Pace High School
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Pace High School
Buses: B39, BxM18, M103, M14A, M15, M15-SBS, M22, M5, M9, X28
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)
At a glance
Number of Students 423
Average Daily Attendance 92%
Metal detectors? No
INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.58 2.40 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Safety & vibe
ARE CLASSES BIG?
Number of students in an average english class28 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?92% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?
How many students say they feel safe in hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?97% 85% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?96% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How Many Students are Chronically Absent?18% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Class of 2014
How many students passed a Regents exam for algebra 2, physics or chemistry?36%
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
Programs and Admissions
School admission priorities:
- Priority to New York City residents who attend an information session
- Then to New York City residents
PACE High School
Core curricular subjects in Math, Science, English, Spanish and Social Studies meet 300 minutes a week; Project-based units.
AP COURSES: Calculus, Environmental Science, United States History
EXTRACURRICULAR: Academic Tutorials, Advisory Debates, Homework Help, Amnesty International, Bridge Running, Cheerleading, Caribbean Dance, Drama, Gay Straight Alliance, Hip-Hop, Literary Magazine, Mentorships, Choir, Latin Dance, National Honor Society, Poetry Out Loud, Science, Envirothon, Chess, Bollywood Dance, Spanish National Honor Society, Step, Student Expositions, Math Zone, Student Government, Student-designed Publications, Technology, Anime/Video Game, Wellness Center, Yearbook, YMCA: Youth Leadership, Dance, Martial Arts, Swimming; Girls Who Code, SAT Prep, Art in NYC
BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball
GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Cross Country, Outdoor Track, Softball, Volleyball
Other schools sports: Independent Soccer League, Basketball, Bridge Running, Flag Football, Handball, Badminton