Validus Preparatory Academy

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Validus Preparatory Academy
1595 Bathgate Avenue
Bronx, New York 10457
United States
Coordinates 40°50′24″N 73°54′06″W / 40.839906°N 73.901699°W / 40.839906; -73.901699Coordinates: 40°50′24″N 73°54′06″W / 40.839906°N 73.901699°W / 40.839906; -73.901699
Motto "Strong Mind. Strong Body."
Established 2005
School district New York City Geographic District # 9
School number X263
Principal Ocampo Javier
Teaching staff 20.0 (as of 2007–08)[1]
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 336 (as of 2007–08)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 16.8 (as of 2007–08)[1]
Color(s) Black, Purple, Gray
Athletics Baseball, JV Baseball, Softball, Cross Country, Wrestling
Mascot Bathgate Bulldogs
Nickname Valid Us
Team name Bathgate Bulldogs

Validus Preparatory Academy is a small public high school in the south Bronx, New York. Founded in 2005, Validus currently[when?] enrolls 432 students in grades 9–12. Validus Prep has received a score of "well-developed" on the NYC Department of Education's School Quality Review all three years they have been reviewed and is considered a top new small high school in the city.[citation needed]


Validus Prep was initially supported through a Gates Foundation grant to partner with New York City Outward Bound to create small learning communities in New York City.


The exterior of the Bathgate Education Complex is very bright and colorful. The campus houses its own municipal purpose center, state of the art library and all classes are centered around a glass atrium in the main hall.


The school follows the state curriculum, incorporating curriculum from Expeditionary learning schools Expeditionary Learning Schools Outward Bound. The curriculum is very challenging and contains leadership classes to enhance students leadership potential.Validus students were featured in an MSNBC video speaking about the challenges of a presidential election.[2]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

All ninth graders attend a week-long Outward Bound experience in the fall at Sharpe Reservation at Harriman State Park to build character, teamwork and leadership skills. All Students in Validus are put in groups of 10-15 student groups called crews; Crews are headed by Validus teachers who act as personal guidance counselors. All Crews are involved in a crew challenge called crew Olympics where they compete against one another to become Crew Champions.


  1. ^ a b c "School Detail for Validus Preparatory Academy". National Center for Education Statistics. 
  2. ^ "Obama's story resonates with Bronx students". 

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