History of the Bronx Center for Science & Mathematics

Welcome to the Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics, the # 1 unscreened high school in the Bronx! BCSM began in 2005 as a simple idea: Why should children in the Bronx have to travel into Manhattan to find a school with great academics and a safe and supportive environment? Edward Tom, our founding principal, had a vision for a school community founded on seven core virtues: Respect, Honor, Commitment, Excellence, Perseverance, Integrity, and Service.  Mr. Tom is now in his 11th year as our principal, and you can still find him “directing traffic” in the halls, adjusting ties, and leading the dismissal to the bus stop. The feature film documentary, Whatever It Takes, chronicles the struggles and excitement to create the kind of learning environment in which all students thrive.

In our first year, we had 186 applicants for our 125 incoming freshmen seats. This year, we expect to have almost 3,300 – a testament to the power of our founding principles. Our first graduating class sent students to such colleges as Dartmouth (New Hampshire), the University of Pennsylvania, NYU, Syracuse University, Vanderbilt University (Tennessee), Spelman College (Georgia), Middlebury (Vermont), Fordham, and many others. BCSM students have gone on to become MDs, PhDs, aeronautical engineers, geologists, teachers, counselors, social workers, businesses men and women, community organizers, and many many other worthy pursuits.

BCSM’s milestones include the large group of partners, who have invested their money and time to help BCSM students realize their dream. Such prestigious foundations as the Charles T. Hayden Foundation, Heckscher, and Traveler’s Insurance have provided funding for “bridge” programs that range from transition into high school, improving literacy, experiential learning, transitioning to college, college success, and career planning. Generous individuals have given our students a big head start in engaging in true scientific research. And, in 2016, we were proud to announce a major partnership with PDT Partners, a financial services firm, which will enable BCSM to acquire state of the art technology to enable our classroom instruction to truly be at a 21st-century level.

While BCSM has changed much since opening its doors many years ago, we still believe in educating our scholars one at a time, treating each with the respect and care they deserve.

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