High School of Applied Communication

30-20 THOMSON AVENUE
QUEENS NY 11101 Map
Phone: (718) 389-3163
Website: Click here
Admissions: Ed opt
Principal: Michael Weinstein
Neighborhood: Long Island City
District: 24
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: CLARA OLAYA
Humanities & Interdisciplinary

Buses: B62, Q100, Q101, Q102, Q32, Q39, Q60, Q66, Q67, Q69

What's special:

Small, diverse school with positive tone and environment.

The downside:

Little music, tiny gym, erratic elevator.

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

At the High School of Applied Communications students write, use technology, and converse to get their ideas across. Round tables spark old-fashioned, face-to-face interactions. “If you’re an effective communicator, you’ll be better off at work and in college,” said Principal Dan Korb, who sets a welcoming tone at this diverse, safe, orderly school.

Students and staff agree that the school’s small size promotes strong teacher-student bonds. Students reel off the names their favorites from among the young, upbeat, male and female staff. Routines provide continuity and there is little misbehavior. “We’re firm but fair,” said assistant principal Amy DeMarco. The social worker phones the home of every child who is absent.

Aside from the typical array of high school classes and three advanced placement courses, in U.S. History, English Literature, and European History, the school offers a few opportunities that fit the applied communications theme. There is an on-again, off-again journalism class with plans to publish an online newspaper. Students may become certified in Adobe and Microsoft Office in the computer design class. And together with Magic Box Productions, 10th graders learn to tell stories on film. The process of interviewing and shooting footage for documentaries has been so much fun that staff said English language learners are not aware of how much their English skills improve – until it shows up on test scores.

Staff share a common planning period each week to discuss lessons and student progress. Teachers strive to ensure that the lessons in one class support the lessons in another. The computer teacher, for example, may follow a theme in Global Studies by asking his students to create a brochure about Egypt or Spain. In most classrooms, we saw teachers roam around and crouch to eye level to expand the learning by asking “how” and “why” questions.

The number of students who score 65 percent or higher on Regent’s exams is on the rise, but there’s still a lag in math and science, although there are extra periods of algebra for 9th graders, just as there are extra periods of English. Korb hopes a second science teacher will provide additional support and help boost scores even more. Extra science classes include anatomy and forensics.

An industrious art teacher and her students use the hallways as a canvas for flowers and bugs and portraits of school personnel. There is no music, aside from band club and “open mic” night. After school activities include student government, art, drama, dance team, technology, book club and peer tutoring.

HSAC is on the 5th floor of a beautifully renovated office building that is also home to Bard Early College and Academy of Finance and Enterprise, with whom it shares a cafeteria. HSAC has a tiny gym, but the campus as a whole has boys' and girls’ basketball, cross-country, track and field, wrestling, and a strong girls’ Rugby team.

Special education: Team-taught classes, which include children with special needs, are on each grade level. A drawback for the few children in wheelchairs is that the elevators occasionally break down and get very crowded after 9th period. However, students with special needs seemed to be fully integrated into activities.

College admissions: The majority of the graduates attend SUNY or CUNY schools like Borough of Manhattan Community College, LaGuardia or Stonybrook. Private school acceptances have included St. Johns University and Savannah College of Art and Design.

Admissions: Admissions to the school is open citywide and based on the educational option formula. (Lydie Raschka, May 2012)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the building with Bard High School Early College Queens and the Academy of Finance and Enterprise

Number of Students 407

Average Daily Attendance 88%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
16%

Black

  
11%

Hispanic

  
56%

White

  
13%

Free Lunch

  
74%

Special ed

  
16%

English Language Learners

  
7%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.44 2.39 CITYWIDE AVERAGE


1 = Far below grade level 2 = Below grade level 3 = At grade level 4 = Above grade level

Safety & vibe

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

61% 74% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

87% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

How many students say they feel safe in hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?

94% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

34% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2015

How many students graduated within 4 years?

83% 69% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates earned an advanced regents diploma within 4 years?

25% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

87% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

8% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

College prep

Does this school offer a college preparatory curriculum?

How many students took an AP or IB class and scored at least a "3" on the AP exam or a "4" on the IB exam?

10%

How Many Students took a College Course and Got a "C" or Higher?

27%

How many students passed a Regents exam for algebra 2, physics or chemistry?

36%

Are students ready for college?

How many students graduated in four years with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?

38% 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

437
424 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 495 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated in four years and enrolled in college?

60% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

435
432 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 511 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

Is the guidance counseling helpful?

How many students say that this school provides helpful counseling on college or job-seeking?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

NA 48% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

NA 57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students with disabilities spend most of the day with non-disabled peers?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say students with disabilities are included in all activities?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners graduated within 4 years?

48% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners graduated within 6 years?

56% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

High School of Applied Communication

Limited Unscreened

Academics

AP COURSES: AP English, AP Human Geography, AP US History

Source: High school directory 2015-2016

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: After-School Tutoring, Art Club, Museum Studies, Book Club, Technology Team, Consultative Council, Dance Team, Rocketry Club, Multicultural Club, National Honor Society, Peer Mediation, Peer Tutoring, Regents Review, Saturday Academy, Senior Council, Student Government, Yearbook

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Wrestling

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Cross Country, Flag Football, Rugby, Soccer, Softball, Table Tennis, Volleyball

Source: High school directory 2015-2016

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