International High School for Health Sciences

48-01 90 STREET
QUEENS NY 11373 Map
Phone: (718) 595-8600
Admissions: New immigrants & non-English speakers in Queens
Principal: CARL FINNEY
Neighborhood: Elmhurst
District:24
Grade range: 9 & 10
Parent Coordinator: Randy Pena
Health Professions
ESL Only
New School

Buses: Q29, Q58

What's special:

School prepares English language learners for careers in health and medicine

The downside:

Too soon to tell

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

The International High School for Health Sciences, opening on the campus of  Newtown High School in September 2013, seeks to prepare students new to the United States for college work and careers in health. As a member of the Internationals Network of Public Schools, it offers small classes and personalized attention for students who come in speaking a variety of different languages and have widely varying educational backgrounds.

All classes are conducted in English, though the school has many staff members who speak another language. To help students learn English, and to insure that those with limited proficiency understand the subject matter, Health Sciences takes a hands-on approach to learning about biology and other subjects. For example, having students extract and analyze DNA, says proposed school leader C. Anthony Finney, provides students with a "rich context" in which to learn English. Finney taught biology at another Internationals Network school, Flushing International.

The school offers the standard four-year sequence for a Regents diploma. Ninth-graders take a course in health careers and 10th-graders study public health and global health. There is an intern program for 11th-graders. Students also gain practical skills including CPR and first aid. Finney anticipates that the health focus will influence the overall curriculum, so in English literature students might study a play with a public health theme.

Students participate in sports with Newtown High School.

Admissions: Students must have been in the United States for less than four years and be learning English. Queens residents have priority, though the school is open to new immigrants from throughout the city. (Gail Robinson, April 2013, based on interviews and information from the high school fair)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the building with Newtown High School

Number of Students 50

Average Daily Attendance 92%

Uniforms? Yes

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
16%

Black

  
4%

Hispanic

  
72%

White

  
8%

Free Lunch

  
100%

Special ed

  
0%

English Language Learners

  
96%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: NA 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

23 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

93% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

100% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

84% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

100% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

NA 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?

74% 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?

NA 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 Queens residents who have lived in the United States four years or fewer at the time of admission to high school and whose home language is not English and are English Language Learners as per New York City Department of Education guidelines
  2. Then to New York City residents who have lived in the United States four years or fewer at the time of admission to high school and whose home language is not English and are English Language Learners as per New York City Department of Education guidelines

Source: High school directory

International High School for Health Sciences

Screened: Language

Academics

AP COURCES: N/A

Online: N/A

Language classes: N/A

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: DNA Research Team, Astronomy Club

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball & JV Baseball, Basketball & JV Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Golf, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Cross Country, Gymnastics, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball & JV Softball, Tennis, Volleyball & JV Volleyball

Other schools sports: N/A

Source: High school directory

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