Eleanor Roosevelt High School
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Eleanor Roosevelt High School
Buses: BxM1, M101, M102, M15, M15-SBS, M31, M66, M72, M79, M86, M98, Q102
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)
At a glance
Number of Students 541
Average Daily Attendance 97%
Metal detectors? No
INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 3.62 2.40 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Safety & vibe
ARE CLASSES BIG?
Number of students in an average english class27 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?53% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?
How many students say they feel safe in hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?98% 85% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?94% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How Many Students are Chronically Absent?6% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Class of 2014
How many students passed a Regents exam for algebra 2, physics or chemistry?97%
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
Programs and Admissions
School admission priorities:
- Priority to District 2 students or residents
- Then to Manhattan students or residents
- Then to New York City residents
Eleanor Roosevelt High School
A program incorporating the arts and technology as essential components of learning.
- English (Scores 90-100) , Math (Scores 90-100) , Science (Scores 90-100) , Social Studies (Scores 90-100)
- Math Levels: Levels 3.0-4.5 ; English Language Arts Levels: Levels 3.0-4.5
There may be additional selection criteria, see the High School Directory for more information
AP COURSES: Art History, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Comparative Government and Politics, Economics, English, Music Theory, Spanish, Statistics, Studio Art, United States History, World History
EXTRACURRICULAR: Autism Awareness, Canstruction, Chamber Music Society, Chess, Comedy, Dance, Drama, ElRo Ambassadors, ElRo Experiment Science Magazine, ElRo Sibs (Peer Mentoring), Film, Gay-Straight Alliance, Green Team, Investment & Finance, Jazz Ensemble, Law Team, Making a Difference, Math, Model UN, Multicultural Club, National Honor Society, 'Pawprint' Online Newspaper, Speech & Debate, Student Government, Student Movement Against Cancer (SMAC), Students for Sensible Gun Laws, Technology Volunteers, UNICEF, Women's Equality
BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Tennis
GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Flag Football, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball
Other schools sports: Cross Country and Golf