Marble Hill High School for International Studies
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Marble Hill High School for International Studies
Buses: Bx1, Bx10, Bx20, Bx7, Bx9, BxM1, BxM2, M100
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)
At a glance
Number of Students 449
Average Daily Attendance 94%
Metal detectors? Yes
INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.47 2.40 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Safety & vibe
ARE CLASSES BIG?
Number of students in an average english class30 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 Many Students are Chronically Absent?16% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Class of 2014
How many students passed a Regents exam for algebra 2, physics or chemistry?31%
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
Programs and Admissions
School admission priorities:
- Priority to Bronx students or residents
- Then to New York City residents
- For X43B only: Open only to English Language Learner students living in the United States fewer than 4 years
Focuses on the study of international connections, cultural exchanges, world languages, world art and music, humanities studies and technology seminars.
Focuses on international connections, cultural exchanges, world languages, world art and music, humanities.
AP COURSES: Biology, Calculus, English, European History, United States History
EXTRACURRICULAR: Chess, Dance, Drama, DreamYard Prep - Studio Art, Environmental, ESL Immersion Tutoring, Fashion, Filmmaking, Gay/Straight Alliance (GSA), Guitar, Health, Honor Society, IMentor Program, Lincoln Center Open Stage Program, Manga, Mentoring Programs through Minds Matter and Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO), Model UN, buildOn, National Honor Society, Peer Mediation, Photography, Student Government, Study Hall, Theatre Development Residency Arts Project (RAP) Program, Yearbook Committee, Yoga
BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Football, Gymnastics, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball
GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Cross Country, Flag Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball
Other schools sports: Basketball, Calisthenics, Cardio, Track and Field, Training, Volleyball