East Side Community School HS 450

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An Insideschools pick for Special Education
420 EAST 12 STREET
MANHATTAN NY 10009 Map
Phone: (212) 460-8467
Website: Click here
Admissions: District 1; priority to continuing 8th-graders
Principal: MARK FEDERMAN
Neighborhood: East Village
District:1
Grade range: 6-12
Parent Coordinator: LAETITIA MINIER
Humanities & Interdisciplinary
Screened

Buses: M1, M101, M103, M14AD, M15, M15-SBS, M23, M3, M8, M9

What's special:

Longtime, dedicated principal; small classes; strong college advisory

The downside:

Old building with small gym

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

East Side Community is a vibrant and nurturing school with strong leadership, small classes and supportive programs including a well-funded college office.

It’s a neighborhood school where most students live in-district, enter in 6th grade and stay through 12th. It’s a progressive school that’s exempt from administering all but the English Regents exam and requires students to complete lots of projects and presentations. East Side has long-served a predominantly poor student body and does a good job of helping struggling learners stay engaged and on track for college. More high performing students are now choosing the school for its inclusive culture and alternative bent.

The school benefits from the steady leadership of Principal Mark Federman. Federman has worked at East Side for nearly two decades, first as a teacher, and since 2001, as its principal. He is committed to serving a range of students and creating an inclusive environment. I think it is crucial for families and students considering our school to know how committed we are to making our LGBTQ [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning] students feel safe and at home.”

East Side is a member of the Coalition of Essential Schools (CES), a national network founded by Theodore Sizer who believed that small schools that concentrate on teaching a few subjects well are more effective than large schools that teach a wide array of subjects. Instead of taking Regents exams, students demonstrate mastery of coursework through oral and written presentations. At the end of each semester students participate in roundtable discussions where they reflect on what they learned and present work for in-depth discussion with a teacher and a few classmates.

East Side students take the same range of courses as those offered at most city schools, but teachers delve more deeply into fewer topics and encourage students to be flexible thinkers and connect their work to real life situations. An 8th grade math assignment had students calculating the costs of selling t-shirts for a hypothetical fundraiser. In addition to crunching the numbers in different scenarios, students had to present their work in multiple formats such as equations and graphs.    

We saw lots of engaging work. Eighth graders were studying the play Twelve Angry Men. Groups of 10th graders were filming public service announcements on preserving clean water. In a high school law class students were arguing whether stop-and-frisk tactics violate the Fourth Amendment. In trigonometry/intermediate algebra students were learning about corporate responsibility and how math concepts are applied in business. The school partners with Facing History for the 10th grade history curriculum that emphasizes the importance of being upstanders (participants) rather than mere bystanders of societal events.  

Students showcase their artwork in East Side’s own gallery. Middle school students take classes in chess and may join the chess team. Students can learn Spanish and French in traditional classes or study other languages online through Rosetta Stone.

Classes are small, with 16-20 students in middle school and 20-24 in high school. In grades 6-10, students start each day with a double period of English, with the first 30 minutes dedicated to independent reading. Daily advisories help teachers keep tabs on students’ social and academic concerns. Teachers offer extra help during free periods, before and after school and some high school students help out in middle school classes.

There are no honors classes, instead, high school students can take Advanced Placement and College Now classes. Middle school students can “contract for honors”, where they take on challenging assignments in addition to their regular coursework. Students receive an honors designation on their transcript for each class that they complete the additional work.

The school occupies four floors of a massive, red brick building in the East Village and shares the facilities with Girls Preparatory Charter School. The building is maintained nicely, but is old with a traditional, outdoor yard and a small gym.

After school: The Beacon Program, a city-run youth service program, and the school, offer activities such as dance, rock band, robotics, chess, skateboarding, journalism, Wall Street Wizards, Model U.N., and gay-straight alliance. Students help maintain a community garden next door. Middle school students can take select high school courses after school. East Side fields both middle and high school sports teams.

Special education: There are both self-contained and ICT (Integrated Collaborative Teaching) classes.

College admissions: The school partners with the Young Women’s Leadership Network’s College Bound Initiative (CBI), which places full-time college counselors in high-needs schools. East Side’s college advisory program sponsors trips to colleges, college awareness programs beginning in 6th grade and offers individual support for students and parents with college and financial aid applications. Graduates attend a range of schools from CUNY and SUNY colleges to private universities.

Admissions: For middle school, priority goes to District 1 students. The school requires an interview and considers each applicant's grades, test scores, attendance and lateness record. For high school, priority to continuing 8th graders. Applicants are screened for solid grades (minimum of 80 in core academic subjects), test scores and good attendance. (Laura Zingmond, May 2012)

Middle InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 649

Average Daily Attendance 93%

Uniforms? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
10%

Black

  
23%

Hispanic

  
57%

White

  
9%

Free Lunch

  
73%

Special ed

  
27%

English Language Learners

  
2%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.89 2.80 CITYWIDE AVERAGE


1 = Far below grade level 2 = Below grade level 3 = At grade level 4 = Above grade level

Safety & vibe

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

78% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students say this school offers enough programs to keep them interested?

89% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE KIDS NICE?

How many students complain about bullying?

52% 71% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students say students at their school respect one another?

75% 57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

100% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

100% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

20 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students are chronically absent?

16% 24% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 math exam

37% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ela exam

36% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 science exam

69% 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS Prep

How many 8th graders pass high school regents exams?

Percent of 8th graders who take and pass the algebra regents:

0% 21% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 8th graders who take and pass a science regents:

0% 14% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How do graduates do in 9th grade?

Percent who pass all their classes freshman year:

94% 85% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 math exam:

5% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ELA exam:

0% 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 math exam:

4% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ELA exam:

11% 4% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 math exam:

36% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ELA exam:

36% 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

Percent of ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ELA exam:

NA 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of former ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ELA exam:

NA 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 649

Average Daily Attendance 93%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
10%

Black

  
23%

Hispanic

  
57%

White

  
9%

Free Lunch

  
73%

Special ed

  
27%

English Language Learners

  
2%

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

Middle school students reading at grade level:

28% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Middle school students doing math at grade level:

32% 24% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Safety & vibe

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

26 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

78% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

100% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

92% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

100% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

16% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

76% 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

81% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

73% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

84% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

13% 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?

5%

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

12%

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

NA

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?

53% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

422
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

64%

SAT math scores

441
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?

79% 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?

44% 45% 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?

90% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

98% 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 continuing 8th graders
  2. Then to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

East Side Community

Screened

Portfolios and roundtable presentations.

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

Academics

AP COURCES: Calculus AB, English Literature and Composition

Online: N/A

Language classes: N/A

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: After-School Tutoring, Art Portfolio Classes, Chess Team, I Challenge Myself Bicycling Program, Dance, Environmental Committee, Gay/Straight Alliance, Graphic Novel Club, Hip-Hop Beat Making & Rhyming, Model UN, School Newspaper, Peer Tutoring, Principal's Book Club, Rock Band Program, SAT Prep Classes, Scholars Program, School Newspaper, Skateboarding PE Classes, Student Council, Choir, Travel Club, Volleyball, Wall Street Wizards, Saturday Photography Program

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball, Soccer

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Soccer, Softball

Other schools sports: Basketball, Bicycling, Fitness, Flag Football, Indoor Soccer, Running, Skateboarding, Softball, Volleyball

Source: High school directory

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