Samuel Gompers Career and Technical Education High School

455 SOUTHERN BLVD
BRONX NY 10455 Map
Phone: (718) 665-0950
Website: Click here
Admissions: no new admits
Wheelchair accessible
vocational
Principal: JOYCE MILLS KITTRELL
Neighborhood: South Bronx
District: 7
Grade range: 09 thru 12
Parent Coordinator: SANDRA GENEROSO

What's special:

Beautiful architecture

The downside:

Tough neighborhood, school closing because of poor performance

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

The Department of Education has decided to close Samuel Gompers Career and Technical High School because of poor performance. No new students were admitted in fall 2012, but students who are already enrolled are permitted to stay until they graduate in 2015. A new school, New Visions Charter School for the Humanties II, opened in the building in 2012.

Built in 1933 as the Samuel Gompers Industrial High School for Boys, the building has lovely architecture, according to a Lehman College blog.

The school has long struggled against the realities of life in a rough neighborhood. An Insideschools reviewer in 2002 said the Tiffany chandelier lamps were masked to protect against theft, and bars were been placed on all windows to keep vocational and technical instruments from vanishing.

Still, the reviewer found reason for hope: “The towers where students of a bygone era constructed radios are today the labs where budding engineers build robots. Special education students who would likely be overlooked elsewhere here receive meaningful, and very marketable, trade skills…. Dignitaries including Mayor Bloomberg, Schools Chancellor Joel Klein, and NBA star Alan Houston have all visited to acknowledge the progress the school has made,” according to the 2002 review. (Jacquie Wayans, December 2002, updated September 2012)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares its building

Number of Students 229

Average Daily Attendance 65%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
0%

Black

  
31%

Hispanic

  
66%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
100%

Special ed

  
27%

English Language Learners

  
12%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.50 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 24 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

45% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

42% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

72% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

57% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

72% 34% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

30% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

49% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

29% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

4% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

55% 73% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

21% 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?

0%

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

9%

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

5%

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?

5% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

381
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

31%

SAT math scores

396
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?

63% 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?

5% 44% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

27% 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

39% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

87% 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

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