Institute for Collaborative Education

An Insideschools pick
345 EAST 15TH STREET
MANHATTAN NY 10003 Map
Phone: (212) 475-7972
Website: Click here
Admissions: Citywide/Priority to continuing 8th graders
Principal: Peter Karp
Neighborhood: Gramercy
District: 2
Grade range: 6-12
Parent Coordinator: JUSTIN WHITE
Humanities & Interdisciplinary
Citywide

Buses: BM1, BM2, BM3, BM4, M1, M101, M102, M103, M14A, M14D, M15, M15-SBS, M2, M23, M3, M34A-SBS, M8, M9, X1, X10, X10B, X12, X14, X17, X2, X27, X28, X37, X38, X42, X5, X63, X64, X68, X7, X9

What's special:

School promotes love of learning--not test prep

The downside:

Limited upper level course offerings, especially in high school

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

The Institute for Collaborative Education (ICE) is a small, progressive secondary school that strives to teach children to love learning—not just to take standardized tests. Children may act out scenes from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar as part of their study of Ancient Rome, use earthquake data to map fault lines on their computers, or even travel to Europe with the middle school's award winning jazz band.

ICE belongs to a consortium of 30 New York state high schools whose students are exempt from taking most state-mandated Regents exams. (Middle school students must take the state English and math tests, and high school student must take the English Regents.) Children are evaluated based on their written essays and oral presentations called portfolios.

It's an informal place. Students call teachers by their first names and sometimes use slang when speaking to adults. Blue jeans are the rule, on adults as well as kids. Kids can be boisterous during class changes. But there is real learning going on, and kids seem happy and engaged. There are some non-traditional activities—like testing the water quality of the Bronx River in a biology class--as well as tried-and-true reading assignments like Macbeth or The Great Gatsby. Teachers stay after school to help kids with their homework and often eat lunch with them.

ICE is a member of the Coalition of Essential Schools, a national network of schools founded by education professor Theodore Sizer, who believes that small schools that concentrate on teaching a few subjects well are more effective than large schools that attempt to teach a wide array of subjects.

Peter Karp, a former science teacher at the school who most recently was a curriculum designer at New Visions for Public Schools, became principal in January 2012, replacing founding principal John Pettinato who retired after 20 years at ICE.

Karp introduced an integrated math/science curriculum in the 7th grade called "smath," where kids build models of roller coasters and catapults; 11th graders may take statistics and an introduction to neuroscience course that's so popular that a few graduates have gone on to study neuroscience in college. Students have won awards from the NYC Science and Engineering Fair for projects such as one on the effect of transracial adoptions.

"We've really ramped up our math and science," a teacher told us on one of our visits.

The Institute for Collaborative Education occupies the 5th floor and part of the 4th floor of the former Stuyvesant High School, which it shares with Health Professions and Human Services High School and a District 75 program for autistic children. Large papier-mache sculptures, which the kids made and painted themselves, sit on top of lockers in the hall. Students' science projects are visible everywhere: towers made of straws, bridges made of popsicle sticks to test loads, and posters about earthquakes, avalanches, and pollution in the city's Newtown Creek.

One downside: the small size of the school means course offerings are limited. For example, only three years of high school Spanish are offered. There are no Advanced Placement courses. (Students who want to take advanced courses may arrange to take them at nearby colleges.)

Seniors have internships, rather than regular academic coursework, for their entire second semester, working at architects' offices, law firms, art galleries and a science research labs at local universities.

Parents say that the college counselor, Jennifer Wells, is unusually helpful and accessible. College acceptances include Brown, Colby, Sarah Lawrence, Yale, the University of Chicago, Cornell, Penn State, Middlebury College, Hampshire College, Bard, Bucknell, and College of the Atlantic.

Special education: A full-time special education teacher offers individual help to children with special needs.

After school: The school has girls and boys basketball, soccer, and track teams.

Admissions: The school accepts children from all five boroughs, and kids travel from Brooklyn and even Staten Island to attend. There are 60 seats in the 6th grade, and the number of applications is far greater than the number of seats. Tours are held in October and November. Children may apply for "early admission" in the fall. The school typically has a handful of open seats in the 9th grade and occasionally has seats in other grades, although space was tight in 2014. In keeping with its philosophy, the school does not consider standardized test scores in admission. Children submit a writing sample and visit the school for a day. (Clara Hemphill, February 2014)

Middle InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the former Stuyvesant Campus with two other schools

Number of Students 484

Average Daily Attendance 94%

Uniforms? NA

Students at this school

Asian

  
7%

Black

  
16%

Hispanic

  
16%

White

  
55%

Free Lunch

  
18%

Special ed

  
7%

English Language Learners

  
0%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.63 2.59 CITYWIDE AVERAGE


1 = Far below grade level 2 = Below grade level 3 = At grade level 4 = Above grade level

Safety & vibe

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students say this school offers enough programs to keep them interested?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE KIDS NICE?

How many students complain about bullying?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students say students at their school respect one another?

87% 49% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

91% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

96% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

NA 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students are chronically absent?

11% 23% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam

48% 29% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ela exam

60% hi 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the state science exam

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS Prep

How many 8th graders pass high school regents exams?

Percent of 8th graders who take and pass the algebra regents:

0% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 8th graders who take and pass a science regents:

1% 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How do graduates do in 9th grade?

Percent who pass all their classes freshman year:

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:

NA 3% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

NA 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:

NA 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

NA 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:

NA 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

NA 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

Percent of ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of former ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

0% 18% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the former Stuyvesant Campus with two other schools

Number of Students 484

Average Daily Attendance 94%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
7%

Black

  
16%

Hispanic

  
16%

White

  
55%

Free Lunch

  
18%

Special ed

  
7%

English Language Learners

  
0%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.63 2.39 CITYWIDE AVERAGE


1 = Far below grade level 2 = Below grade level 3 = At grade level 4 = Above grade level

Middle school students reading at grade level:

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Middle school students doing math at grade level:

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Safety & vibe

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

90% 74% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

96% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

94% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

11% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2015

How many students graduated within 4 years?

93% 69% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

97% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

1% 9% 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?

31%

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

0%

Are students ready for college?

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

43% 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

550
424 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 495 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

91% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

501
432 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 511 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

Is the guidance counseling helpful?

How many students say that this school provides helpful counseling on college or job-seeking?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

NA 48% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

NA 57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students with disabilities spend most of the day with non-disabled peers?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners graduated within 4 years?

48% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners graduated within 6 years?

56% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

Institute for Collaborative Education

Screened

Humanities (History & Literature), Mathematics, Applied Sciences, Spanish, Arts & Electives.

Academics

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Big Sibs/Little Sibs Peer Mentoring, Advisory System, Chemistry, Chess, College Bound, Craftmatics, Dance, Leadership, Literary Magazine, Mathletes, Music, NeuroScience Brain Bee, New York Urban Debate League, Ethnomusicology, Film Studies, Outdoors Experience, Performance Perspectives, Photography, Songwriting, Studio Art, Technology, Think CUNY College Now, Youth Media

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball, Soccer

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball

Other schools sports: Basketball, Baseball, Flag Football, Soccer, Softball, Track

Source: High school directory 2015-2016

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