Marble Hill High School for International Studies

An Insideschools pick
99 TERRACE VIEW AVENUE
BRONX NY 10463 Map
Phone: (718) 561-0973
Website: Click here
Principal: KIRSTEN LARSON
Neighborhood: Marble Hill/ Riverdale
District:10
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: IGNACIA REYES
Humanities & Interdisciplinary
ESL Only

Buses: BX1, BX10, BX7, BX9, M100

What's special:

Multi-cultural school community; high attendance and grad rates

The downside:

Classes demand a lot from students

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Marble Hill High School for International Studies strives to live up to its motto: “exploring the world, one day at a time.” Flags and brightly colored greetings in several languages adorn the halls. Over 35 languages are spoken at the school and one-third of the students are studying English as a Second Language (ESL). Teachers and staff balance student care with rigorous coursework that goes beyond city or state requirements.

Located on the 6th and 8th floors of the John F. Kennedy Campus building, Marble Hill has its own office and classroom space, but it shares its gym, auditorium, and athletic fields with seven other schools.

Many of the teachers were Peace Corps volunteers and more than three-quarters speak a language other than English, including Principal Kirsten Larson, who served in the Peace Corps in Africa. All students are required to take three years of foreign language (Spanish, Italian, Japanese or Chinese)—even those who already speak another language. “Our ESL students want to take another language,” explained Larson. Japanese classes were especially impressive, with even 1st year classes conducted mainly in the language.

Black, navy or khaki pants and a white collared shirt with black shoes distinguishes kids at Marble Hill from the other schools in the building, many of which share the same hectic building entrance. Everyone gets a locker or access to a coatrack in their homeroom.

In 11th and 12th grade, students are required to do 50 hours of community service per semester. They also complete an exit program with a resume, college essay, college research paper and reflection. Students prepare projects each marking period. Along with a required four years of math and science students may take Advanced Placement or College Now courses through Lehmann College.

Parents are encouraged to participate in school events. “Road to College” meetings and parent-teacher night are particularly popular. The staff, teachers and administration all claim that they focus heavily on parent outreach to help students academically.

In a four-day college class for seniors everyone applies to CUNY; the majority attend CUNY schools. Three students received Posse Scholarships in 2011. Most students attend CUNY or SUNY schools, although some have attended NYU and the University of Pennsylvania.

Afterschool, students play PSAL sports on building-wide teams and can participate in fashion, dance, chess, guitar or buildOn. Select students fundraise to go to China for spring break. 

English language learners: English language learners receive extra support through two-hour blocks of English and global humanities. Additionally, students may participate in conversation groups at lunch to improve their spoken English. The majority of the ELL students speak Spanish, Yemeni, Bengali or West African dialects.

Special education: The school has ICT and SETTS for the small number of students with IEPs, a large number of whom are also ELLs.

Admissions: Screened. Priority given to Bronx residents and English language learners. The school strongly encourages an interview and writing sample as part of the application. (Aryn Bloodworth, October 2011)

InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

John F. Kennedy Educational Campus

Number of Students 447

Average Daily Attendance 93%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
11%

Black

  
26%

Hispanic

  
57%

White

  
5%

Free Lunch

  
92%

Special ed

  
9%

English Language Learners

  
32%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.90 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

30 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

74% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

76% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

73% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

93% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

16% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

90% 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

86% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

92% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

26% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

92% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

3% 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?

22%

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

21%

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

36%

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?

44% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

392
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

70%

SAT math scores

409
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?

78% 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?

44% 45% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

70% 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

89% 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

Programs and Admissions

School admission priorities:

  1. Priority to Bronx students or residents
  2. Then to New York City residents
  3. For X43B only: Open only to English Language Learner students living in the United States fewer than 4 years; a) Priority to Bronx students or residents; b)Then to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

International Academy

Screened: Language

Focuses on international connections, cultural exchanges, world languages, world art and music, humanities.

International Studies

Screened

Focuses on the study of international connections, cultural exchanges, world languages, world art and music, humanities studies and technology seminars.

Academics

AP COURCES: Biology, Calculus AB, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Physics B, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, United States History, World History

Online: N/A

Language classes: English, Italian, Japanese

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Carnegie Hall Global Encounters Program, Chess, Dance, Drama, DreamYard Prep - Studio Art, Environmental, ESL Immersion Tutoring, Fashion, Filmmaking, Gay/Straight Alliance (GSA), Guitar, Health, Honor Society, Lincoln Center Open Stage Program, Mentoring Programs through Minds Matter and Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO), Morning and after-school: buildOn, National Honor Society, Peer Mediation, Peer Tutoring (mornings), Photography, Principal's Admissions Committee, Saturday Academy, Student Council, Study Hall, Theatre Development Residency Arts Project (RAP) Program, World Dance, Yearbook Committee, Yoga

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

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

Other schools sports: Basketball, Calisthenics, Cardio, Track and Field, Training, Volleyball, Weight

Source: High school directory

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