Life Sciences Secondary School

320 EAST 96 STREET
MANHATTAN NY 10128 Map
Phone: (212) 348-1694
Website: Click here
Admissions: Districts 2 & 4; Ed. Opt.
Principal: Kimberly Swanson
Neighborhood: Upper East Side
District: 2
Grade range: 6-12
Parent Coordinator: CECILIA MARSHALL
Health Professions

Buses: BxM1, BxM10, BxM7, M101, M102, M106, M15, M15-SBS, M31, M86, M96

What's special:

Collaboration with Mt. Sinai Hospital

The downside:

Cramped facilities; no outdoor space

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Life Sciences was founded in 1998 in collaboration with Mt. Sinai School of Medicine to encourage black and Hispanic students to prepare for careers in medicine. High school students must take four years of math and science and may attend lectures and demonstrations at Mt. Sinai, according to the school website.

Most students enter this combined middle and high school with poor academic skills, but about three-quarters graduate on time. Teachers say academic standards are high. Principal Genevieve Stanislaus, who took the helm in 2001, is an effective manager who is trusted by the staff, according to the Learning Environment Survey.

Students say they feel safe in class, but there are some complaints about fights. About one-quarter of the students who responded to the survey said they don’t always feel safe outside the building or in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms. Many students and some teachers said the building is dirty.

The school is housed in a small, early 20th-century red brick building on the border of Districts 2 and 4. Its hallways are cramped, the classrooms are small and there is no outdoor space. Facilities include a renovated auditorium, library, dance room, computer lab and a fitness room equipped with commercial quality cardio and resistance machines. The "gym" is a thin strip of space at the rear of the auditorium fitted with a gym floor and basketball hoops.

There are no metal detectors, but a student ID system helps track chronically truant students as well as those cutting classes. Students must wear uniforms of a shirt emblazoned with the school emblem and pants other than jeans.

Special education: The school offers SETSS (special education teacher support services), self-contained classes for student with special needs only and "collaborative team taught" (CTT) classes, where two teachers work with a group of special- and general education students.

Admissions: Admission to the middle school is open to students from Districts 2 and 4. The high school follows the education option formula which admits students of all levels of achievement. Roughly 75 students are admitted to the 6th grade and 150 to the 9th grade each year. (Laura Zingmond, October 2007, updated with DOE statistics, November 2012)

Middle InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Number of Students 616

Average Daily Attendance 83%

Uniforms? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
5%

Black

  
31%

Hispanic

  
60%

White

  
2%

Free Lunch

  
72%

Special ed

  
21%

English Language Learners

  
7%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.43 2.59 CITYWIDE AVERAGE


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

Safety & vibe

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

62% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students say this school offers enough programs to keep them interested?

69% 81% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE KIDS NICE?

How many students complain about bullying?

40% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students say students at their school respect one another?

43% 61% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

69% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

62% 85% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

84% 85% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

14 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students are chronically absent?

30% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam

1% 26% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ela exam

14% hi 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the state science exam

39% 49% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS Prep

How many 8th graders pass high school regents exams?

Percent of 8th graders who take and pass the algebra regents:

0% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 8th graders who take and pass a science regents:

0% 16% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How do graduates do in 9th grade?

Percent who pass all their classes freshman year:

94% 85% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:

0% 3% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:

0% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

0% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:

NA 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

NA 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

Percent of ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

NA 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of former ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

NA 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Number of Students 616

Average Daily Attendance 83%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
5%

Black

  
31%

Hispanic

  
60%

White

  
2%

Free Lunch

  
72%

Special ed

  
21%

English Language Learners

  
7%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.33 2.38 CITYWIDE AVERAGE


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

Middle school students reading at grade level:

NA 28% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Middle school students doing math at grade level:

NA 29% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Safety & vibe

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

27 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

62% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

62% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

58% 85% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

69% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

53% 36% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2015

How many students graduated within 4 years?

82% 69% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

15% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

71% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

8% 10% 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?

6%

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

11%

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

18%

Are students ready for college?

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

26% 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

440
423 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 495 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

57% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

435
431 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?

77% 76% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

56% 48% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

57% 57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

74% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

97% 97% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners graduated within 4 years?

47% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners graduated within 6 years?

55% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

School admission priorities:

  1. For M40A only: a. Priority to Manhattan students or residents b. Then to New York City residents
  2. For M40B only: Open only to continuing 8th graders

Source: High school directory 2015-2016

Life Sciences for New Students

Ed. Opt.

Focus on the Health Sciences with internship, mentoring, and research opportunities with Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Life Sciences for Current Students

For Continuing 8th Graders

See above description.

Academics

AP COURSES: Biology, Calculus, English, United States Government and Politics, World History

Source: High school directory 2015-2016

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Arista, Art, Cheerleading, Chess, Chorus, Computer, Craft, Dance, Digital Creations, Fitness, Forensic Science, Gardening, Peer Tutoring, Instrumental Music, Kaplan College Prep, Library Squad, Macy‰Ûªs, Model UN, Painting, Photography, Newspaper, Sculpture, Step, Student Government, Tennis, 3-D Productions, Web Design, Yearbook

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball, Soccer

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Soccer, Softball, Volleyball

Source: High school directory 2015-2016

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