Central Park East High School

An Insideschools pick

An Insideschools pick for Special Education

1573 MADISON AVENUE
MANHATTAN NY 10029 Map
Phone: (212) 860-5929
Website: Click here
Admissions: Citywide/screened
Principal: BENNETT LIEBERMAN
Neighborhood: East Harlem
District: 4
Grade range: 09 thru 12
Parent Coordinator: SHERRY LISBON

Buses: M1, M101, M102, M106, M15, M15-SBS, M2, M3, M96, M98

What's special:

New track field, football team, good college office

The downside:

No lockers

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Central Park East High School offers small classes, an emphasis on writing, and a full-time college counselor who has helped students get into some top colleges. The school has more sports teams than are typically offered at a small school, including a football team made up to students from a number of high schools in northern Manhattan. It has a beautiful outdoor track, part of a $1.8 million renovation of the playground shared by other schools in the building.

The high school, occupying the basement, the ground floor, and part of the third floor of the Jackie Robinson Education Complex, successfully integrates students receiving special education services into regular classes, many of which have two teachers. Classes typically have 23 students, and the small class size allows teachers to focus on improving students' writing. Class trips help bring the curriculum to life. For example, students visited the Cathedral of St. John the Divine as part of their study of the architecture and religion of the Middle Ages.

Principal Bennett Lieberman encourages teachers to plan lessons together, so, for example, all teachers instruct their students how to take notes in the same way. One of the problems students encounter when adjusting to high school, he says, is having "seven different teachers with seven different sets of expectations." The joint planning makes the transition to ninth grade easier, he says.

In 2012, the school won a $250,000 grant to better prepare black and Latino boys for college. Lieberman said the three-year city grant, called the Expanded Success Initiative, will be used to revamp the math and English curriculum using a program called Springboard, designed to better prepare students for Advanced Placement classes.

Central Park East Secondary School was founded by the celebrated progressive educator, Debbie Meier in 1985, but after Meier left New York for Boston in 1996, the school suffered from rapid teacher turnover, low staff morale and low levels of student achievement. Under Lieberman’s leadership, the school has rebounded but with a traditional bent. The Central Park East Elementary School, also in the building, retains its Meier-era philosophy and tone.

The school has a full time college counselor and graduates have been admitted to Syracuse University, Barnard, New York University and Cornell, Lieberman said. A downside: no lockers.

After school: Sports teams include boys and girls basketball, boys and girls volleyball, coed track and field, girls softball, boys baseball and boys football. There is also a golf club and a cheerleading team. The PSAL teams, known as East Harlem Pride, include students from two other East Harlem high schools, Park East and Heritage. That's why we are able to offer so many more sports than most small schools," says Lieberman. The football team also includes students from other schools in northern Manhattan, he said.

Special education: The school is committed to integrating students with special needs in general education classes. Classroom teachers have different expectations (and different homework assignments) depending on different children's strengths and weaknesses. Teachers strive to support children who struggle while challenging those who are more able. "The teachers are really, really flexible," Lieberman said. There are collaborative team-teaching (CTT) classes, with two teachers, one a special education specialist, for all grades and all subjects. At-risk students are assigned to a "mentor teacher" who makes sure they receive all the services to which they are entitled. "We've really embraced special education," Lieberman said.

Admissions: Open houses are scheduled every fall. Students may apply from anywhere in New York City. Admission is screened, and preference is given to children with a good attendance record and grades above 75. "One of our big goals has been to recruit student athletes," Lieberman said. (Clara Hemphill, February 2010, updated June 2012)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the IS 13 building

Number of Students 479

Average Daily Attendance 94%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
5%

Black

  
25%

Hispanic

  
66%

White

  
3%

Free Lunch

  
90%

Special ed

  
14%

English Language Learners

  
3%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 3.00 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

30 24 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

69% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

100% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

95% 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?

16% 34% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

93% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

87% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

85% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

8% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

74% 73% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

2% 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?

24%

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

38%

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

35%

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?

54% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

426
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2009 freshmen graduated in four years and enrolled in college?

71%

SAT math scores

444
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?

89% 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?

67% 44% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

70% 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

97% 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

Programs and Admissions

School admission priorities:

  1. Open to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

Central Park East

Screened

Selection Criteria

  • English (75-100) , Math (75-100) , Science (75-100) , Social Studies (75-100)

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

Academics

AP COURCES: Calculus AB, Economics: Micro, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, United States History

Online: N/A

Language classes: Spanish

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: College Summit Peer Leaders, Student Council, Step-Up Program, Internships, Peer Tutoring Program, Girls, Inc., Robotics Team, National Honor Society, Young Audiences of NY Arts Program (Choir, Dance, Improv Theatre), The Madison Times School Newspaper, Community Service, Poetry Club, Science Lab Tech, Double Discovery, Minds Matter, Opportunity Network, Sponsors for Educational Opportunity Scholars Program, High School Law Institute, East Harlem Tutorial Program, Search and Care Community Service

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball, Football, JV Football, Volleyball, Wrestling

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Golf, Softball, Volleyball

Other schools sports: Cheerleading Squad, Intramural Soccer, Weightlifting

Source: High school directory

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