Hostos-Lincoln Academy of Science

An Insideschools pick

600 SAINT ANN'S AVENUE
BRONX NY 10455 Map
Phone: (718) 402-5640
Website: Click here
Admissions: Priority District 7/screened
Wheelchair accessible
Principal: NICHOLAS PAARLBERG
Neighborhood: South Bronx
District: 7
Grade range: 06 thru 12
Parent Coordinator: BASILICA SANCHEZ

Buses: BX15, BX17, BX19, BX2, BX21, BX4, BX41, BX55

What's special:

College classes and lots of emotional support

The downside:

Students must commute between college and middle school

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Hostos-Lincoln Academy of Science has long been a refuge for high-achievers from the South Bronx who are aiming for college. Just about everyone graduates with some college credit and some even graduate with an associate (two-year) degree from Hostos Community College.

The school, which serves children in grades 6-12, was originally housed on the college campus. Unfortunately, as enrollments at the college boomed, Hostos-Lincoln was forced to find new space. It is now housed in JHS 162, a middle school about one-mile away.

Most students still take classes at the community college, however, and some seniors take nearly all their academic classes there. Students return to the academy for afternoon classes as well as for tutoring, sports, music, science team, and the running club.

The move from the college campus to the middle school building has been tough. Students may no longer use the big college gym and cafeteria, and they cannot stay as late at JHS 162 as they could at the college. According to a Daily News article, police often mistake students for truants during their walk to the college. (On the plus side, JHS 162 has better windows and wider hallways.)

“The dynamic changed significantly,” said Principal Nicholas Paarlberg. “It’s harder to maintain a sense of community, a family-environment and smaller class size.”

The school is part of the Early College Initiative, a project of the City University of New York designed to better prepare low-income children for college by giving them more demanding course work beginning in middle school.

Paarlberg, a graduate of Oberlin College who taught in private schools, aims to give his students extras that are often missing in public schools. In addition to the basics, students are exposed to poetry, photography, drama and dance. Teacher John Blodgett oversees an award-winning literary magazine, in which students write movingly about teen pregnancy, addicted mothers and absent fathers. The school also has an active gay-straight alliance.

Teachers do all they can to help students through academic and social hardships. Two social workers are on hand to lend emotional support. Parents are also a priority. “For our students, the parent-teacher connection is everything,” said Paarlberg.

Paarlberg gives his staff the freedom to teach as they think best, which many teachers appreciate. However, a significant number said they would like more feedback on their teaching and a stronger managerial hand, according to the 2012 Learning Environment Survey. Several students told Insideschools they were disappointed that the courses in “health professions” promised in the high school directory did not materialize. Nonetheless, Hostos-Lincoln offers lots of emotional support and an excellent record of preparing students for college.

Special education: The school offers self-contained as well as team-teaching classes.

College: The college advisor runs seminar classes with seniors and meets with them one-on-one. Forty percent of graduates attend CUNY schools and sixty percent attend SUNY’s and privates such as NYU, Union, Amherst and Syracuse. Twenty-five percent attend two-year colleges and 75 percent attend four-year colleges. The school boasts an “extensive college counseling program. Graduates have been admitted to top-ranked schools including U. Penn., Columbia, NYU, Barnard, Lehigh, and Colgate, Paarlburg said.

Admissions: Screened. Students are ranked based on their final report card grades from the prior school year, as well as reading and math standardized test scores. Attendance and punctuality are considered. About 75 students are admitted to the middle school and 35-45 spots open up in the high school. Students are asked to write about their strengths and weaknesses and what they need to do to succeed. (Lydie Raschka, October 2012)

 

Middle InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the JHS 162 building

Number of Students 537

Average Daily Attendance 91%

Uniforms? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
4%

Black

  
21%

Hispanic

  
73%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
77%

Special ed

  
16%

English Language Learners

  
7%

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

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

53% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

49% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE KIDS NICE?

How many students complain about bullying?

65% 71% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

54% 56% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

54% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

52% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

72% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

24 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students are chronically absent?

24% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam

21% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ela exam

22% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 science exam

61% 51% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS Prep

How many 8th graders pass high school regents exams?

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

31% 19% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How do graduates do in 9th grade?

Percent who pass all their classes freshman year:

84% 84% 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 2013 math exam:

0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

0% 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:

10% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

5% 4% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:

NA 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

NA 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

Percent of ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

0% 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of former ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

10% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the JHS 162 building

Number of Students 537

Average Daily Attendance 91%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
4%

Black

  
21%

Hispanic

  
73%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
77%

Special ed

  
16%

English Language Learners

  
7%

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:

23% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Middle school students doing math at grade level:

22% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Safety & vibe

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

24 24 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

53% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

52% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

80% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

54% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

24% 34% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

75% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

95% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

80% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

28% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

98% 73% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

5% 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?

17%

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

79%

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?

33% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

427
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

82%

SAT math scores

424
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?

64% 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?

25% 44% 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?

86% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

67% 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 continuing 8th graders
  2. Then to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

Hostos-Lincoln Academy of Science

Screened

Selection Criteria

  • English (75-100) , Math (75-100) , Science (75-100) , Social Studies (75-100)
  • Math Levels: 2-4 ; English Language Arts Levels: 2-4

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

Academics

AP COURCES: Calculus AB, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Spanish Language, Statistics

Online: N/A

Language classes: Spanish

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Chess, Science Club (SMART Team), Dance, Drama, Guitar, Drums, Piano, Rock Band, Literary Magazine, National Honor Society, Newspaper, Peer Council, Student Government, Yearbook

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: N/A

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Volleyball

Other schools sports: Boys and Girls Basketball

Source: High school directory

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