The Felisa Rincon de Gautier Institute for Law and Public Policy

1440 STORY AVENUE
BRONX NY 10473 Map
Phone: (718) 860-5110
Website: Click here
Admissions: Bronx
Principal: Grismaldy Laboy Wilson
Neighborhood: Soundview
District: 8
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: ANGEL ORTIZ
Humanities & Interdisciplinary
Law & Government

Buses: Bx5, Bx6

What's special:

Bright and clean building

The downside:

Kids don’t feel safe outside

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

The Felisa Rincon de Gautier Institute for Law and Public Policy shares the Soundview Educational Campus with Bronx Arena, a transfer school. The building has no gymnasium or auditorium, but hallways feel spacious, and rooms are bright and clean. Most students come in with very weak academic skills, and the school does a pretty good job getting them to graduate on time.

UnfortunateIy, nearly half of the students responding to the Learning Environment Survey said they don’t feel safe outside the building and one-third said they don’t feel safe in the corridors and bathrooms. Half the teachers say they mistrust the principal and two-thirds say there are problems with order and discipline.

Principal Grismaldy Laboy, who founded the school in 2003, graduated from Adlai Stevenson High School and returned as as teacher there. She modeled her new school after the Law Institute at Stevenson. The ties to Stevenson are still present; Laboy's students are eligible to join that school's athletic teams.

The school has a standard Regents-prep curriculum. Students also take a class in forensics and an introduction to law and public policy.

The school, named for the first female mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, attracts Spanish-speaking new immigrant students, some of whom have had little formal education in their native countries.

Special education: The state education department found that the school violated students' rights by putting unqualified teachers in charge of special education classes. "Administrators brough in a cong line of substittue teachers on 'rotating' one-week stints to teacher special education classes," The New York Times reported

Admissions: limited unscreened. (Clara Hemphill, news reports and statistics, August 2012)

InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

Soundview Educational Campus

Number of Students 307

Average Daily Attendance 77%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
2%

Black

  
26%

Hispanic

  
68%

White

  
2%

Free Lunch

  
83%

Special ed

  
27%

English Language Learners

  
10%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.06 2.38 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

12 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

48% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

74% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

70% 85% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

70% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

57% 36% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2015

How many students graduated within 4 years?

47% 69% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates earned an advanced regents diploma within 4 years?

0% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

51% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

26% 10% 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?

7%

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

3%

Are students ready for college?

How many students graduated in four years with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?

6% 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

408
423 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 495 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated in four years and enrolled in college?

32% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

389
431 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 511 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

Is the guidance counseling helpful?

How many students say that this school provides helpful counseling on college or job-seeking?

67% 76% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

32% 48% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

NA 57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

58% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

95% 97% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners graduated within 4 years?

47% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners graduated within 6 years?

55% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

School admission priorities:

  1. Priority to Bronx students or residents who attend an information session
  2. Then to New York City residents who attend an information session
  3. Then to Bronx students or residents
  4. Then to New York City residents

Source: High school directory 2015-2016

The Felisa Rincón de Gautier Institute for Law and Public Policy

Limited Unscreened

This program helps students explore careers in the legal and political fields while strengthening their reading, writing and public speaking skills. Our Law Academy program creates a learning environment committed to community and character development.

W.E.B. Du Bois Writing Institute

Limited Unscreened

The W.E.B. DuBois Writing Institute is an interdisciplinary program that applies the skills and content areas of the humanities. Instruction includes activities that require all students to think, problem solve, and defend their opinions. Students will be required to participate and lead school wide activities such as community service, peer tutoring and internships. They will complete college courses, pursue an Advanced Regents Diploma and complete three years of a foreign language.

Academics

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Student Advisory and Leadership, Student Government, Moot Court and Mock Trial Teams, Negotiations Team, National Honor Society, Tutoring, Regents Preparation, Pageant Committee, Dance, Annual Turkey Bowl

Source: High school directory 2015-2016

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