Port Richmond High School

85 ST JOSEPHS AVENUE
STATEN ISLAND NY 10302 Map
Phone: (718) 420-2100
Website: Click here
Admissions: Zoned/selective
Principal: Timothy Gannon
Neighborhood: Port Richmond
District: 31
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: ELAINE DIANGELO
Humanities & Interdisciplinary
Science & Math
Health Professions
Zoned
Business
Communications
Culinary Arts
JROTC
Dual Language

Buses: S40, S44, S46, S53, S57, S59, S66, S89, S90, S94, S96, X10, X10B, X14

What's special:

Beautiful athletic fields

The downside:

Low graduation rate

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Port Richmond is a large, traditional high school located in an old, residential neighborhood on Staten Island's north shore. With the towering arch of the Bayonne Bridge as its back drop, the school is housed in a well-maintained building that was constructed in 1920 and expanded in 1993 with the addition of a new wing. "We're a hidden gem," said Principal Tim Gannon in reference to the fact that many from Staten Island's newer communities (post-dating the opening of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge) along the south shore and at mid-island overlook the school because of its location.

The student population at Port Richmond is very diverse with no one ethnic group or range of student performance defining its community. It has a lot of highly motivated students recruited through its three, selective programs as well as its share who struggle academically, many of whom arrive their freshman year performing below grade level. There is an infant daycare center on the premises for the benefit of student parents and a program for low performing, older students designed to deliver instruction of core subjects in a single classroom environment. Teachers travel to the students, which minimizes the distraction of period changes as well as the opportunity to cut class.

Open to all students are programs in culinary arts, medical technology, information technology (focusing on Microsoft applications) and a television production studio. The latter is an elective available to seniors who fulfill all their English requirements. There is also a very active Junior ROTC program. Several members that we spoke with, all of whom were donning the ROTC uniforms, said that the program keeps them motivated and makes them feel apart of a group. As of 2016 the school also offers a Spanish-English dual language program.

Participants in the Virtual Enterprise, the school's business management program, spend their senior year running one of two virtual businesses. Their headquarters is a large room designed to replicate a corporate environment complete with cubicles and standard office equipment and furniture. Students must perform all tasks related to running a business from drafting a business plan, marketing and advertising to the administration of benefits, filing of tax returns and payment of salaries with funds drawn from mock bank accounts.

Of the three "screened" or selective programs, two require strong academics for admission. The Gateway Institute for Pre-College Education recruits minority student interested in science and medical-related careers. In one Gateway biology class students were relaxed and engaged, most raising their hands when asked what they knew about energy recycling. "You can't recycle energy," offered one girl. "You're right, it was trick question," responded the teacher. The Collegiate Academy Honors Program offers rigorous instruction in humanities, math and science for high achievers of all backgrounds. The College Discovery Program targets the more average student, offering a mix of honors-paced and regular courses. The school also offers advanced placement classes in several subjects, some open to students as early as their freshman year.

In non-honors classes we saw a big range in performance. For example in a collaborative team taught social studies course (two teachers with a mixture of general and special education students), the teacher was effective in drawing students into a discussion on the role that congressional committees play in the confirmation of presidential appointees. While some were knowledgeable about recent events in Congress, others struggled with the basic concept of a committee, unable to offer a definition or any examples.

All students that we met said they felt safe in the school and that there were no ethnic or racial tensions, a sentiment echoed by Gannon who noted that "many of the students come from diverse neighborhoods, so the school is no different for them." Those who were in one of the selective programs said it was important for them to maintain good grades. "I feel better in the better classes," said one student." "If you're in the other classes, some kids can be disruptive." Some of the long-term goals expressed by students were becoming an architect, fashion designer, child psychologist, police officer, archeologist and earning a masters degree in Europe.

The school is overcrowded and has to rely on portable classrooms and double sessions to handle the scheduling of its 2,700 students. In recent years the facilities have benefited from upgrades, including new athletic fields, a lot of new technology throughout the school, a fitness center with commercial grade weight training and cardio equipment and a spinning room with 30 new bicycles on par with those found in expensive health clubs.

