The College Academy

549 AUDUBON AVENUE
MANHATTAN NY 10040 Map
Phone: (212) 927-1841
Website: Click here
Admissions: Educational option
Principal: Peter Sloman
Neighborhood: Washington Heights
District:6
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: MINERVA SANTIAGO
Humanities & Interdisciplinary
Wheelchair Accessible

Buses: BX18, BX40, BX7, M101, M3, M4

What's special:

Students create their own mock businesses.

The downside:

Metal detectors.

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Housed in the George Washington High School complex, the College Academy offer students a chance to create their own mock business as part of the Virtual Enterprise program. The school has a dress code of white or light blue shirt and navy or black pants.

Formerly called the High School for International Business and Finance, the school’s name was changed in 2010. The same year, Principal Juan Alvarez was removed after he tackled a student, Gotham Schools reported. A new principal, Peter Slocum, did not respond to Insideschools’ request to visit in 2011.

The school has above average attendance and a graduation rate that is slightly above the citywide average, even though more than one-third of the students are new immigrants and most students enter 9th grade with reading skills that are well below grade level. Most teachers say the principal is an effective manager, according to the Learning Environment Survey.

The campus has a well-kept track and football field. Sports include boys’ baseball, basketball, and football; and girls’ basketball, soccer softball and soccer.

Students say there are sometimes physical fights in the school. While most say they feel safe in class, some complain about incidents on school property outside the school, according to the survey. Students must pass through metal detectors.

Admissions: Students are admitted according to the educational option formula designed to ensure a mix of low, average and high achieving students. (Clara Hemphill, DOE statistics, March 2012)

InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

George Washington Educational Campus

Number of Students 546

Average Daily Attendance 87%

Uniforms? Yes

Metal detectors? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
0%

Black

  
6%

Hispanic

  
92%

White

  
2%

Free Lunch

  
93%

Special ed

  
18%

English Language Learners

  
49%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.60 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

22 24 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

71% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

94% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

84% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

88% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

36% 34% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

64% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

77% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

59% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

80% 73% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

15% 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?

4%

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

7%

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

9%

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?

12% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

368
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

61%

SAT math scores

366
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% 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?

16% 44% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

11% 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

45% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

94% 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. Priority to District 6 students or residents
  2. Then to Manhattan students or residents
  3. Then to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

International Business

Ed. Opt.

Business simulation program that allows students to operate their own virtual business on a global scale. Many students attend college through this program and are placed in firms throughout New York City for paid internships and mentoring.

Academics

AP COURCES: Biology, English Language and Composition, Spanish Language, United States History

Online: N/A

Language classes: English, Spanish

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: After-school Tutoring, Clubs, Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC), Rowing, Saturday School, Theater, Yearbook, Yoga

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball & JV Baseball, Basketball & JV Basketball, Football & JV Football, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball, Wrestling

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Indoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball

Other schools sports: Baseball, Football, Soccer, Swimming, Volleyball

Source: High school directory

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