High School of American Studies at Lehman College

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2925 GOULDEN AVENUE
BRONX NY 10468 Map
Phone: (718) 329-2144
Website: Click here
Admissions: exam
Principal: Alessandro Weiss
Neighborhood: Kingsbridge
District: 10
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: ANNA PAU TREBO FIORE
Humanities & Interdisciplinary
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Buses: Bx1, Bx10, Bx2, Bx22, Bx26, Bx28, Bx3, Bx32, Bx34, Bx38, BxM3, BxM4

What's special:

The intimacy of a small school and the resources of a large college

The downside:

Heavy workload for students

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

The High School of American Studies at Lehman College (HSAS), one of three specialized high schools operating on City University of New York campuses, offers the best of both worlds: the intimacy of a small school with the resources of a large college. Students have to manage a heavy load of challenging work, but do so in a friendly and non-competitive environment where everyone knows everyone else. All HSAS students enjoy access to Lehman College’s facilities during and after the school day, and starting in the 11th grade, they can take free college courses for credit.

“I think of our school as a junior liberal arts college,” said Principal Alessandro Weiss. HSAS students study and do research in Lehman College’s library, eat in its cafeteria, and take physical education classes in the vast college gymnasium, the Olympic-size swimming pool, or the racquetball courts. A majority of students take at least one course at Lehman before graduation; many choose to take more from the varied options open to them, such as Latin, jazz history, history of the Civil War, computer science, statistics, theater and dance.

Each class meets four out of the five school days a week and runs 55 minutes, longer than the typical 43-minute high school period, which allows time for teachers to delve more deeply into lessons and engage students in rich discussions. A four-day-week class cycle also means that for each of their classes, students get a one-night-a-week break from having homework due the following day.

In history classes, teachers spend a lot of time on individual topics rather than moving through the curriculum at breakneck speed. For example, as part of their required three-year sequence in American history, teachers may spend four weeks on the New Deal or devote an entire semester to colonial America. In global history, a class study on early 19th-century Europe will include devoting several days to a student mock trial of Napoleon Bonaparte. All students take the respective Advanced Placement (AP) exams at the end of the course sequences in American and global history.

Students in the upper grades can take history electives that focus on key historical eras, such as Europe between the world wars or United States history from the 1960s to date. In addition to reading challenging texts in history, students do engaging research projects. In “Roaring 1920s”, a popular elective class, students examine graves at Woodlawn Cemetery to help them identify prominent New Yorkers from that era to research. “If you want to see a kid’s eyes light up, assign him a grave,” said Weiss.

Instruction in all subjects is rigorous and teachers and staff make sure that English, math and science do not get short shrift. In English, students read challenging works throughout all four years starting with Beowulf and The Odyssey in the 9th grade. AP English classes are offered in 11th and 12th grade. In math, students can take classes through AP calculus (AB) at the school; very advanced students can take BC calculus at Lehman.

In science, the school offers a number of electives including AP chemistry, forensic science, astronomy, anatomy and biosphere—a class on ecosystems. Students get to vote on the science electives offered for the following year.

Incoming freshmen get lots of support to help them adjust to the rigors of high school. They are taught how to take structured notes in history classes to ensure they keep track of everything learned in class and through assignments. Ninth-graders also take a research class co-taught by a HSAS teacher and a Lehman College librarian, as well as a class dedicated to grammar.

All juniors and seniors taking their first course at Lehman are scheduled for a recitation class—essentially a study hall supervised by an HSAS teacher who keeps tabs on each student’s completion of assignments and overall college course performance. All teachers provide extra help after school.

In addition to PSAL sports teams, students can participate in a broad range of extra-curricular activities such as band, dance, drama, documentary film, chess, debate, Model UN, environmental club and Common Sense, the school’s newspaper.

Roughly 40 percent of HSAS students live in the Bronx. The administration actively recruits students from Bronx middle schools that have been under-represented at the city's most selective high schools.

College advisory is very strong at the school. College counselors meet individually with every student starting in junior year and teachers volunteer to critique students’ college essays. One hundred percent of students are accepted to college. Many attend SUNY and CUNY colleges, and each year some graduates attend Ivy League and other highly competitive private colleges such as Haverford, Hamilton, Northwestern, Tufts, University of Chicago and Vanderbilt.

Special education: Students receive supports such as testing accommodations, but there are no ICT or self-contained classes.

Admissions: Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT). (Laura Zingmond, October 2014)

InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Number of Students 369

Average Daily Attendance 97%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
22%

Black

  
4%

Hispanic

  
15%

White

  
56%

Free Lunch

  
26%

Special ed

  
4%

English Language Learners

  
0%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 3.78 2.39 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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

82% 74% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

96% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

99% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

5% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2015

How many students graduated within 4 years?

99% 69% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

92% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

100% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

0% 9% 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?

99%

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

76%

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

100%

Are students ready for college?

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

99% 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

672
424 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 495 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

99% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

669
432 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?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

NA 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?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners graduated within 4 years?

48% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners graduated within 6 years?

56% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

High School of American Studies at Lehman College

Test

Admission to this Specialized High School is based solely on the score obtained on the Specialized High Schools Admission Test (SHSAT). Students should speak to their guidance counselors in the Fall to register for the SHSAT.

Academics

AP COURSES: AP Calculus, AP Chemistry, AP English, AP Spanish, AP US History, AP World History

Source: High school directory 2015-2016

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Anime, Arts and Crafts, Asian Cultural Society, Astronomy, Band, Chess, Classic Film, Dance Team, Debate, Drama, Environmental, Food, Gay-Straight Alliance, Glee, Great Books, Journalism, Key Club, Literary Magazine, Math Team, Mock Trial, Model United Nations, Moot Court, Music, National Honor Society (Arista), Poetry, Running, School Newspaper, Spanish Honor Society, Speech, Student Government, World Cultures, Yearbook, Zumba

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Outdoor Track, Tennis

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Cross Country, Softball, Tennis

Other schools sports: Golf, Running, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball

Source: High school directory 2015-2016

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