The Renaissance Charter High School for Innovation

410 EAST 100 STREET
MANHATTAN NY 10029 Map
Phone: (212) 722-5871
Website: Click here
Admissions: Lottery; priority District 4
Principal: Nicholas Tishuk
Neighborhood: East Harlem
District: 4
Grade range: 9-12
Charter School

What's special:

Hands-on learning and field trips

The downside:

The progressive approach may not be for everyone

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Renaissance Charter High School for Innovation is an unapologetically progressive high school run by an idealistic young educator who seeks to instill pride and competence in urban teens.

At some charter schools kids spend the greater part of the day their seats, in uniforms, and silent in the halls. At Innovation there there are no bells, no uniforms and no hallway passes. Teachers helps teens develop year-long projects they are passionate about and take them out and about in the city, exposing them to art, history, politics and ecology.

It is modeled after the popular K-12 Renaissance Charter School in Queens, which values experimentation and "learning by doing." Daily college preparation classes are also a feature of Renaissance schools. In their classes, students may learn about chemistry using Legos or create an educational video. In 2013 Renaissance Innovation won a grant to participate in a software engineering pilot program.

The school opened in 2010 in a building occupied by Manhattan East and the Academy of Environmental Science. The day is from 9 am to 4 pm, but students are invited to stay until 6 pm to receive homework help in the Writing Center. Teachers keep track of student progress, attendance and homework with an online tracking system.

Classes are suspended twice a year for week-long enrichment projects and field trips based on themes like fashion, democracy, urban ecology or journalism. A group called "learning English through social justice" volunteers in a soup kitchen; an engineering group creates Rube Goldberg-like machines and soda-powered rockets.

[In January 2014, school founders Nicholas Tishuk and his wife Rita  left the school. In a Jan. 7, 2014 letter sent to friends and staff, they cited undisclosed actions by the school's board of trustees.]  Mr. Tishuk was only 31 years old when the couple opened this rare stand-alone charter high school in a poorer part of the city, admitting kids with skills as low as 4th or 5th grade level. They recruited and embraced students with a high level of need: over 30 percent are of the students have special needs compared with 11 percent citywide. These students are mixed into general education classes with at least two teachers. 

Tishuk identifies with his East Harlem students because he grew up poor, in Florida, the child of a single mother who was a waitress, according to an article in DNAinfo. He held various roles for six years at the original Renaissance Charter School and prior to that he was 11th grade English teacher at a high school in Bedford-Stuyvesant. 

Feedback from the Innovations community is mixed: parents feel welcome and most students feel challenged and engaged, but some teachers would like more feedback and better management from the administration.

After school offerings include recording arts, poetry club, basketball, and visionaries collective, an art and design class.

Admissions: Lottery with priority to District 4 families. Application must be received by April 1. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, November 2013)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the building with MS 224 and Success Academy Harlem 3

Number of Students 435

Average Daily Attendance 92%

Uniforms? NA

Metal detectors? NA

Students at this school

Asian

  
1%

Black

  
39%

Hispanic

  
58%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
82%

Special ed

  
36%

English Language Learners

  
7%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.50 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

NA 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

60% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

53% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

82% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

18% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

NA 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many students graduated within 4 years?

NA 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

NA 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many students graduated within 4 years?

NA 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

NA 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 62% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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?

78% 76% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

NA 45% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

NA 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

68% 89% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners graduated within 4 years?

40% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners graduated within 6 years?

58% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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