Mission & Values
When the Bronx Academy of Letters opened its doors as a high school in September 2003, our founders – a dedicated team of students, parents, teachers, and community leaders – were united by a single idea: students who can express themselves clearly in writing can do better in any path they choose in life.
Today, 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.
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. Our middle school takes part in an innovative Service Learning class supported by our partnership with Generation Citizen. Our 9th graders are enrolled in a work-based learning course that is built to prepare them for life through and beyond high school; they learn professionalism, resume writing, and email etiquette among other skills needed to succeed as they segue into adulthood. Twice a year, middle school 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. In the high school, 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.
In addition to challenging academic work, we are also committed to promoting flexible, self-motivated learning outside of the classroom.
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 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.
Our teachers facilitate a wide variety of extracurricular arts and athletics programs, including drama, art, chorus, debate, baseball, softball, boys and girls’ basketball, and track. During the year, our students participate in regular field trips to arts institutions, conferences, and colleges and universities. During the summer months, our Enrichment and Partnership Coordinator connects students with jobs, internships, and programs, some of which allow them to travel all over the world.
At Bronx Letters, we celebrate hard work, curiosity, self-expression, and service. Our graduates are equity minded, highly articulate, critical readers and writers, fully prepared to tackle the opportunities they’ll meet in college and their careers.
Our students are capable problem solvers. They take pride in their independence, organization, and confidence.
They celebrate their service to the community. They are healthy, energized, and fit. They cultivate and pursue wide and varied ambitions to be anything from poets, journalists, community organizers, and musicians to politicians, doctors, and scientists.