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Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics

In 2016, the foundation provided a third strategic grant to Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics (BCSM), a public high school located in the poorest congressional district of the United States. BCSM is an unscreened high school in which 83 percent of students qualify for free or reduced lunch and 78 percent are first generation to college. Through a funding partnership between the foundation and the Charles Hayden Foundation, BCSM has established itself as a college preparatory high school, offering rigorous courses, preparing students for the SAT exam, exposing students to a wide variety of colleges, and offering summer bridge programs and extracurricular activities.

In 2016, Newsweek named BCSM the highest-ranked unscreened high school in New York City, the seventh-ranked high school in New York State for “beating the odds,” and the 54th best high school in the U.S. With previous foundation support, BCSM deepened its services by adding out-of-school and summer programming for its students, including a literacy bridge for rising 10th-graders, experiential summer programming for rising 11th-graders, and a pre-college bridge for rising 12th-graders.

BCSM is also a peer mentoring partner school in the 2016 ELITE (Executive Leadership Institute for Transformational Educators) high school principal leadership coaching and mentoring initiative, a partnership among the foundation, Reach Educational Solutions, and the Columbia University Coaching Certification Program. See more at: REACH/ELITE High School Principal Initiative