Emma Lazarus High School

100 HESTER STREET
MANHATTAN NY 10002 Map
Phone: (212) 925-5017
Admissions: Citywide, ages 16-20
Principal: MELODY KELLOGG
Neighborhood: Lower East Side/ Chinatown
District:2
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: JILLIAN RAMOS
Transfer Alternative
Citywide

What's special:

Supportive environment for English Language Learners.

The downside:

Limited sports, art and music.

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

The Emma Lazarus High School offers small classes and a supportive environment for older students who are new to this country and still learning English. Most classes are taught in English, but many of the staff speak other languages. Many teachers are trained to teach English as a Second Language (ESAL) as well as history, science or math. Many teachers have taught outside of the United States.

"We have 18 languages spoken here," Principal Melody Kellogg said on our visit. The top three are Chinese Mandarin and Cantonese and Spanish. Students with different native languages are grouped together in class to encourage them to speak English. In a U.S. history class, Fulani-, French-, and Chinese-speakers discussed federalism and the U.S. Constitution. Most students in the class had been in the country less than 10 months. Many of the students have had low levels of education in their home countries, and face financial hardships as they adjust to life in the United States.

The transfer school shares a building with Pace High School and MS 131. Opened in 2009, Emma Lazarus has a young and dedicated staff and a safe and disciplined atmosphere. Attendance is high, and staffers check in with any student who is absent. In addition to their regular high school courses, students have a triple-period of ESL once a week. The classes we visited seemed to have a good mix of conversational English, grammar, and exercises in writing. Students seemed animated and engaged.

The school offers various internships and career exploration with the New York City Mission Society. After school activities such as yoga, dance class and henna workshops encourage community building and cultural exploration. However, sports, art and music are limited.

Admissions: The school accepts English Language Learners who are at least 16 years old. (Cassandra Lizaire, November 2010)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the MS 131 Building

Number of Students 221

Average Daily Attendance 93%

Uniforms? NA

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
64%

Black

  
8%

Hispanic

  
21%

White

  
7%

Free Lunch

  
96%

Special ed

  
0%

English Language Learners

  
88%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: NA 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

27 24 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

89% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

89% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

98% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

100% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

18% 34% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2012

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

49% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

75% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many -4 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

NA 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

39% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many -6 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

NA 73% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

19% 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?

0%

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

NA

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

NA

Are students ready for college?

How many -4 freshmen graduated in four years with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?

NA 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

NA
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

How many 0 freshmen graduated in four years and enrolled in college?

NA

SAT math scores

NA
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?

91% 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?

NA 44% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

79% 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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