Tottenville High School

100 LUTEN AVENUE
STATEN ISLAND NY 10312 Map
Phone: (718) 668-8800
Website: Click here
Admissions: neighborhood school/integration variance
Principal: Joseph Scarmato
Neighborhood: South Shore
District: 31
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: Concetta Assennato
Humanities & Interdisciplinary
Science & Math
Zoned
JROTC
Wheelchair Accessible

Buses: S55, S56, S59, S78

What's special:

Big, suburban-style high school with strong spirit

The downside:

Lots of seniors only have a half day

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Tottenville High School is a large, bustling zoned school on the southern tip of Staten Island. It has two small, selective institutes (one in humanities and one in math and science) for very high performing students and a Marine Corps Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program open to Staten Islanders who live outside the school zone.

Kids say they like Tottenville because it’s like a little city with something for everyone. “The teachers make it a great environment,” one junior told us at the high school fair. Sports are a big focus for the school community, and the school has a strong spirit. Many teachers are themselves Tottenville grads. Seniors can have a full schedule or a short day, ending school by noon, depending on their academic coursework; the school has one college guidance counselor, and individual guidance counselors that work with students over all four years of high school. Many students go to CUNY and SUNY schools; about 64 percent of graduates enroll in either 2- or 4-year colleges, according to the 2010-11 Progress Report.

Some ROTC students we spoke with plan to enter the military; others hope that the ROTC experience, including leadership training, will improve their college applications. (Students who are admitted as ROTC participants may transfer into Tottenville’s other programs after a year, if they elect to do so.)

The school serves a range of students, and offers some Advanced Placement courses, along with subject tutoring and daily after-school credit-recovery classes for students who need to make up required coursework. Credit recovery classes are smaller than regular classes, which often max out at the legal cap of 34 – one boy we spoke with said his credit-recovery English class started with 20 students in September but dwindled to five by late October, because kids dropped out.

Ninety percent of the students responding to the Learning Environment Survey said they feel safe at school, and most teachers agreed the school is orderly. Kids told us security steps in quickly to resolve the occasional fights in the stairwells, bathrooms or lunchroom.

Special education: The school has a wide range of special education services, including self-contained classes, OT, PT, speech therapy and counseling. Nearly 500 students have individual education plans.

Admissions: Zoned high school. Students with grades of 90 over above in their core subjects may apply to the Classics Institute or the Science Institute. Admission to the Marine ROTC program is by the educational option formula designed to ensure a mix of low- average and high performing students. (Helen Zelon, high school fair, October 2011)

 

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 3957

Average Daily Attendance 90%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
5%

Black

  
2%

Hispanic

  
11%

White

  
82%

Free Lunch

  
30%

Special ed

  
16%

English Language Learners

  
1%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.75 2.40 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

31 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

56% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

63% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

80% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

69% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

25% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2014

How many students graduated within 4 years?

85% 73% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

90% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many students graduated within 4 years?

83% 65% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

28% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

88% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

5% 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?

15%

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

44%

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

45%

Are students ready for college?

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

52% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

480
418 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 497 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

71% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

500
426 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 513 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?

55% 47% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

64% 54% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

76% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

99% 89% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners graduated within 4 years?

37% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners graduated within 6 years?

56% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

School admission priorities:

  1. Priority to Staten Island 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

Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps

Ed. Opt.

The Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officersï¾’ Training Corps (JROTC) program is co-sponsored by the Department of Education and the US Marine Corps. The curriculum is divided into three areas: academic, military and physical fitness and is designed to provide students with a sense of leadership and self-discipline.

Classics Institute

Screened

This program is designed to challenge those students who are not only strong in the humanities and language areas, but also interested in pursuing careers in these or related areas.

Selection Criteria

  • English (90-100) , Math (90-100) , Science (90-100) , Social Studies (90-100)
  • Math Levels: Levels 3-4 ; English Language Arts Levels: Levels 3-4

There may be additional selection criteria, see the High School Directory for more information

Science Institute

Screened

This program is designed to challenge those students who are not only strong in math and science, but also interested in pursuing careers in these or related areas. The program is rigorous and requires a serious commitment. In addition to fulfilling all high school requirements, students in this program take a minimum of two college-level science classes and one year of college-level math. Hands-on and computer research in science is required, leading to opportunities for both supervised and independent research.

Selection Criteria

  • English (90-100) , Math (90-100) , Science (90-100) , Social Studies (90-100)
  • Math Levels: Levels 3-4 ; English Language Arts Levels: Levels 3-4

There may be additional selection criteria, see the High School Directory for more information

Zoned

Zoned

Academic Comprehensive Program

Academics

AP COURSES: Biology, Calculus BC, Chemistry, English Literature and Composition, Physics B, Psychology, United States Government and Politics, United States History

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Advertising, Architecture Design, Broadway, Cheerleading, Chorus, Concert and Marching Bands, Conflict Mediation, Council for Unity, Cranial Crunch, Drama, Envirothon, Global Outreach, Habitat for Humanity, Intel Science Research, Irish Culture Club, Italian-American Culture Club, Jazz Band, Jewish Culture Club, Key Club, Korean Students Association, Latin-American Student Organization, Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Math Team, Mock Trial, Model Congress, National Honor Society, Newman Club, Poetry, Robotics, Russian Culture, SING, Student Government, Student Publications, Symphonic Band

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

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

Other schools sports: Girls Flag Football, Dance Team, Cheerleading

Source: High school directory

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