counselor to prepare for college life and independence.

The list of colleges our graduates have gone onto attend includes, but is not limited to, the following: Columbia University, Wesleyan University, Sarah Lawrence College, Skidmore College, Fordham University, University of Rochester, Northeastern, Johnson & Wales, SUNY Stony Brook, SUNY Albany, SUNY Binghamton, CUNY-Baruch Honors Program, Temple University

Our values

Writing at Bronx Letters exists in every content area because we know it’s a lever for change that allows students to succeed as they move into college, and for us, that’s the goal.”
— Brandon Cardet-Hernandez, Principal

BAL's Core Values define and guide our school: Inquiry, Integrity, Expression, Compassion, Vision and Tenacity.  In addition to challenging academic work, we are also strongly committed to promoting flexible, self-motivated learning outside of the classroom.  Our teachers facilitate a wide variety of extracurricular arts and athletics programs, including drama, art, chorus, debate, baseball and boys and girls’ basketball and track. During the year, our students participate in regular field trips to arts institutions, colleges and universities. During the summer months, our Enrichment and Partnership Coordinator helps connect students with jobs, internships, and programs that allow them to travel all over the world.

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Our In-Residence program allows us to house writers, actors, musicians and activists in a creative setting where our residency partners run workshops during and after school.

These professionals in the classroom also coordinate the musical events, theater productions, social movements and our Writers’ Forum reading series, in which our students convene to hear from professional writers of every genre.

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the power of words

In the study of language, specifically, we offer a separate four-year series of writing classes in addition to a four-year series of literature classes. Students across our middle school and in 9th grade take part in an innovative Service Learning class supported by our partnership with Generation Citizen. Twice a year, students also take part in Be The Change Week, an exciting interdisciplinary learning experience where students develop service projects aimed at impacting social justice in our community. We culminate the year with Exhibitions, a rich experience rooted in project based learning with the goal of strengthening critical thinking, student writing and presentation skills.

Bronx Academy of Letters

339 Morris Avenue, Bronx, New York, 10451 ● 1 (718) 401-4891