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How do I get into the Bronx High School of Science? Why choose this school?

By Bobby-Tariq Tutoring Center | Updated on January 16, 2020

The Bronx High School of Science, or Bronx Science, is another one of the most elite schools that you can gain acceptance to through the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT). To get into Bronx Science, all students are required to take the SHSAT and gain a score above the cutoff of 525 if taking the exam in eighth grade or above the range of 565-575 if students are taking the exam as a ninth grader. Each year, 730 spots are offered to eighth graders who take the exam whereas only 3 spots are offered to ninth graders. This means that of 30,000 students who take the eighth grade SHSAT, about 2.4% of them gain entrance to Bronx Science, and of about 3,000 students who take the ninth grade SHSAT, about 0.1% of students gain entrance to Bronx Science.

The odds are slim, but this is nothing to stress out about. Bobby-Tariq has the answers to your questions about admissions to Bronx Science. How do you get in, and why even choose Bronx Science? Read on to find out more.

Table of Contents:

  • Growth
  • Opportunities at Bronx Science  
  • College Pathways
  • Important Concepts 
  • Study Resources
  • Testimonials

Growth

Even if you weren’t the most dedicated student in middle school, you have no reason to be discouraged. Getting into high school is all about growth. The only thing you need to get into a school like Bronx Science is a high SHSAT score. But this score isn’t something that comes easily. It’s something that you have to meticulously prepare for and never lose sight of. Without proper motivation, achieving a high score on the SHSAT is virtually impossible. The main thing to remember is that it’s all about growth. Not only will your growth be put to the test as you study for and take the SHSAT, it will also be measured by your experiences in high school.

To achieve the growth you want to get into Bronx Science, you must prepare very seriously for the SHSAT. We see it as an opportunity for a very specific reason, and you cannot slack off if you hope to get into Bronx Science. Even if by some small chance you do make it, there is absolutely no way that you will survive without a strong work ethic. All you might need to get in is a 525, but what you need to stay in is a will to do better, be better, and grow more.

You can take advantage of getting into Bronx Science as a way to build the pathway to your future. We see it as another opportunity for growth, beyond your high school years. There’s a reason why so many students want to attend Bronx Science – it’s one of the most advanced and well-funded schools in New York City.

Opportunities at Bronx Science

Attending Bronx Science will be a catalyst for a successful future. There are so many opportunities at Bronx Science that are unique and enriching, allowing students to learn more about their selves and their passions. For starters, students at Bronx Science are able to volunteer at the school’s Holocaust museum, learning about the dangers of intolerance and hatred while affirming the beauty of diversity and inclusion. At Bronx Science, learning happens outside of the classroom. Not just at desks or with textbooks. Attending Bronx Science will be a catalyst for a successful future. There are so many opportunities at Bronx Science that are unique and enriching, allowing students to learn more about their selves and their passions. For starters, students at Bronx Science are able to volunteer at the school’s Holocaust museum, learning about the dangers of intolerance and hatred while affirming the beauty of diversity and inclusion. At Bronx Science, learning happens outside of the classroom. Not just at desks or with textbooks.

Bronx Science is extremely well-funded and supports its students’ endeavors very much. Students may choose to participate in Math, Social Science, or Natural Science research courses and join the Regeneron Science Talent Search to gain more insight about their fields and compete with other students nationwide. Furthermore, Bronx Science has advanced courses in Animal Science, Epidemiology, Marine Biology and more. By joining the Bronx Science Speech and Debate Team, one of the most dominant and world-renowned programs in the United States, students will also be able to gain a deeper and more critical view of issues in philosophy, human rights, congressional debate, and more. Bronx Science also hosts its very own debate tournament with students from over thirty states.

If you want to attend Bronx Science and get involved in these enriching activities, it is important that you put in to studying for the SHSAT what you expect to get out of attending a school like Bronx Science.

College Pathways

Students at Bronx Science also enjoy special relationships with certain programs and colleges that are interested in having Bronx Science students, who they think are some of the most mature, intelligent, and responsible kids from all over the city. Programs like Youth Bridge NY have a special connection with Bronx Science and many alumni connections. Additionally, schools like New York University, Cornell University, and the University of Michigan accept a large number of students from Bronx Science. Bronx Science students are put on college pathways from the day that they walk into the school, as the administration supports students in their desires to attend the most top-ranked universities.

Important Concepts

To get into Bronx Science, you must be aware of the most important concepts on the SHSAT. Achieving a Bronx Science score is not as easy as some might think, and we’ve got some tips below to help you be focused on the right concepts.

1. Algebraic Expressions

Questions like these are common and highlight a topic that is very prevalent on the SHSAT. Answering these questions not only highlights your understanding of the most important concepts in mathematics, but also illustrates your ability to think under the pressure of the exam, when your mind is racing. While the question may seem hard, it is not really so bad. Comment below if you know the answer! 

2. Distance, Rate, Time (DRT)

Questions like these are also very commonly asked in the mathematics section of the exam. While they might go back to the most basic topics, DRT questions build on your foundational knowledge. Answering questions like these that you can apply the basics to more difficult problems. Comment below if you know the answer.

Study Resources

Students who hope to attend Bronx Science have to put in the time and effort that are necessary into studying for the SHSAT. There is a reason why not many students get into Bronx Science – it is very difficult to get into and amongst the most highly ranked specialized high schools.


We at Bobby-Tariq Tutoring Center recommend a number of studying resources to help students get into Bronx Science. Students should self-study, but they should also use study resources like preparatory books, SHSAT classes, and private tutors if they are able to. Students should take also advantage of free government resources like the DREAM Program and the Discovery Program. You can learn more about these in our SHSAT guide.


Watch our President and SHSAT expert Mr. Tariq review SHSAT handbook questions below:

 

Testimonials

Learn more about students who we helped get into Bronx Science by watching our successful Bronx accepted students, Adib and Syed, talk about how Bobby-Tariq Tutoring Center helped them get into their dream school! Both students got above the cutoff score, gaining a 541 and 538, but these scores didn’t happen accidentally. They are a product of Adib and Syed’s hard work and refusal to give up. Both Adib and Syed attended Mr. Tariq’s class and studied with his material.

At Bobby-Tariq Tutoring Center, we have more than 10 years of beast experience, getting our students into schools like Bronx Science. As the masters of shortcuts, we hope to train our students to be beasts who can ace the SHSAT easily. Thousands of students have gotten into their dream schools through Mr. Tariq’s class. Join us to start your SHSAT journey!

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