The High School for Language and Diplomacy

40 IRVING PLACE
MANHATTAN NY 10003 Map
Phone: (212) 253-2480
Website: Click here
Admissions: Citywide
Principal: Amber Najmi Shadid
Neighborhood: Gramercy Park
District:2
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: DIANE SCHINDLER
Humanities & Interdisciplinary
Citywide

Buses: M1, M101, M103, M14AD, M15, M2, M23, M3, M34A-SBS, M5, M8, M9

What's special:

International trips; extensive language instruction.

The downside:

Too soon to say whether school will succeed.

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

The High School of Language and Diplomacy is designed to offer students four years of Chinese, French or Arabic; to give them a chance to travel abroad; and to introduce them to activities such as Model United Nations. In its first year, several dozen students traveled to Istanbul for a 10-day trip. The school is planning student exchanges with sister schools in India and China.

The High School for Language and Diplomacy is a partnership between the city Department of Education and the Asia Society, which has sponsored a network of high schools to foster international relations. The school opened with a ninth grade class in 2009 on the sixth floor of Washington Irving High School, a cavernous building that also houses Gramercy Arts. As the small school grows, it plans to move to a more permanent location on another floor. At the time of our visit, the halls were bare, apparently because teachers didn’t want to decorate temporary quarters. The school felt new, and it is too soon to say whether it will succeed. Still, classes were filled with engaged and interested students. In both French and Chinese classes, students were speaking the language—not working on worksheets or chatting in English. Principal Santiago Mayol seemed passionate and enthusiastic as he walked into classes, sitting next to students to help them individually.

The first period, “Embassy Program,” includes advisory, Model UN preparations, cultural diplomacy and college prep. Students have the same Embassy Program teacher for four years. Wednesdays are elective days and students take only elective classes, including human geography, psychology, photography and academic help, if needed, then finish the day at 1:05. “The philosophy is not, ‘Let’s get you to pass the test,’ but let’s prepare you for life,” Mayol said. “Students stay afterschool and they come early. It sets the tone that this is [their] space.”

The new school had a rocky first year. The founding principal, responsible for designing the school, left in August 2009, just before the school opened. Staff complained that Mayol, who replaced him, did not make his expectations clear and that order and discipline were uneven, according to DOE surveys. There was a significant amount of teacher turnover the first year, but Mayol was confident the school was on the upswing.

Special education: The school offers integrated Collaborative Team Teaching classes and additional studio classes for English and math, designed to target specific skills. Classes are scheduled in free periods before or after the normal school day and are required for some students but open to all who are interested.

Admissions: Priority to those who attend a school fair. Prospective students are encouraged to visit and sit in on a class. (Aryn Bloodworth, October 2010)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

Washington Irving Educational Campus

Number of Students 358

Average Daily Attendance 83%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
34%

Black

  
19%

Hispanic

  
41%

White

  
4%

Free Lunch

  
87%

Special ed

  
18%

English Language Learners

  
16%

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

Safety & vibe

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

24 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

58% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

89% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

81% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

82% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

42% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

67% 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

NA 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many -4 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

NA 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many -6 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

NA 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

NA 11% 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?

12%

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

30%

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?

35% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

406
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA

SAT math scores

493
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?

68% 76% 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 45% 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?

98% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

76% 89% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners starting school in 2008 graduated within 4 years?

40% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners starting school in 2006 graduated within 6 years?

58% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

School admission priorities:

  1. Priority to Manhattan students or residents who attend an information session
  2. Then to New York City residents who attend an information session
  3. Then to Manhattan students or residents
  4. Then to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

High School for Language and Diplomacy

Limited Unscreened

Academics

AP COURSES: English Language and Composition, Government and Politics: Comparative, Human Geography

Online: N/A

Language classes: American Sign Language, Chinese (Mandarin), French, Japanese

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Anime Club, Book Club, Chess, Embassy Program, Freedom Ride Program, Japanese, Journalism, Language Exchange Program, Model United Nations (MUN), Peer Mediation, Saturday Seminars, Service Club, Student Government, Tech Squad, Tutoring; as we expand, we plan to offer opportunities for student art, music, and digital photography

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Handball, Soccer, Volleyball & JV Volleyball

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Volleyball

Other schools sports: As we expand, we plan to offer PSAL and Intramural Sports, including Martial Arts.

Source: High school directory

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