Union Square Academy for Health Sciences

40 IRVING PLACE
MANHATTAN NY 10003 Map
Phone: (212) 253-3110
Admissions: Limited unscreened
Principal: Bernardo Ascona
Neighborhood: Gramercy Park
District:2
Grade range: 9-11
Parent Coordinator: CLARE FULHAM
Health Professions
New School

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

What's special:

New school hopes to train dental assistants and pharmacy technicians

The downside:

Plans are still a work in progress

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Union Square Academy for Health Sciences, a new school in the Washington Irving High School building, plans to offer students the chance to study to be a dental assistant or a pharmacy technician.

Washington Irving High School is being closed because of poor performance and replaced with a number of small schools. Bernardo Ascona, who has been principal of the large Washington Irving, will be principal of the new small school. Ascona is working with St. John’s University to develop a curriculum, and hopes eventually to have New York University School of Dentistry as a partner as well.

“It’s a work in progress,” he acknowledged.

The school will have a traditional academic curriculum, and the administration also hopes to offer a career and technical education (CTE) certificate.

The school will share sports teams with other schools in the building. At least half the teachers will be hired from Washington Irving High School. The building has metal detectors.

Admissions: Limited unscreened. Priority given to students who attend an open house or fair. (Clara Hemphill, February 2012)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

Washington Irving Educational Campus

Number of Students 223

Average Daily Attendance 92%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
16%

Black

  
25%

Hispanic

  
53%

White

  
2%

Free Lunch

  
83%

Special ed

  
16%

English Language Learners

  
12%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.90 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

21 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

61% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

70% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

64% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

95% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

22% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of

How many -4 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

NA 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many -6 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

NA 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many -4 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

NA 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many -6 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

NA 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

NA 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?

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?

82% 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?

0% 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 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

Dental Assist

Limited Unscreened

Pharmacy Technician

Limited Unscreened

Academics

AP COURSES: N/A

Online: N/A

Language classes: N/A

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: More than twenty campus clubs are offered.

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: N/A

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: N/A

Other schools sports: Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Softball, Step Team, Volleyball

Source: High school directory

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