Academy for Health Careers

150 ALBANY AVENUE
BROOKLYN NY 11213 Map
Phone: (718) 773-0128
Website: Click here
Admissions: Brooklyn priority
Principal: Deonne Martin
Neighborhood: Crown Heights
District:17
Grade range: 9-12
Health Professions
Vocational

Buses: B15, B25, B26, B43, B44, B45, B46, B65

What's special:

A safe haven with good health career facilities

The downside:

Too early to know if the CTE focus will work

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

 The Academy for Health Careers aspires to prepare students for jobs in medical support services--one of the fastest growing job sectors, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Armed with a strong foundation in health studies, graduates may then pursue professional certification or a higher degree on their path to become, for example, emergency medical technicians (EMTs), x-ray technicians or administrators in health information billing and coding.

The school got off to a rocky start in 2010 when its plans to open in the place of Maxwell High School in East New York were halted due to a union lawsuit. Health Careers was shifted to an office building in District 13 for a year, before finally moving to the fourth floor of Paul Robeson in Crown Heights in September 2011.

In its new location, Health Careers has the facilities that it needs to fulfill its mission of preparing kids for health-related professions. In addition to a gym, cafeteria, library, and computer and science lab, the school also has a medical facility room where students get hands-on experience with various elements of healthcare, from learning to take a patient’s vitals to studying blood samples under a microscope. A simulated ambulance offers further preparation for students aiming to become emergency medical technicians.

In each grade, students focus on a different health-related topic: Ninth graders get an overview of the healthcare system, 10th graders tackle emergency medicine, 11th graders focus on hospital patient care, and 12th graders explore biomedical technology. During the school year, students have the opportunity to take field trips to hospitals and other health-related sites. A partnership with Stonybrook University Hospital brings expertise from the field into the school.

The 2011-2012 Learning Environment Survey reflects improvements in the school’s learning conditions since its move in 2011. Over 80 percent of teachers and students said they feel safe at the school, although nearly one-third have concerns about safety outside the building. The relationship between Principal Deonne Martin and her staff appears strong with the majority of teachers citing her as an effective manager who keeps the school running smoothly. Still, more than one-third of teachers had concerns about order and discipline.

Special education: Students with special needs comprise 15 percent of the student body and learn alongside their general education peers. The school offers speech, counseling and Special Ed. Teacher Support Services (SETSS), although three positions for occupational therapy and one for physical therapy remain unfilled as of the 2011-12 Special Education Service Delivery Report.

College: There are currently no Advanced Placement or College Now classes offered. There is a guidance counselor who is responsible for helping students with the college application process. The school’s first graduating class will matriculate in 2014.

 Admission: Priority is given to Brooklyn students or residents who attend an information session. (Mimi Sabo, DOE statistics, November 2012)

 

 

 

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

Paul Robeson Educational Campus

Number of Students 314

Average Daily Attendance 86%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
3%

Black

  
87%

Hispanic

  
8%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
92%

Special ed

  
16%

English Language Learners

  
3%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.70 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

25 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

49% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

85% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

70% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

75% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

35% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of

How many -4 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

NA 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many -6 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?

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?

74% 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?

100% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 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 Brooklyn students or residents who attend an information session
  2. Then to New York City residents who attend an information session
  3. Then to Brooklyn students or residents
  4. Then to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

Academy for Health Careers

Limited Unscreened

Academics

AP COURSES: N/A

Online: N/A

Language classes: Spanish

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: After-school Tutoring, Chess, Community Service, Creative Arts, Homework Center, Instrumental Music, Newspaper, Peer Mediation, Peer Tutoring, Performing Arts, Student Government

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball & JV Basketball, Cross Country, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Tennis

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Cross Country, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track

Other schools sports: N/A

Source: High school directory

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