Jane Addams High School for Academic Careers

900 TINTON AVENUE
BRONX NY 10456 Map
Phone: (718) 292-4513
Website: Click here
Admissions: No new admits
Principal: JOEL DIBARTOLOMEO
Neighborhood: South Bronx
District:8
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: DIOSA REYES
Wheelchair Accessible
Vocational

What's special:

Vocational school with proud history, child care for students' babies

The downside:

School closing because of poor performance

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Founded in 1937, Jane Addams High School has had a long history of preparing students for work in hairdressing, nursing, tourism and business. In recent years, the vocational school suffered from declining enrollments and graduation rates. It was rocked by a scandal in 2011—in which students were apparently given credit for courses they never took. The principal, Sharron Smalls, was removed and replaced by Joel DiBartolomeo, whom colleagues describe as an effective leader. However, the Department of Education, believing more drastic action was necessary, decided in 2012 to close the school. No new students were admitted but students who were already enrolled were allowed to stay until they graduate. The last class will graduate in 2015.

The School for Tourism and Hospitality, a new school founded in partnership with Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers, is housed in the Jane Addams building. Opening with a 9th grade in 2012, it will add a class each year until it serves grade 9-12.

Smalls was accused of giving cosmetology students credit for chemistry—even though the school had no chemistry teacher, according to New York Times. She caused a stir when racy pictures of her appeared on Facebook, according to the Daily News.

Teachers defended the school and said the city’s policies had undermined it. When the school was divided into small academies in 2010 at the behest of the Department of Education, classes in precalculus, calculus, physics, chemistry, and Advanced Placement courses were no longer offered, teachers wrote in a blog post in the New York Times. The school has long served a needy population. It has a child care center, called LYFE, so young parents can continue their education.

Starting in 2003, Jane Addams was the victim of “collateral damage,” according to a report by the Center for New York City Affairs. When large, dysfunctional schools in the Bronx were closed as part of Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s education reforms, students were assigned to remaining schools, such as Jane Addams. Jane Addams had been mostly female, but several hundred boys—few of whom had an interest in the program such as cosmetology—were enrolled. The school became less orderly and attendance and graduation rates declined, the report said. (Clara Hemphill, July 2012)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

Jane Addams HS Building

Number of Students 319

Average Daily Attendance 73%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
2%

Black

  
36%

Hispanic

  
61%

White

  
0%

Free Lunch

  
81%

Special ed

  
21%

English Language Learners

  
10%

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

25 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

65% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

86% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

85% 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?

66% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

40% 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

57% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

40% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

56% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

28% 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?

1%

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

0%

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

2%

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?

8% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

370
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

36%

SAT math scores

354
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?

77% 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?

10% 45% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

28% 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

57% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

95% 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

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