Grover Cleveland High School

21-27 HIMROD STREET
QUEENS NY 11385 Map
Phone: (718) 381-9600
Website: Click here
Admissions: Queens residents; ed opt Science/Math Institute
Principal: Denise Vittor
Neighborhood: Ridgewood
District:24
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: LYDIA MARTINEZ
Science & Math
Health Professions
Zoned
Performing Arts/Visual Art & Design
Hospitality, Travel and Tourism

Buses: B13, B38, B57, Q38, Q39, Q54, Q58

What's special:

A lot of support for 9th-graders; many sports teams and extra-curricular activities

The downside:

Low graduation and college enrollment rates

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

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)

 

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 1869

Average Daily Attendance 79%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
9%

Black

  
5%

Hispanic

  
64%

White

  
20%

Free Lunch

  
73%

Special ed

  
16%

English Language Learners

  
23%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.80 2.80 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

28 24 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

60% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

60% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

83% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

86% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

48% 34% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

60% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

68% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

57% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen earned an advanced regents diploma within 4 years?

5% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

69% 73% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

17% 12% 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?

12%

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

24%

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

13%

Are students ready for college?

How many 2009 freshmen graduated in four years with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?

21% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

410
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2009 freshmen graduated in four years and enrolled in college?

45%

SAT math scores

433
425 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 514 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

Is the guidance counseling helpful?

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

71% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students starting school in 2008 graduated within 4 years?

33% 44% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students starting school in 2006 graduated within 6 years?

37% 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

54% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

95% 88% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners starting school in 2008 graduated within 4 years?

38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners starting school in 2006 graduated within 6 years?

57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

School admission priorities:

  1. Priority to Queens students or residents
  2. Then to New York City residents
  3. For Zoned Program only: Guaranteed offer to students who apply and live in the zoned area.

Source: High school directory

Academy of Business, Hospitality & Tourism

Ed. Opt.

Students will complement their core academic studies with a focus on career paths in one of the world’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.

Academy of Allied Health and Athletic Sciences

Ed. Opt.

Boasting over 25 athletic teams and extensive sports facilities, this program offers students rigorous Regents preparatory courses plus a major in health, nutrition, fitness and safety. Students will be able to receive lifeguard, EMT and First Aid/AED /CPR certifications.

Math/Science Institute

Ed. Opt.

Advanced courses including Advanced Placement Calculus and Statistics, Honors Biology, Chemistry and Physics, Science Research, Advanced Placement Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Science

Academy of Arts and Humanities

Ed. Opt.

Students will take all required Regents preparatory courses plus additional major courses in art, music, theater, language, history and English.

Academy of Information Technology (AoIT)

Ed. Opt.

Offers in-depth view of 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 .

Zoned

Zoned

Academics

AP COURCES: Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Environmental Science, European History, Italian Language and Culture, Music Theory, Psychology, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, Statistics, Studio Art: 2-D Design, United States History, World History

Online: Chemistry

Language classes: Italian, Polish, Spanish

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Arista, Computer Graphics/Art, International Bridge Building, Key Club, Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Literary Publication, Math Team, Musical and Play Productions, Numerous multicultural and multiethnic clubs, School Newspaper, Science Olympiad, SkillsUSA, Web Design/Internet, Yearbook

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball & JV Baseball, Basketball & JV Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball & JV Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball & JV Volleyball, Wrestling

Other schools sports: Girls: Lacrosse, Soccer, Wrestling; Intramural Tournaments

Source: High school directory

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