Herbert H. Lehman High School

3000 EAST TREMONT AVENUE
BRONX NY 10461 Map
Phone: (718) 904-4200
Website: Click here
Admissions: Neighborhood, zoned school
Wheelchair accessible
Principal: R LOBIANCO
Neighborhood: Westchester
District: 8
Grade range: 09 thru 12
Parent Coordinator: ROSALINE TORRUELLA

Buses: BX21, BX24, BX31, BX4, BX40, BX4A, BX8

What's special:

One of the last remaining large schools in the Bronx

The downside:

Poor attendance; low graduation rates

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Lehman High School is slowly stabilizing after a tumultuous decade that almost led to closure due to poor performance and attendance. The once gigantic school is now divided into small learning academies each with a different focus: Technology, Nursing and Pre-Medicine, the Arts, the Law, and a selective program for high achievers called the Anne Hutchinson Academy for Engineering. By 2016 the population will settle at about 1000 students, reduced from more than 4,300 students in 2008.

For decades, Lehman was considered one of the best high schools in the Bronx: a safe school with an immaculate building, colorful murals painted by students and sophisticated level of work done by students in Advanced Placement classes. Enrollment grew by 500 students between 2001 and 2003 as the city closed other large Bronx schools and assigned extra students to Lehman, including many with special needs. Even though the graduation rate held steady, attendance began to decline.

This decline and the upset caused by scandals involving two principals in a row left Lehman on the state's list of failing schools. Rose LoBianco, former assistant principal of Columbus High School took the helm in 2011 and began to implement reforms aided by a small improvement grant. However more uncertainty about whether or not the school would close took its toll on the "emotional stability" of the community, LoBianco said at a public hearing, and many teachers decided to leave. "A lot of healing had to happen," a school counselor told Insideschools at the 2013 high school fair.

Students say the hallways are safer since LoBianco's arrival and there is more attention around social and emotional growth. Seniors are paired with freshmen in a peer leadership program and to address school safety, teachers have been trained in conflict resolution. Instead of detention, students participate in a behavioral support and intervention program, and a team of teachers administers on-call support to at-risk teens.

Attendance is inching up and performance has improved, from an "F" on the city's Progress Report in 2010 to a "D" in 2012. There is still a long way to go: only half the incoming freshmen graduate in four years, and only 16 percent are ready for college-level work.

The 2012 Learning Environment Survey shows a gradual improvement in safety, communication, academic expectations and engagement. Ninety-five percent of the teachers report that LoBianco is an effective manager. "The principal has dedicated herself to very long hours, very long days," said James Rodriquez, coordinator of student affairs, who has been at the school for 25 years. "We're on the upswing. Not where we should be, but we're getting there."

Lehman offers a wide range of Advanced Placement courses and academic clubs, some in math, law and science. The law team has had good success in state and citywide championships, with the help of working lawyers. The schools impressive list of sports teams includes unusual ones like cricket, lacrosse, handball, bowling and flag football.
Lehman shares the building with four schools: Renaissance High School for Musical Theater and Technology, Westchester Square Academy, Pelham Lab High School, Bronx River and Schuylerville Prep.

College: Approximately 94 % of the students who do graduate attend two and four-year colleges, primarily in the City University system. Top students have been accepted to Barnard, Wheaton and Cornell, some on full scholarships. The school had a handful of Posse Scholars who won full tuition in 2012.

Admission: The Anne Hutchinson Academy will accept 60 to 85 students who scored a Level 3 or 4 on state exams and who have good attendance. This program include intensive research, digital academic portfolios, on and off-campus college coursework, internships, and field trips. (Aryn Bloodworth, March 2011, updated by Lydie Raschka based on web reports and interviews, April 2013)

 

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Lehman High School is slowly stabilizing after a tumultuous decade that almost led to closure due to poor performance and attendance. The once gigantic school is now divided into small learning academies each with a different focus: Technology, Nursing and Pre-Medicine, the Arts, the Law, and a selective program for high achievers called the Anne Hutchinson Academy for Engineering. By 2016 the population will settle at about 1000 students, reduced from more than 4,300 students in 2008.

Attendance is inching up and performance has improved, from an “F” on the city’s Progress Report in 2010 to a “D” in 2012. There is still a long way to go: only half the incoming freshmen graduate in four years, and only 16 percent are ready for college-level work.

