Gregorio Luperon High School for Science and Mathematics

An Insideschools pick
501 WEST 165TH
MANHATTAN NY 10032 Map
Phone: (212) 928-1202
Website: Click here
Admissions: Spanish-speaking new immigrants; Manhattan priority
Principal: JUAN VILLAR
Neighborhood: Washington Heights
District:6
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: JESSICA RIOS JONES
Science & Math

Buses: BX6, BX7, M100, M101, M2, M3, M4, M5

What's special:

A beautiful building; students feel inspired to learn

The downside:

Many students with low skills need to catch up

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Founded in 1994 to serve Spanish-speaking students who are new to this country, Gregorio Luperon is a safe and welcoming school where students feel inspired to learn.

In 2008 the school moved to a new building in the heart of Washington Heights [see photo]. Flooded with light and cheery colors, the school boasts science labs, a large gym, and a library with good-sized worktables, computers and windows overlooking trees and a church with a round stained-glass window.

By the time students graduate, the goal is that each be able to speak fluently in both English and Spanish. When they first arrive, most are behind in academics for their age, according to the Department of Education. "There is a lack of preparation across the board," the principal told us on our 2008 visit to the school. "Many of them do not know how to read or write properly in Spanish."

In their first year, students take Regents exams in Spanish, but by 10th grade they are expected to take most of their state exams in English. Advanced classes are offered in Spanish, Spanish Literature, Music and biology. Top students may take college classes. Extra help is available after school and on Saturdays in science, math, English and social studies, along with Regents test preparation.

Lessons expand beyond the classroom when teens take trips to museums in New York City, and explore U.S. history by visiting Philadelphia and Washington D.C. Government teacher Saulio Tuero created a bilingual unit called "Social Justice & Latinos in NYC: 1913-2013," using articles from the century-old newspaper El Diario. At the end of the unit students create a newspaper of their own according to a Gotham Schools article.

SAT reading and math scores, which are needed to gain entrance to most colleges, are below the citywide average. However, the school does a better than average job of helping kids graduate from high school in six years.

School surveys show that teens feel safe and their teachers inspire to learn. The school tries to support families by offering classes and discussion groups.

After school activities include student council, journalism, student government, yoga, karate, HIV/AIDS awareness, drama, video production and peer mediation. There is a baseball team for boys and a volleyball team for girls.

The school has ties with local organizations, including the Washington-Heights Inwood Coalition, which plans events such as poetry writing with seniors; Dominicans 2000, an award-winning college prep program; and an arts program called Working Playground.

Admissions: Priority to Spanish-speaking Manhattan residents who have lived in the US for fewer than two years. (Lindsey Whitton Christ, September 2008; Lydie Raschka, updated with DOE data and web reports, November 2013)

InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 491

Average Daily Attendance 90%

Uniforms? Yes

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
0%

Black

  
0%

Hispanic

  
100%

White

  
0%

Free Lunch

  
93%

Special ed

  
1%

English Language Learners

  
84%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.30 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

29 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

89% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

75% 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?

23% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

64% 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

84% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

79% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

8% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

88% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

14% 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?

47%

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

3%

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

21%

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?

11% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

342
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

69%

SAT math scores

368
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?

80% 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?

NA 45% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

79% 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. Open only to New York City residents who have lived in the United States two years or fewer and whose home language is Spanish
  2. Priority to Manhattan students or residents who have lived in the United States two years or fewer and whose home language is Spanish
  3. Then to Bronx students or residents who have lived in the United States two years or fewer and whose home language is Spanish
  4. Then to New York City residents who have lived in the United States two years or fewer and whose home language is Spanish

Source: High school directory

Bilingual Spanish Science & Mathematics

Screened: Language & Academics

Students are required to take a 4‐year sequence in mathematics and science. Open only to those students whose home language is Spanish and have lived in the United States two years or fewer.

Selection Criteria

  • English (80-100) , Math (80-100) , Science (80-100) , Social Studies (80-100)

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

Academics

AP COURCES: Biology, Calculus AB, Chemistry, Music Theory, Physics B, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature

Online: N/A

Language classes: French, Italian, Spanish

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: After-school Tutoring and Saturday Academy, Chorus, Dance, Drama, Holland Students Exchange Program, Junior and Senior Council, LEAD, Math Team, SAT Prep, School Leadership Team, Student Government, Students with Interrupted Formal Education (SIFE) Extended Day Program, Technology, Video, Vocal/Music, Yearbook, Yoga

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball, Volleyball

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Volleyball

Other schools sports: N/A

Source: High school directory

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