The Science Survey




The Science Survey is the award-winning student newspaper of The Bronx High School of Science, and it has been published continuously since our high school was founded in 1938. It is planned, researched, written, edited, and designed entirely by students as part of the elective ‘Journalism: Newspaper & Yearbook’ class, and it is published in a print edition and also online.


We strive to provide information that is accurate, thorough, and unbiased.  We aim to enlighten as well as to inform, and we seek to intellectually engage our readers.  We wish to serve as a journalistic voice for our diverse student body, and we strive to achieve the highest degree of journalistic integrity, both in our written articles and in our photojournalism.


The students in the elective ‘Journalism: Newspaper & Yearbook’ class also create the school’s yearbook, The Observatory. After seventy-five years of printing  The Observatory yearbook solely as a bound hardcover, we have taken the yearbook journalism program online, opening up an entire new world of journalistic possibility! Technology and journalism have increasingly migrated online in the real world, and we wish to follow suit, as our students deserve no less.  The yearbook will still print as a hardcover the way that it has always done, but our online site will serve to supplement and to enrich the journalism program at The Bronx High School of Science by giving our students real world experience in managing an online newspaper website, in working under deadline pressure, in learning WordPress (the industry standard for websites and blogs), and in taking journalistic photographs of the highest quality.

As befits a school for gifted students, The Observatory yearbook is legendary in its respective field. Over the past few years, The Bronx High School of Science yearbook, The Observatory, has won First Place Awards with Special Merit from The American Scholastic Press Association, Gold Medals from The Columbia Scholastic Press Association with additional All-Columbia Honors in Concept, Coverage, Writing, and Photography (winning the highest honors possible in four out of five categories), and First Class Honor Ratings from The National Scholastic Press Association. These are the three most prestigious high school student journalism competitions in the country, and The Observatory has taken the top publishing prizes in all three competitions. For the past five years in a row, it has had an award-winning yearbook spread featured in Jostens’ Look Book, an industry standard design reference guide used by high schools, colleges, and universities nationwide, one of only 435 yearbooks from across the country so honored with publication in this hardcover book. For the past FIVE years running, Mr. Thorp, the Faculty Advisor of the Yearbook Journalism program, has spoken on Nikon Digital SLR photography at the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s annual Spring Convention held on the campus of Columbia University.

The Bronx High School of Science’s 2015 yearbook, The Observatory, recently won a Gold Medal from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA), a First Class Award with a Mark of Distinction for Writing/Edition from the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA), and a First Place with Special Merit from the American Scholastic Press Association (ASPA).  


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