For decades, Lehman was considered one of the best high schools in the Bronx: a safe school with an immaculate building, colorful murals painted by students and sophisticated level of work done by students in Advanced Placement classes. Enrollment grew by 500 students between 2001 and 2003 as the city closed other large Bronx schools and assigned extra students to Lehman, including many with special needs.  Even though the graduation rate held steady, attendance began to decline.

This decline and the upset caused by scandals involving two principals in a row left Lehman on the state’s list of failing schools. Rose LoBianco, former assistant principal of Columbus High School took the helm in 2011 and began to implement reforms aided by a small improvement grant. However more uncertainty about whether or not the school would close took its toll on the “emotional stability” of the community, LoBianco told GothamSchools, and many teachers decided to leave. “A lot of healing had to happen,” said a counselor at the 2013 high school fair.

Students say the hallways are safer since LoBianco’s arrival and there is more attention around social and emotional growth. Seniors are paired with freshmen in a peer leadership program and to address school safety, teachers have been trained in conflict resolution. Instead of detention, students participate in a behavioral support and intervention program, and a team of teachers administers on-call support to at-risk teens.

The 2012 Learning Environment Survey shows a gradual improvement in safety, communication, academic expectations and engagement. Ninety-five percent of the teachers report that LoBianco is an effective manager. “The principal has dedicated herself to very long hours, very long days,” said James Rodriquez, coordinator of student affairs, who has been at the school for 25 years. “We’re on the upswing. Not where we should be, but we’re getting there.”

Lehman offers a wide range of Advanced Placement courses and academic clubs, some in math, law and science. The law team has had good success in state and citywide championships, with the help of working lawyers. The schools impressive list of sports teams includes unusual ones like cricket, lacrosse, handball, bowling and flag football.

Lehman shares the building with four schools: Renaissance High School for Musical Theater and Technology, Westchester Square Academy, Pelham Lab High School, Bronx River and Schuylerville Prep.

College: Approximately 94 % of the students who do graduate attend two and four-year colleges, primarily in the City University system. Top students have been accepted to Barnard, Wheaton and Cornell, some on full scholarships. The school had a handful of Posse Scholars who won full tuition in 2012.

Admission: The Anne Hutchinson Academy will accept 60 to 85 students who scored a Level 3 or 4 on state exams and who have good attendance. This program include intensive research, digital academic portfolios, on and off-campus college coursework, internships, and field trips. (Aryn Bloodworth, March 2011, updated by Lydie Raschka based on web reports and interviews, April 2013)

 

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

Herbert H. Lehman Educational Campus

Number of Students 2059

Average Daily Attendance 77%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
8%

Black

  
23%

Hispanic

  
58%

White

  
11%

Free Lunch

  
70%

Special ed

  
24%

English Language Learners

  
10%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.70 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

22 24 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

50% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

74% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

65% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

42% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

53% 34% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

54% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

65% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

50% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

11% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

65% 73% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

19% 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?

13%

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

31%

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

14%

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?

18% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

426
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

42%

SAT math scores

448
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?

58% 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?

29% 44% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

36% 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

54% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

85% 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 Bronx students or residents
  2. Priority to students who apply and live in the zoned area

Source: High school directory

Academy for Computer Technology

Ed. Opt.

A rich and varied academic curriculum with concentration in programming, computer applications, computer electronics and repair

Zoned

Zoned

Academic Comprehensive Program

Anne Hutchinson Academy

Screened

Courses of study comprised of Honors and Advanced Placement courses with an emphasis on intensive research, technology application, and ethical considerations. Students will be offered the opportunity to select areas of concentration.

Selection Criteria

  • English (85-100) , Math (85-100) , Science (85-100) , Social Studies (85-100)
  • 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: Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Environmental Science, Government and Politics: United States, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, United States History, World History

Online: N/A

Language classes: Italian, Spanish

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Community Service, Speech & Debate, Arista, Band, Ceramics, Chamber Choir, Chess, Dance, Debate Team, Digital Media, Forensic Program, Law Team, Leadership Program, Mock Trial, Moot Court, MOUSE Squad, Musical Theater Productions, Newspaper, Painting, Robotics, Student Council, Tech Bridge

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

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

Other schools sports: Cheerleading

Source: High school directory

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