New Visions Charter High School for the Humanities II

455 SOUTHERN BLVD
BRONX NY 10455 Map
Phone: (212) 645-5110
Website: Click here
Admissions: Lottery. Preference District 7
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Principal: Richard González
Neighborhood: South Bronx
District: 7
Grade range: 09 and 10

What's special:

Intense writing focus and a longer school day

The downside:

New school with no track record

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Our review:

New Visions Charter High School for Humanities II (HUM II), housed in the Samuel Gompers Educatonal Campus, opened in 2012. It plans to focus on courses in literature, history and writing, for those interested in careers like law, teaching, journalism or the arts. In the upper grades the school plans to offer AP Government, Media Studies and AP Psychology.

It is modeled after a New Visions school with the same name that opened in September 2011 in the John F. Kennedy building in the Bronx. New Visions for Public Schools, a non-profit founded in 1989, has worked with the Department of Education and community partners to create 135 small schools in New York City.

Ronald Chaluisan, a New Visions spokesperson, said incoming 9th graders are tested early on their reading and writing skills so teachers can help bring them up to 10th grade level over the course of the 9th grade year. Students attend school from 8:30 am to  4:30 pm except on Wednesdays when the school day is shorter. There is a required summer session before and after 9th grade.

The focus at New Visions schools is to strengthen reading, writing and speaking skills in the first two grades. Writing at the high schools is taught in six cycles, with a focus on different genres and skills. Writing is also sharpened in other subject areas.

In a partnership with Lincoln Center Institute, students will attend performances and visit art exhibitions related to their studies on a regular basis. Class size will average 25 students.

A student who attends an existing New Vision charter high school told us at the March 2012 new schools fair, “The staff is very devoted to us. They are very young, in their mid-20s, so they can relate to us.” Another said, “They teach us step-by-step so you don’t feel lost.” Chaluisan added, “Our track record at Kennedy is pretty good.”

The Samuel Gompers Career and Technical High School is closing because of poor performance.

Special education: New Visions plans to increase the number of classes that mix general and special needs students with two teachers so they can adjust the ratio of kids. They will aim for 7-8 children with special needs per class of 25, believing this will serve all students better. Math will be split into five groups and these groups will be flexible according to need. Chaluisan said he welcomes applications from students with special needs and those still learning to speak English.

Admissions: Applications can be submitted online at: www.newvisions.org/Charter and must be completed by April 2. Admission is by lottery if there are more than 125 applicants, otherwise it will be first come, first to get in with preference to kids from District 7. “We are committed to community kids,” said Chaluisan. “We want the same kids that are in the building.” (Lydie Raschka, March 2012, interviews at the high school fair).

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Samuel Gompers HS building

Number of Students 221

Average Daily Attendance NA

Uniforms? NA

Metal detectors? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
1%

Black

  
37%

Hispanic

  
58%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
83%

Special ed

  
21%

English Language Learners

  
11%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.60 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

NA 24 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

60% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

67% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

83% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

61% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

NA 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?

73% 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?

NA 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

92% 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

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