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Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music, The

Overview written by the school: The Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music is a small school for students who are passionate about continuing their music studies while pursuing a challenging academic course of study. In addition to music instruction, students are expected to complete course requirements that lead to an Advanced Regents Diploma, college acceptance, and career readiness. The school curriculum requires a commitment of four years of music instruction. In addition, our school has partnerships with Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, American Museum of Natural History, CUNY Lehman College, and Tony Bennett's Exploring the Arts Foundation.

School Performance

Graduation Rate: 95% (at the end of the school year before last, the percent of students who graduated "on time" by earning a diploma four years after they entered 9th grade).
Daily Attendance Rate: 91% of the school's students in the school year before last.
Percentage of Students Enough Variety: 81% students feel that this school offers a wide enough variety of programs, classes, and activities to keep them interested in school.
College Career Rate: 80% of students enroll in college or career programs within 6 months.
Percentage of Students Safe: 86% students feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms, locker room and cafeteria. (Student opinions on school safety, as reported on the NYC School Survey.)

Programs offered

Program 1: Instrumental Music: Concert Band/Jazz Band/ Piano
Code: X33A
Program description: Small group instruction on band instruments. Participation in three concert bands and jazz band; Latin band, music theory, music history, sight singing, and piano. Preparation for state competitions. Evaluations in solo and ensemble work.
Interest: Performing Arts
Method: Audition

Seats 9 GE: 36
Grade 9 GE filled flag: Y
Grade 9 GE applicants: 212
Grade 9 GE applicants per seat: 6
Seats 9 SWD: 11
Grade 9 SWD filled flag: Y
Grade 9 SWD applicants: 54
Grade 9 SWD applicants per seat: 5

Audition information: Bring your own instrument (except piano, tuba, double bass, percussion and amplifiers, which will be provided) and your mouthpieces. Perform a prepared selection of your choice. Sight-reading and scales will be required.
Common audition: 1
Seats 10: Yes
Admissions priority 1: Open to New York City residents

Requirement 1: Audition - Go to for information and dates
Requirement 2: Audition with common components


Extracurricular Activities
Extracurricular activities and clubs offered by the school that do not fall under one of the Sports categories (PSAL Sports or School Sports): Band, Chamber Music, Cheerleading, Choir, College Tours, Dance, Disney's Magic Music Days, Drama, Free Summer Music Camp, Summer Bridge, Gospel/Mens Choirs, Guitar, Instrumental Quintets, Journalism, Musical Theater, Newsletter, Peer Mediation, Percussion, Performances and Competitions, Recycle-A-Bicycle, Rock/Latin Bands, SAT Prep, Senior Committee, Strings, Student Council, Student Recitals, Yearbook Committee, Yoga and Zumba, Chess Club, Drones Club, 3D Printing, Gender & Sexuality Alliance (GSA)
PSAL Sports Boys
Male PSAL (Public School Athletics League) sports offered at the school, listed under Extracurricular Activities and Clubs in the HS Directory: Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Handball, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Volleyball
PSAL Sports Girls
Female PSAL (Public School Athletics League) sports offered at the school, listed under Extracurricular Activities and Clubs in the HS Directory: Basketball, Bowling, Softball, Swimming, Table Tennis, Volleyball
PSAL Sports Coed
Co-ed PSAL (Public School Athletics League) sports offered at the school, listed under Extracurricular Activities and Clubs in the HS Directory: No data
School Sports
Sports offered by the school outside PSAL (Public School Athletics League): Baseball/Softball, Basketball, Swimming, Volleyball
Flag for female only school: No data
Flag for male only school: No data

Other info

Total students: 421
Start time: 8:00am
End time: 3:36pm

Final grades: 9 to 12
ELL programs: English as a New Language
Language classes: Spanish
Advancedplacement courses: AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP Microeconomics, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP United States History
Additional info: College Trips; Dress Code; Extended Day Program; Health Center; Online Grading System; Saturday Programs; Student Parent Orientation; Summer Bridge Program; Summer Internships; Summer Orientation; Weekend Programs

School accessibility description: Fully Accessible
Flag for schools that offer 10th grade seats: Y

More info

Borough: Bronx
NTA: Van Cortlandt Village
Neighborhood: Van Cortlandt Village
Campus name: Walton Educational Campus
School Number: X430
Shared space: Yes
Community board: 207
Council district: 11
Census tract: 409
BIN: 2015241
BBL: 2032470070

About Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music, The


Address: 2780 RESERVOIR AVENUE, BRONX NY 10468
Latitude: 40.870293
Longitude: -73.898309
Phone number: 718-329-8550
Fax number: 718-329-8559
School email: [email protected]
Subway lines near the school: 4 to Kingsbridge Rd
Bus lines near the school: Bx1, Bx10, Bx12, Bx12-SBS, Bx2, Bx22, Bx26, Bx28, Bx3, Bx32, Bx34, Bx38, Bx9, BxM3, BxM4

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Academic opportunities: 

Advanced Regents Diploma program; Chancellor's Arts Endorsed Diploma, double periods of Ensemble, Music Electives, SAT prep, and six AP courses

Jazz Band, Latin Band, String Orchestras, Full Orchestra, Piano, and Choirs

Honors Courses, CUNY College Now, STEM Focus Courses & Activities, Community Service Partnerships, and National Honor Society

Minimum of two major performances yearly, evaluated by New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) as soloists and ensembles

International Performances, Educational Opportunities & Trips: Ireland, Vienna, Canada, Spain, Costa Rica

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