Grover Cleveland High School
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Grover Cleveland High School
Buses: B13, B38, B57, Q38, Q39, Q54, Q58, Q67, QM24
Grover Cleveland is a large high school offering a broad range of courses and extracurricular activities. Many of its students are still learning to speak English, including immigrants from Central and South America, Albania and Poland. It grapples with problems typical of large, urban schools such as low graduation rates, lagging attendance and 9th graders starting school with weak skills.
In 2011 the Department of Education identified Grover Cleveland as a poor performing school, but chose to reorganize it into small learning communities and change leadership rather than close it. Denise Vittor became principal in September, 2011. One year earlier she left her position as principal of Queens Vocational High School as part of a similar DOE plan to address that school's record of low achievement. Vittor received high marks from Grover Cleveland teachers on the 2011-12 Learning Environment Survey, though school-wide participation on the survey was low so the results only reflect the opinion of half the teaching staff.
All incoming freshmen are enrolled in the Tiger Academy designed to help new students ease into the high school experience and stay on track. It operates on a different schedule from the rest of the school and has a dedicated staff of teachers. Ninth graders spend most of their day in classrooms clustered together in a wing of the building.
Beginning in 10th grade students enroll in one of four, themed programs: Academy of Allied Health and Athletic Sciences, Academy of Business, Hospitality and Tourism, Academy of Arts and Humanities, and the Math/Science Institute. Each has its own administrators and teachers and set of elective classes. Students are expected to choose a major. For instance in Arts and Humanities, students can concentrate their studies in fine arts, drama, music or humanities. In the Math/Science Institute they can major in engineering or information technology.
Grover Cleveland was one of five schools nationwide chosen by the National Academy Foundation to pilot a program that teaches students how to create Android-based mobile applications (apps). Students create the apps on tablet and laptop computers supplied by the computer manufacturer, Lenovo.
There are numerous Advanced Placement classes and students may take college classes at La Guardia Community College. Foreign languages include Spanish, Spanish for native speakers, Polish for native speakers and Italian.
The Achieve Now program targets seniors who don't have enough credits to graduate on time and freshmen who failed most of their classes. Participants attend school from noon to 5:40 pm , taking classes in a cluster of rooms tucked away in a side hallway. Once they catch up, they transition into one of the academies, or graduate.
The massive 1930's-era building is located a few blocks from the Brooklyn border. A commute by subway is doable, but it is a long walk to the "M" and "L" lines. Facilities include three gymnasiums, an auditorium, an art room equipped with a kiln, a swimming pool, indoor track, weight training room, and an aerobic room filled with professional-grade cardio equipment. An outdoor track and field is located a few blocks away. There are no metal detectors.
There are many sports teams and a nice mix of clubs and activities such as math team, international bridge building, drama, school newspaper, Lincoln-Douglas debate and web design. Grover Cleveland hosted the New York State Science Olympiad in 2012.
Special education: There are Special Education Teacher Support Services (SETSS), ICT (Integrated Collaborative Teaching) and self-contained classes. Supports for English language learners (ELL) include bilingual instruction for native Spanish speakers and ELL-concentrated classes for courses required for graduation.
College admissions: The majority of graduates who attend college enroll in CUNY schools. Many must take remedial courses at CUNY because of low scores on Regents exams, SATs or college prep courses.
Admissions: Zoned school for the general program. For the themed programs, priority goes to Queens students. Students are selected according to the educational option formula designed admit a mix of low, average and high achieving students.(Laura Zingmond, statistics, news reports and interviews, November, 2012)
At a glance
Number of Students 1828
Average Daily Attendance 79%
Metal detectors? No
INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.32 2.40 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Safety & vibe
ARE CLASSES BIG?
Number of students in an average english class28 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?
How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?52% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?53% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?
How many students say they feel safe in hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?78% 85% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?69% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How Many Students are Chronically Absent?48% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Class of 2014
How many students passed a Regents exam for algebra 2, physics or chemistry?13%
Is the guidance counseling helpful?
How many students say that this school provides helpful counseling on college or job-seeking?67% 76% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Special ed & ELL
Programs and Admissions
School admission priorities:
- Priority to Queens students or residents
- Then to New York City residents
- For Zoned Program only: Guaranteed offer to students who apply and live in the zoned area
Academy of Arts and Humanities
Students will take all required Regents preparatory courses and additional major courses in art, music, theater, language, history and English.
Advanced courses including AP Calculus and Statistics, Honors Biology, Chemistry and Physics, and Science Research.
Academy of Information Technology (AoIT)
Offers in-depth study in the field of information technology; courses include web design, computer repair and maintenance, digital media, computer graphics, and industry certification in Oracle Database management; opportunity for internships.
Academy of Allied Health and Athletic Sciences
Boasting over 25 athletic teams and extensive sports facilities, this program offers students rigorous Regents preparatory courses and a major in health, nutrition, fitness and safety. Students will be able to receive lifeguard, EMT and First Aid/AED /CPR certifications.
Academy of Business, Hospitality & Tourism
Students will complement their core academic studies with a focus on career paths in one of the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s largest industries. Coursework includes management of hotels, sports events and event planning and the study of geography, economics and world cultures; Virtual Enterprise program. Grover Cleveland is affiliated with the National Academy Foundations Academy of Hospitality and Tourism.
AP COURSES: Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, English, European History, Spanish, Statistics, United States History
EXTRACURRICULAR: Arista, Computer Graphics/Art, Envirothon, International Bridge Building, Key Club,Math Team, Musical and Play Productions, Science Olympiad, SkillsUSA, Virtual Enterprise, Web Design/Internet, Yearbook
BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling
GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling
Other schools sports: Girls: Wrestling, Intramural Tournaments