Pace High School

An Insideschools pick
100 HESTER STREET
MANHATTAN NY 10002 Map
Phone: (212) 334-4663
Website: Click here
Admissions: citywide
Principal: Yvette Sy
Neighborhood: Lower East Side/ Chinatown
District: 2
Grade range: 9-12
Humanities & Interdisciplinary
Citywide

Buses: B39, M103, M14A, M15, M15-SBS, M22, M5, M9

What's special:

Personal attention from the principal and teachers

The downside:

Some students have trouble adjusting to unstructured environment

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Principal Yvette Sy greets students by name every morning as they enter Pace High School, a small school founded in 2004 in collaboration with Pace University. It’s part of the personal attention that has made Pace a popular choice for students from across the city.

Pace is known for class discussions and projects rather than lectures and textbooks. On our visit, we saw students recite their own poetry, perform a play they had written about the trial of the wolf in Little Red Riding Hood, and display projects on poster boards about global warming and hurricanes, as well as some more traditional classes. Students are expected to finish a senior project in which they reflect on what they have learned and how much they have contributed to the school community.

Students begin their high school career with a program called "First Summer" held at Pace University's Westchester campus in August. Entering 9th graders spend two nights in college dorms in Pleasantville, getting to know their classmates and teachers, learning about the culture and expectations of the school and enjoying a swim in the college pool.

Each student is assigned to an advisory, a small group of students who stay together for four years and who may discuss everything from personal problems to college admissions.. Ninth grade English classes are half the size of regular classes, so that teachers can give kids lots of help writing.

Open to students of all achievement levels, Pace is designed to serve average students as well as kids who are struggling. One drawback: students used to a very structured environment, such as many charter schools offer, may have trouble adjusting to the freedom at Pace, Sy said.

Just north of the Manhattan Bridge, Pace shares a building with MS 131 and the Emma Lazarus School. A new outdoor track offers a pleasant place for sports as well as a gathering place for the Chinatown community.

Special education: About 50 students receive special education services, and teachers have thought carefully about how to integrate them in regular classes. The school has team teaching classes, with two teachers, one of whom is certified in special education. The special education teacher follows each student for all four years. The school takes pride in ensuring that students with IEPS get regular Regents diplomas, not the less rigorous local diploma.

College admissions: The college office encourages students to consider colleges outside of New York City. It provides translators for Chinese and Spanish speaking parents. Students have been admitted to Brown, Denison and Mt. Holyoke, and a large number have been admitted to Syracuse University.

Admissions: The school has regular tours and open houses in the fall. Students who attend an "information session" about the school are given preference in admission, but there are no minimum academic requirements. Thirty percent come from Brooklyn, 40 percetn from Manhattan, and 20 percent from the Bronx. (Clara Hemphill, May 2011)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares a building with MS 131 and Emma Lazarus HS

Number of Students 421

Average Daily Attendance 93%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
10%

Black

  
35%

Hispanic

  
42%

White

  
2%

Free Lunch

  
80%

Special ed

  
12%

English Language Learners

  
1%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.58 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

28 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

64% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

84% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

93% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

100% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

18% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many students graduated within 4 years?

89% 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

96% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many students graduated within 4 years?

87% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

6% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

89% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates 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?

15%

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

36%

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

36%

Are students ready for college?

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

42% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

453
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

86% 62% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

464
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?

84% 76% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

71% 45% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

89% 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?

96% 89% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners graduated within 4 years?

40% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners graduated within 6 years?

58% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

School admission priorities:

  1. Priority to New York City residents who attend an information session
  2. Then to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

PACE High School

Limited Unscreened

Core curricular subjects in Math, Science, English, Spanish and Social Studies meet 300 minutes a week; Project-based units.

Academics

AP COURSES: Calculus AB, Environmental Science, United States History

Online: Biology, Chemistry, Chinese Language and Culture, English Language and Composition, United States History, World History

Language classes: Spanish

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Academic Tutorials, Advisory Debates, After-school Tutorials and Homework Help, Amnesty International, Bridge Running, Community Service, Cheerleading, Caribbean Dance Team, Dramatic Arts Electives, Gay Straight Alliance, Hip-Hop, Literary Magazine, Mentorships, Music, National Honor Society, Poetry Out Loud, Science, Chess, Spanish National Honor Society, Step, Student Expositions, Student Government Organization, Student-designed Web/Literary Publications, Technology, Anime/Video Game, Wellness Center, Yearbook, YMCA Youth Leadership/Youth and Government, YMCA sports: Dance, Martial Arts, Swimming; Girls Who Code, SAT Prep

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball & JV Basketball

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Outdoor Track, Softball & JV Softball, Volleyball & JV Volleyball

Other schools sports: Basketball, Bridge Running, Flag Football, Handball, Soccer

Source: High school directory

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