A. Philip Randolph Campus High School

443 WEST 135 STREET
MANHATTAN NY 10031 Map
Phone: (212) 926-0113
Website: Click here
Admissions: educational option/selective
Wheelchair accessible
selective
Principal: David Fanning
Neighborhood: Harlem
District: 6
Grade range: 09 thru 12
Parent Coordinator: ANA CRUZ

Buses: BX15, BX19, BX33, M10, M100, M101, M104, M11, M2, M3, M4, M5

What's special:

Competitive medical and engineering programs; landmark gothic structure housed on City College campus.

The downside:

No outdoor space; large class sizes

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

A. Philip Randolph Campus High School offers a college-prep curriculum with opportunities for in-depth study in medicine, engineering or the humanities. The high school earned a black eye in 2010 following accusations that students were illicitly earning credits, but the spirits of teachers and students have been steadily improving since a new principal came in. Administrators are dedicated to restoring the school's reputation, improving its academic focus and rebuilding ties with City College.

"It's an exciting time for this school, in that we're getting back to what we were meant to be doing," said Randolph Principal David Fanning, a jovial educator who arrived in December 2011 and is earning praise for overseeing Randolph's rebound. Today, Randolph represents a "safe, rigorous choice for a college preparatory school, and I'm proud of that," Fanning said.

Randolph opened in 1979 inside what had long been home to the High School of Music and Art (now named LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and the Performing Arts). The tower-topped gothic structure, built in 1924 as a teachers college, features classrooms with high ceilings and ample natural light. The gym, auditorium, library and top-floor music room retain original ornate touches, but the school also has a health clinic, computer labs, a modern cafeteria and other updates. Randolph has no outdoor space, but it sits across the street from leafy St. Nicholas Park and is within the boundaries of City College of New York, which partners with the high school to offer seminars and college-level courses. "Everything you need for success is here," Fanning boasts, including a location where students can "really get a pre-college experience."

Eighth-graders hoping to enroll at Randolph apply to one of three academies. The Academy of Medicine, designed to let students explore careers in health care, requires students to take courses such as anatomy and physiology, sports medicine and science research. Top graduates in the Academy of Medicine "have a really good shot" at going to medical school, Fanning said, although most steer toward nursing, radiology or other medical fields. The Academy of Engineering offers courses in mechanical drawing, robotics and other technical subjects. The Academy of the Humanities offers liberal arts courses with a focus on writing, literature and history. Randolph's graduates typically go on to SUNY and CUNY colleges.

During our visit, we observed examples of typical adolescent antipathy: Shuffling students had to be hurried along to class or told to remove caps or hoodies, and one raucous bunch of freshmen paid little heed to their music teacher's calls for quiet. But the mood in most classrooms was generally positive. Teachers typically kept order, and students' hands shot up to answer questions. Once-bare hallways were starting to get colorful murals or informational displays, and extra-curriculars like student government were increasing in popularity. Several teachers who had quit were asking to return.

"Problems that take a long time to create take a long time to go away," Fanning said. In 2010, students at Randolph were found to be illicitly earning recovery credits, which artificially boosted the school's graduation rate. When we visited in 2012, many juniors and seniors were still deficient in credits, a fact that forced Fanning to limit electives in favor of expanding core subjects. Class size averaged 34 students.

Still, Fanning's refreshing openness and accessibility ("I make a point of being out and about," he said) and his back-to-fundamentals approach have earned him wide praise. "The overall tone is much better. The faculty and student morale is much better," said Nicole McShall, the teachers' union rep and also the dean of the Academy of Medicine.

Students we spoke to agreed they were seeing improvements. "The nerds have taken over the building," said Rebecca, a 17-year-old standout senior in the Academy of Medicine. Disinterested students used to disrespect smart kids, Rebecca said, "but now, they ask for help from the nerds," and student-to-student tutoring is popular. Likewise, teachers used to resist students' requests for extra help, but "the amount of help we get is so much better now," she said.

After school: Randolph features 22 varsity and junior varsity sports teams, including basketball, baseball, track, volleyball, swimming, lacrosse, wrestling and bowling. Teams often play or practice at nearby parks.

Special education: Self-contained "portfolio assessment" classes are available for students with severe disabilities. Most students with special needs get extra assistance through Special Education Teacher Support Services, or SETTS.

Admissions: The school considers test scores, grades, attendance and discipline records. Admission to the Academy of Medicine requires the best grades. "If a student really wants to come to Randolph, list us first and focus on doing well on those math and English tests," Fanning advised. (Skip Card, November 2012)

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 1360

Average Daily Attendance 89%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
5%

Black

  
32%

Hispanic

  
61%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
80%

Special ed

  
10%

English Language Learners

  
5%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 3.10 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

32 24 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

85% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

90% 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?

70% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

31% 34% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

73% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

85% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

70% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

19% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

85% 73% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

7% 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?

11%

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

26%

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

26%

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

433
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

74%

SAT math scores

454
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?

90% 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?

17% 44% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

44% 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

38% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

91% 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

The Academy of the Humanities

Screened

The Academy of the Humanities offers students the opportunity to explore the liberal arts as they prepare for entry to a competitive college or university. Students enrolled in the Academy of the Humanities take courses such as Introduction to the Humanities, Multicultural Studies, The language of argument, reading and writing New York, Dystopian Novels, AP US History, AP English Composition, and AP English Literature.

Selection Criteria

  • English (80-100) , Math (80-100) , Science (80-100) , Social Studies (80-100)
  • Math Levels: 3-4 ; English Language Arts Levels: 3-4

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

The Academy of Engineering

Screened

The Academy of Engineering offers students the opportunity to explore careers in Engineering. Students enrolled in the Academy of Engineering take courses as part of the national Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curriculum which is taught at America’s top secondary schools for engineering. More information about the PLTW program can be found at www.pltw.org.

Selection Criteria

  • English (80-100) , Math (80-100) , Science (80-100) , Social Studies (80-100)
  • Math Levels: 3-4 ; English Language Arts Levels: 3-4

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

The Academy of Medicine

Screened

The Academy of Medicine offers students the opportunity to explore careers in the health professions. Students enrolled in the Academy of Medicine take courses such as Introduction to Health Careers, Anatomy and Physiology, Sports Medicine, and Science Research. Students enrolled in the Academy of Medicine are also offered the opportunity to apply for membership in the prestigious Gateway to Medicine honors program through CCNY which offers several exclusive college preparatory, internships, and enrichment experiences. Students in the Gateway program are also offered exclusive enrichment opportunities with the Sophie Davis School of Medicine located within CCNY.

Selection Criteria

  • English (80-100) , Math (80-100) , Science (80-100) , Social Studies (80-100)
  • Math Levels: 3-4 ; English Language Arts Levels: 3-4

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

Academic Professions

Ed. Opt.

Liberal arts curriculum. Electives are offered in all subject areas, including technology.

Academics

AP COURCES: Biology, Calculus AB, Computer Science A, Economics: Macro, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Physics B, Psychology, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, United States History, World History

Online: N/A

Language classes: French, Spanish

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: National Honor Society, National Society for Black Engineers (NSBE), College for Every Student (CFES), College and Career Preparatory Institute (CCPI), Gateway to Medicine, Debate Team, Peer Mediation Program, Student Government

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball & JV Baseball, Basketball & JV Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Indoor Track, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Swimming, Volleyball

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball & JV Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Indoor Track, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball & JV Volleyball

Other schools sports: Cheerleading

Source: High school directory

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