3. Bronx Design and Construction Academy
333 E. 151st St., The Bronx
Admission: Priority to Bronx students or residents who attend an info session, then NYC residents who attend info session, then Bronx students or residents, then NYC residents
Graduation rate: Too new
Taking AP tests: 21
AP pass rate: 0
This new school in Melrose section focuses on sustainable building practices, offering smaller-than-average classes and a skills-based approach to learning. Features like a rooftop garden, which allows for hands-on study of solar energy, reinforce the theme. So does the federal grant won in 2015 that MTA is using to implement a new transit-careers program. With 13 applicants per seat, BxDCA’s architecture and design track is highly sought-after. Architecture students train first in mechanical drafting and later in AutoCAD. On the building construction and design track, students can choose to major in HVAC, plumbing, carpentry or electrical specialties. Many earn certifications that help them head into construction and design jobs after graduation.