The Bronx School of Science featured Netflix’s See you Yesterday. This Movie was produced by Spike Lee and took place entirely in the city of the Bronx, New York. Bronx Science is a very prestigious specialized high school. Although an NYCDOE High School, Bronx Science requires prospective students to take an admission exam, that normally has a 5% passing, meaning only 5% of the prospective students pass the exam, although everyone has an equal opportunity at passing this exam.
Equity and inclusion
Bronx Science is located in a very diverse community. However, Bronx Science has been criticized for not its lack of diversity. For example, Bronx Science has only around 5% of African, and Hispanic Americans, and nearly 90% White, and Asian Americans. This can be attributed to the school competitiveness and the lack of interest in STEM by minority communities. Though this is highly controversial. Most of the students commute from out of town using the massive New York City public transportation.
Movie Premise (No Spoilers)
The Movie is about two African American students from the Bronx, who attend the Bronx High School of Science. The plot, without spoilers, is about the two students trying to create a time machine to travel to the past. The students use many science experiments which creates cohesion, and connection to the highly recognized school.
The Bronx High School of Science is one of the most successful, and prestigious High schools of Science in the state of New York. You would be surprised to know that this is a public school.
How was Bronx High School of Science founded?
The Bronx High School of Science was founded in 1938 by the resolution of the Department of Education of the City of New York with Dr. Morris Meister as the first principal of the school. The school was housed in a Gothic building located at Creston Avenue and 184th Street. The building, built-in 1918 for Evander Childs High School, was previously occupied by Walton High School (1930) and by an annex of DeWitt Clinton High School (1935). Bronx Science started with 150 ninth-grade students and 250 tenth-grade students, and the remaining facilities were used by DeWitt Clinton. As Bronx Science became larger, the Clinton contingent was gradually returned to its main building. During their joint occupation, which lasted for two years, the two schools had separate teaching staff and classes, but the same supervision and administration.
Bronx High School of Science
This is a great way to recognize the great things the city of the Bronx has to offer. The Bronx High School of Science has a repertoire of successful, and famous alumni. Bronx Science has been the proud home of nearly ten Nobel prize winners, numerous CEOs, Pulitzer Prize winners, among others. Considering Bronx Science is located in a very poor community, it is the very competitive, and academic culture that results in success for most students. Additionally, the entrance exam is extremely competitive with nearly 100 multiple-choice questions.
Highly Successful Bronx Science Alumni
- Lisa Su ’86 CEO of AMD
- Jon Cryer ’83
- Judith Weintraub Younger ’50
- Jon Favreau ’84
- Richard Danzig ’61
- Raymond King ’82
- Melvin Schwartz ’49
- Harold Bloom ’47
- Stokley Carmichael ’60
We will wrap up this article here to avoid spoilers. Nevertheless, although not the first time, it is significant how Netflix and Spike Lee are highlighting the greatness of the Bronx. The Bronx is much more than Yankee Stadium, and the Bronx Zoo. Here we develop scientists, CEOs, and leaders. The NYCDOE is one of the largest and most diverse educational systems in the world.