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Our Mission

South Bronx Community Charter High School promotes student excellence through an emphasis on academic, personal and professional skills in a supportive and responsive learning environment. SBC students graduate with a positive sense of self, ready to design and realize their futures in college, community and career.

Our Model

Competency-based Instructional Model

South Bronx Community Charter High School’s competency-based approach allows students to progress based on mastery of skills, rather than time spent in class, meaning that no student is left behind and all are held to a rigorous standard that will prepare them for college and career. The principal focus is to help students develop and demonstrate competencies — clear actionable learning targets, such as the ability to read analytically — that demonstrate their academic, personal and professional readiness. Competencies are aligned to the Common Core and assessed through students’ fulfillment of performance tasks — rigorous, engaging and complex projects. Because learning pathways are accessible online, students move at their own pace, and receive support as needed. Teachers’ shared focus on a set of competencies mean that students have multiple opportunities to encounter and master core critical thinking, reading and writing skills across domains.

Balanced Staffing and Schedules

Supporting students with social and emotional learning to complement a rigorous academic program is critical for student success in college and beyond (Dweck, Tough). SBC uses a robust staffing plan that provides a high adult to student ratio. SBC’S “learning coaches”, staff with youth development expertise, work alongside teachers to provide personalized support through one-on-one and small group tutoring, ensuring that students receive personalized, intensive, and timely attention. They also support social and emotional skill acquisition and implement our college, career and leadership focused advisory program. This staffing configuration allows SBC to extend learning time for students and provide more time for teacher collaboration.

Cultural Responsiveness

Student engagement is a major factor in preventing student dropout. SBC uses culturally responsive education practices to promote students’ sense of belonging, positive school culture and attendance. Culturally Responsive Education is the simple but powerful contention that achievement is anchored not just in building from one’s existing strengths but in full engagement of one’s self and lived experience. At SBC, this includes incorporating student choice and voice in curriculum, examining personal identity through a weekly rites of passage program, and holding students accountable through restorative justice as an alternative to zero-tolerance discipline.

Adaptive School Operations and Management

South Bronx Community Charter High School is committed to the principles of design-thinking. It is user-centered, reflectively managed, and consistently engaged in continuous improvement. At SBC, staff will be trained in and supported to conduct improvement cycles — the regular testing of practices and innovations informed by data collection and analysis and application of insights. In the same way that the SBC learning model focuses on improvement through revision, staff and leadership are expected to reflect on, revise, and improve their practices in intentional, collaborative and continuous ways.

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On June 29, 2016 South Bronx Community Charter High School’s Board of Trustees and school leadership team hosted an event for partners and school supporters to celebrate SBC’s upcoming opening. The event provided an opportunity for fellow public education stakeholders to network and to learn more about the ways that SBC intends to innovate teaching and learning and provide its students with the skills and experiences needed for happiness, continuous learning, leadership and success.

Parents of current 8th and 9th graders can apply for admission to South Bronx Community Charter High School. To complete an application please click the button above. Completing this application guarantees your child a place in our admissions lottery, which will take place in April of 2017. All applications are due on April 1, 2017. Any applications received after the April 1st deadline will be added to the 2017-18 wait list.

SBC Lottery


Any eligible application that is submitted is automatically part of South Bronx Community’s admissions lottery – no additional action is needed beyond submission of a complete application. The South Bronx Community Charter High School admissions lottery will take place on April 8. Prospective SBC families and students do not have to attend the admissions lottery since results will not be immediately available, but they are free to attend if they wish.

The lottery is completely random with select preferences built in. Lottery preferences are provided for:

Siblings of current or accepted students

Applicants who reside within the Bronx Community School District (CSD) 7


Anyone applying by April 1st will receive notification of lottery results by mail, email, and/or phone call in mid­ April. If your child is not initially selected via the lottery system for immediate admission to South Bronx Community, he or she will be place on our waitlist. As we attempt to enroll those who were selected, we may need to draw from our waitlist to fill seats left vacant by those who might have moved or had other circumstances that prevent them enrolling in South Bronx Community. Those decisions will be communicated via mail, email, and/or phone call. The full results of the admissions lottery will be available on South Bronx Community’s website in late April. There are two possible outcomes from the lottery – acceptance or placement on the waitlist. No one is rejected for any reason.


If you are granted a seat based on your random lottery number, you will receive information about how to enroll your child. During this process, you will need to confirm or provide key information that will allow South Bronx Community to properly serve you and your child. We will also inform you of any orientations and summer sessions at this time.


If your child is not accepted during the initial lottery (as determined by his or her random lottery number), or if you apply after the April 1st deadline, he or she will be placed on our waitlist. We will provide as much information as possible on the likelihood of your child receiving a seat. We expect that some children will be accepted off the waitlist. We update the wait list regularly and will notify you if your child becomes accepted.

Are you interested in being a founding staff member at an innovative new high school? Apply to South Bronx Community Charter High School today.

Our Team


Harvey Chism

Co-Founder & Executive Director

John Clemente

Co-Founder & Academic Director

Natalie Ferrell

Co-Founder & Youth Development Director


Alvarez Symonette

Head of Development
Private Investment Firm

Michael Busch

Associate Director
Office of Student Success at the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership,
City College of New York

Brandon Corley

EPIC High School South

Jane Higgins

New York City Writing Project

Paul Ortiz

Director Community Guardian Program
Jewish Association Serving the Aged

Kate Del Priore

Managing Director of School Programs
Schools That Can New York City

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