Bronx Academy of Letters

The Bronx Academy of Letters opened its doors as a high school in September 2003. Its 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, Bronx Letters’ rigorous, college-preparatory academic program spans grades six through twelve, serving over 600 students in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx, the nation’s poorest Congressional district.  Graduation rates at the school average between 80-90%, more than 33% higher than the average in the South Bronx.

The literary focus of the curriculum has produced more than just confident writers and readers, but better thinkers and eager learners.

FFL interviews Bronx Letters alum Emi Valerio about the importance of writing


Bronx Letters’ graduation rates have consistently reached as high as 80-90%. Since the first Letters graduating class in 2007, hundreds of kids have gone from the South Bronx to college – including the CUNY Honors Program, and schools like Columbia, Wesleyan and Sarah Lawrence.

As a result, in 2013, Letters was ranked by the NY Daily News as one of NYC’s top 25 high schools!