Academy for Software Engineering

40 IRVING PLACE
MANHATTAN NY 10003 Map
Phone: (212) 253-3299
Website: Click here
Admissions: limited unscreened
newschool
Principal: Seung Yu
Neighborhood: Gramercy Park
District: 2
Grade range: 09 and 10

Buses: M1, M101, M103, M14AD, M15, M2, M23, M3, M34A-SBS, M5, M8, M9

What's special:

Students learn computer programming and get internships in the tech industry.

The downside:

New school has no track record, metal detectors.

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

The Academy for Software Engineering has one of the most interesting themes of the city’s new schools: a program dedicated to computer science and built with the help of the tech industry, including companies like Google, eBay, Facebook and FourSquare.

Housed in the Washington Irving Educational Complex just off Union Square, the Academy for Software Engineering is scheduled to open with 108 9th-graders in fall 2012 and will add a grade each year until it serves grades 9-12. It aims to teach students not just programming languages like Java or PHP, but also the principles underlying those languages—an education designed to help students adapt quickly as technology changes and new languages are developed.

The school is the brainchild of Mike Zamansky, a computer science teacher at Stuyvesant High School, and Fred Wilson, a managing partner of Union Square Ventures who has invested in companies like Twitter, Foursquare and Disqus. Wilson says the school is designed to meet the need for computer programmers—software engineers – as the tech industry expands in New York City.

Principal Seung Yu, a former English teacher at the High School of Telecommunications who worked as a principal-in-training at Pathways in Technology Early College High School in Brooklyn, says there are no admissions requirements and he accepts students with a wide range of skills. The Academy for Software Engineering offers a standard Regents-prep curriculum, including history, English, math and sciences and will offer a career and technical education (CTE) certificate. The hope is that students will be prepared to go to college, and will also be able to enter the workforce if they decide not to go to college.

An advisory board is chaired by Evan Korth, a professor of computer science at New York University, and includes representatives of various tech companies. Wilson says the advisory board members will serve as mentors to the students and may offer internships to advanced students in their junior or senior years. (Photo at left shows Korth, Yu and Wilson). 

Washington Irving High School is being phased out for poor performance and replaced with a number of small schools. Students must pass through metal detectors to enter the building. Students say they feel safer than they did a few years ago-- 76 percent of Washington Irving students reported in 2011 that they feel safe compared to 54 percent in 2007—but there are still some complaints of fights. The challenge for Yu and other principals in the building is to create a new culture as the old Washington Irving closes.

The small schools in the Washington Irving building share sports teams.

Special education: Plans to serve special education students are still being developed.

Admissions: Limited unscreened. Students should attend an open house or the high school fair to express an interest. See the school website http://afsenyc.org or contact info@AFSEnyc.org for more information. (Clara Hemphill, February 2012)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

Washington Irving Educational Campus

Number of Students 241

Average Daily Attendance 94%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
13%

Black

  
32%

Hispanic

  
40%

White

  
9%

Free Lunch

  
71%

Special ed

  
22%

English Language Learners

  
3%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 3.00 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

29 24 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

79% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

100% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

91% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

89% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

16% 34% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of

How many -4 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

NA 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many -6 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

NA 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many -4 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

NA 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many -6 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

NA 73% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

NA 12% 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?

0%

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

NA

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

NA

Are students ready for college?

How many -4 freshmen graduated in four years with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?

NA 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

NA
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

How many 0 freshmen graduated in four years and enrolled in college?

NA

SAT math scores

NA
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% 75% 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 44% 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?

0% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

89% 88% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners starting school in 2008 graduated within 4 years?

38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners starting school in 2006 graduated within 6 years?

57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

School admission priorities:

  1. Priority to Manhattan students or residents who attend an information session
  2. Then to New York City residents who attend an information session
  3. Then to Manhattan students or residents
  4. Then to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

Academy for Software Engineering (AFSE)

Limited Unscreened

Academics

AP COURCES: N/A

Online: N/A

Language classes: Spanish

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: After-school and Saturday Tutoring, Entrepreneur/Start-up Workshops, National Honor Society, Programming and Software Development, Robotics, SAT Prep, Student Government, Technology and Academic Enrichment, Dance, Guest Lectures

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball, Handball, Soccer, Volleyball

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

Other schools sports: N/A

Source: High school directory

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