New Heights Academy Charter School

1818 AMSTERDAM AVENUE
MANHATTAN NY 10031 Map
Phone: (212) 283-5400
Website: Click here
Admissions: Lottery/District 6 priority
charter
Principal: Robert Parkes/Stacy Winitt
Neighborhood: Washington Heights
District: 6
Grade range: 05 thru 12

What's special:

City’s largest charter school offers Japanese

The downside:

Some students balk at strict discipline

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

The largest charter school in the city, New Heights Academy Charter School provides students in grades 5-12 with a strict, structured environment, small classes and the chance to learn Japanese.

Like many charter schools, New Heights follows a traditional style of teaching, with desks in rows or a U-shaped formation, students in uniforms, and a no-nonsense attitude towards goofing-off. On the day of our visit during the school’s first year, a child was reprimanded for wearing turquoise socks and another had to sit in the back of the class because, she said, "I was laughing."

Teachers lectured at the front of the class as students took notes, and timers beeped to instruct students when to stop working on their assigned task. Students were focused and organized.

While parents may appreciate the strict atmosphere, nearly one-third of students who responded to the Learning Environment Survey said discipline was unfair. Nearly half of the teachers said the principal is an ineffective manager and the school lacks order and discipline. On the positive side, the school has a high graduation rate, good attendance and students go on college trips.

Housed on several floors of a renovated former office building, the school has six new science labs and newly equipped classrooms. [Photo by Civic Builders, a non-profit organization that builds and renovates charter schools.]

Class sizes are capped at 24 students, and struggling students receive additional tutoring from teachers. The school officers Japanese, Italian and American Sign Language, operations manager Libby Madrid said in a telephone interview. High school students may leave the building for lunch. Middle school students have recess in a nearby park.

Special education: The school has several learning specialists and has expanded special education services in recent years, Madrid said.

Admission: Lottery. (Vanessa Witenko, September 2007, updated by Clara Hemphill with telephone interview, September 2012)

Middle InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 745

Average Daily Attendance 96%

Uniforms? NA

Students at this school

Asian

  
0%

Black

  
7%

Hispanic

  
92%

White

  
0%

Free Lunch

  
95%

Special ed

  
11%

English Language Learners

  
18%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.86 2.80 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?

58% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

77% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE KIDS NICE?

How many students complain about bullying?

63% 71% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

62% 56% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

89% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

100% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

NA 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students are chronically absent?

NA 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam

18% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ela exam

10% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 science exam

72% 51% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS Prep

How many 8th graders pass high school regents exams?

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

31% 19% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

22% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How do graduates do in 9th grade?

Percent who pass all their classes freshman year:

7% 84% 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 2013 math exam:

NA 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

NA 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:

10% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

5% 4% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:

13% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

0% 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

Percent of ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

NA 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of former ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

NA 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 745

Average Daily Attendance 96%

Uniforms? NA

Metal detectors? NA

Students at this school

Asian

  
0%

Black

  
7%

Hispanic

  
92%

White

  
0%

Free Lunch

  
95%

Special ed

  
11%

English Language Learners

  
18%

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

Middle school students reading at grade level:

NA 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Middle school students doing math at grade level:

NA 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Safety & vibe

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

NA 24 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

58% 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?

84% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

94% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

NA 34% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

79% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

87% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

71% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

86% 73% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

2% 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?

1%

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

5%

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

20%

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?

12% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

356
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

74%

SAT math scores

375
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?

76% 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?

60% 44% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

67% 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

78% 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

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