Eleanor Roosevelt High School

An Insideschools pick
411 EAST 76 STREET
MANHATTAN NY 10021 Map
Phone: (212) 772-1220
Website: Click here
Admissions: selective/District 2 priority
Principal: DIMITRI SALIANI
Neighborhood: Upper East Side
District:2
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: MARTIN TRACHTENBERG
Humanities & Interdisciplinary
Wheelchair Accessible
Screened

Buses: M101, M15, M31, M66, M72, M79, M86, M98, Q102

What's special:

Traditional college prep curriculum and strong college office

The downside:

Few openings for out-of-district students, tiny gym

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Eleanor Roosevelt High School—ELRO for short—has a motivated student body, a traditional college-prep curriculum and an excellent record of college admissions. Wide hallways, polished floors, and spotless modern bathrooms make the former Sotheby's warehouse one of the most pleasant school buildings in the city—even though the cafeteria and gym are small.

In a city where lots of schools have themes and specialties, Eleanor Roosevelt stands out for its gimmick-free curriculum and no-nonsense approach to teaching. Although class discussion and some project work are encouraged, many rooms have desks in rows and lessons led by the teacher standing at the front of the class. All students take four years of college-prep math, science, English, history, and a foreign language; many take multiple advanced placements exams.

The English curriculum focuses on the classics: 9th graders read The Epic of Gilgamesh, "Oedipus the King," Beowulf and "Macbeth"; 10th-graders read Dante’s Inferno (while they study the Italian Renaissance in history) and A Tale of Two Cities by Dickens (while they study the French Revolution); 11th-graders read The Scarlet Letter (while they study U.S. history.) All 9th-graders take geometry and a special class called “foundations of math,” designed to shore up algebra skills. Most seniors take calculus. The Spanish classes we saw were taught entirely in Spanish.

“There is not a lot of choice,” said Principal Dimitri Saliani. “We expect you to take chemistry. We expect you to take physics.” Sometimes, there is a choice between “hard or harder,” he said. For example, 10th-graders may choose between Regents-prep global history or advanced placement world history.

That said, there are a number of electives, particularly in technology. Students may develop apps for iPhones, study robotics, use a 3-D printer, make a film, or learn computer programming. While many schools ban cellphones and block access to YouTube and Facebook, ELRO gives students access to all websites and encourages them to “BYOD” (bring your own device). “Kids have to learn to deal with distractions,” the principal says. Students may leave the building for lunch.

Teachers work hard to build a sense of community among the students and, in a school this small, everyone knows everyone. In September, entering 9th-graders attend an overnight camp to work on team-building skills. There are lots of clubs, including Model UN as well as Zumba and yoga.  Students told us the homework load is heavy but not oppressive—two to three hours a night.

College: A full-time college counselor meets with all students and their parents at least twice for 40 minutes each time. Nearly all graduates go on to four-year colleges; a large proportion go to private colleges, some on full scholarship. Students have been admitted to the University of Chicago, Tufts, Carleton, Barnard, University of Michigan, Oberlin, Occidental and the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Special education: The school has several team-teaching classes, which mix children with special needs and general education students and have two teachers. Students with disabilities who are eligible for team-teaching classes need not meet the same admissions standards as other students.

Admissions: The school has nearly 6,000 applicants for 125 seats each year, so competition to get in is tough. Students must have good attendance, level 3 or 4 on standardized tests, and grades of at least 90 in core academic subjects. Priority in admissions goes to students who live or attend middle school in District 2, and there are very few openings for out-of-district children. There are occasionally seats available in upper grades. (Clara Hemphill, October 2014)

InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 531

Average Daily Attendance 96%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
21%

Black

  
4%

Hispanic

  
11%

White

  
62%

Free Lunch

  
25%

Special ed

  
3%

English Language Learners

  
1%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 3.70 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

27 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

75% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

71% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

98% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

87% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

6% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

100% 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

100% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

98% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

83% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

100% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

2% 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?

74%

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

24%

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

94%

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?

96% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

598
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

99%

SAT math scores

621
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?

85% 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?

NA 45% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 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?

100% 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 District 2 students or residents
  2. Then to Manhattan students or residents
  3. Then to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

Eleanor Roosevelt High School

Screened

A program incorporating the arts and technology as essential components of learning.

Selection Criteria

  • English (90-100) , Math (90-100) , Science (90-100) , Social Studies (90-100)
  • Math Levels: 3-4 ; English Language Arts Levels: 3-4

There may be additional selection criteria, see the High School Directory for more information

Academics

AP COURSES: Art History, Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Economics: Macro, English Literature and Composition, European History, Government and Politics: Comparative, Music Theory, Physics B, Statistics, Studio Art: 3-D Design, United States History

Online: N/A

Language classes: French, Spanish

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Art Gallery, Black History Month, CANstruction, Cheerleading, Chess, Dance, Debate, Drama, ElRo Ambassadors, ElRo Sibs, Fed Challenge, Film Club,Gay-Straight Alliance, Glee Club, Green Team, Human Rights, Jazz Ensemble, Making a Difference, Math Club, Mock Trial, Model United Nations, National Honor Society, "Pawprint" Online Newspaper, Peer Tutoring and Mentoring, Philosophy, Recording and Sound Engineering Group, Senior Class Council, Ski/Snowboarding, Student Government, Student Movement Against Cancer (SMAC), Technology Club, World Quest, Wounded Warrior Fashion Show

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball, Football & JV Football, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Tennis

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Football, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Tennis

Other schools sports: Volleyball

Source: High school directory

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