Special education: The school has "collaborative team taught" (CTT) classes, where two teachers work with a group of special- and general education students.

College admissions: According to the College Office, 78 percent of graduates attend college. Many attend CUNY and SUNY schools, but some attend private colleges including Ivy League schools and other elite universities. (Laura Zingmond, November, 2005; updated July 2016)

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Number of Students 1493

Average Daily Attendance 86%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
7%

Black

  
27%

Hispanic

  
45%

White

  
21%

Free Lunch

  
68%

Special ed

  
26%

English Language Learners

  
6%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.26 2.39 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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

89% 74% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

90% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

84% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

36% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2015

How many students graduated within 4 years?

63% 69% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

7% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

69% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

16% 9% 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?

8%

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

37%

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

17%

Are students ready for college?

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

19% 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

427
424 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 495 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

54% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

432
432 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?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

53% 48% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

58% 57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners graduated within 4 years?

48% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners graduated within 6 years?

56% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

Medical Technology

Ed. Opt.

Medical Technology introduces students to the multitude of occupations and careers available in the medical and health professions; the hands-on program prepares students for college-level courses through lab experience and internships.

Institute of Business Technology, Hospitality & Entrepreneurship

Ed. Opt.

A challenging program that immerses students in a CTE instructional model preparing them for business, economics, finance, and career education through the Virtual Enterprise Program and the Hospitality and Tourism Program.

Collegiate Academy Honors Program

Screened

A challenging four-year honors program designed for students with outstanding academic ability; this program provides multiple opportunities for college-level courses, AP courses, and inquiry-based learning.

Selection Criteria

  • English (Scores 80-100) , Math (Scores 75-100) , Science (Scores 75-100) , Social Studies (Scores 75-100)
  • Math Levels: Levels 1.9-4.5 ; English Language Arts Levels: Levels 2.1-4.5

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

The Gateway Scholars Program

Screened

A competitive honors program that prepares students for college study in applied mathematics, sciences, and related professions. Students complete college-level courses in science and research opportunities, internships, and SAT/ACT prep.

Selection Criteria

  • English (Scores 75-100) , Math (Scores 75-100) , Science (Scores 78-100) , Social Studies (Scores 78-100)
  • Math Levels: Levels 2.0-4.5 ; English Language Arts Levels: Levels 2.0-4.5

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

Zoned

Zoned Guarantee

Academic Comprehensive Program

Culinary Arts

Ed. Opt.

Prepares students for career opportunities in the catering and food services industry.

Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps

Ed. Opt.

Provides students with the tools, training, and experiences required for todayÎês leadership roles. Drill courses provide the opportunity for students to participate in the National Drill Competition.

The Academy of Television, Visual and Performing Arts

Ed. Opt.

Students study various forms of the arts including television, film, radio, journalism, band, orchestra, guitar, chorus, drawing, and painting. Students are prepared for college majors and careers in all areas of the television, visual, and performing arts through a strong academic foundation and hands-on experience.

Academics

AP COURSES: AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP English, AP Environmental Science, AP Psychology, AP Statistics, AP US Government and Politics, AP World History

Source: High school directory 2015-2016

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: TV Production of Good Morning Port Richmond, Careers through Culinary Arts Program, ARISTA-NHS, Student Gov., Chess, Ping Pong, Chorus, Journalism, Theater, Field Trips, Council for Unity, Dance, Drama Club, Fashionville, Guitar Ensemble, Marching Band, Dance, International Club, JROTC, Peer Mediation/Conflict Resolution, PM School, Poetry, Gay-Straight Alliance, S!NG, Steppers Dance, Student Government, Yearbook, Anti-Bullying Presentations, Culture Clubs, Fitness, Zumba, Yoga, Cooking Club

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

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Flag Football, Gymnastics, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball

Other schools sports: Cheerleading

Source: High school directory 2015-2016

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