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New Settlement Community Campus

The New Settlement Community Campus is a 172,000 sq. ft. community school facility that combines two new public schools, pre-Kindergarten through grade twelve, special education classrooms, a health clinic, and outdoor play spaces, with an aquatics center, dance studio, green roof learning terrace, cooking classroom and multipurpose spaces. Located in the Mt. Eden section of the Southwest Bronx, the Community Campus follows more than twenty five years of work at New Settlement Apartments to revitalize this once abandoned neighborhood with 1,022 units of quality affordable housing and a range of programs that have strengthened social and academic outcomes for a generation of young people.  

Settlement Housing Fund and New Settlement collaborated with the NYC School Construction Authority and Department of Education on the development of the facility, which features new public schools and an attached community center complete with a 75-foot five-lane swimming pool.  This innovative, state-of the-art Community Campus, designed by Dattner Architects with Edelman Sultan Knox Wood / Architects, addresses the need to alleviate overcrowded schools and the need for space to accommodate expansion and enhancement of New Settlement’s community programs for youth and families. 

The Campus schools opened in September 2012 for 700 children in seven grades and special education classrooms; now fully phased in, it now serves approximately 1,100 students.  CLICK HERE for press coverage on the first day of school.

The Community Center offers a range of programs including dance, yoga, capoeira, swimming and more to more than 7,500 members and many more who take individual classes. Visit them online, and see programs in action on YouTube.  


Jimi Orekoya, Director

New Settlement Community Center

1501 Jerome Avenue (at 172nd Street)

Bronx, NY 10452 


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2015 Center for Active Design: Excellence award

2014 Excelsior Awards for Public Architecture - AIA New York State

2013 Award of Honor, Category: Educational & Institutional - New York Council of the Society of American Registered Architects (SARA)

2013 Project of the Year - Construction Management Association of America (CMAA), NY/NJ Chapter

2013 Brick in Architecture Award, Best in Class, Educational (K-12)

2013 Citation for Education Facilities Design - Boston Society of Architects/AIA


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