Institute for Health Professions at Cambria Heights

207- 01 116TH AVENUE
QUEENS NY 11411 Map
Phone: (718) 723-7301
Website: Click here
Admissions: Queens priority
Principal: Gareth Robinson
Neighborhood: Cambria Heights
District: 29
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: TRUDYA PRIDGEN
Health Professions
New School
Vocational

Buses: Q27, Q4, Q77, Q83, Q84, X64

What's special:

Students can earn EMT or nurse's aide certification and train for careers in the medical field

The downside:

Security concerns in the building

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Institute for Health Professions at Cambria Heights is a Career and Technical Education (CTE) school where students can graduate from high school with qualifications to get a job as an Emergency Medical Technician or a nursing assistant.

Principal Gareth Robinson says the school offers a full college preparatory program in addition to preparing students for careers in health. “Our number one objective is to develop academic and leadership skills for our students to be successful in college,” Robinson said.

Institute for Health Professions has a standard Regents-prep program with math, English, history and science. To increase students’ exposure to health careers, art classes integrate science with activities like medical anatomy drawing or painting.

After a 10th grade "health core" CTE class, students choose either the nursing assistant or EMT track. Through the school’s partnerships with Hofstra and Northshore Long Island Jewish Hospital, students will have guest speakers and get hands-on experience in the medical profession through field visits and internships. Upperclassmen begin work in their chosen CTE path by 12th grade, Robinson said: nursing assistants work 30 hours per week in a long-term care facility and EMTs spend at least 10 hours a week working on an ambulance. Students may also earn FEMA emergency response training through the hospital, Robinson said. 

Robinson is an experienced educator who began teaching in 2000 with the first cohort of New York Teaching Fellows. Most recently, he taught humanities and served as a dean at the High School for Law Enforcement and Public Safety in Jamaica.

Institute for Health Professions is housed in the shared Campus Magnet building in a residential area in Cambria Heights. Four other schools share the building: Humanities & Arts Magnet High School; Mathematics, Science Research and Technology Magnet High School; Business, Computer Entrepreneurship and Computer Applications High School and Law, Government and Community Service High School.

The building has been plagued with safety issues and students must pass through scanners on the way into school. But Robinson says his students start school later than other students in the building and there are dedicated stairwells for Institute for Health Professions students. Another downside is the school’s location, which is not near any subway stops. Students may play on sports teams with other schools in the building and Robinson says he hopes to reopen the building’s now-dormant swimming pool and start a swim team, as well as a lacrosse team.

Students are required to wear uniforms of navy blue pants and gray polo shirts with the schools logo. Juniors and seniors will wear scrubs for the nursing assistant track or cargo pants and polo shirts for the EMT track.

Admissions: Priority to Queens residents and students who attend an open house or information session. Robinson said the school is a good fit for students who are interested in medicine and science and like working in teams. (Anna Schneider, phone interview and web reports, April 2013.)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This schools shares the Magnet Educational (Andrew Jackson) Campus with three other schools

Number of Students 285

Average Daily Attendance 89%

Uniforms? Yes

Metal detectors? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
8%

Black

  
73%

Hispanic

  
10%

White

  
3%

Free Lunch

  
73%

Special ed

  
12%

English Language Learners

  
5%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.35 2.39 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 NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

81% 74% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

100% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

84% 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?

34% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2015

How many students graduated within 4 years?

NA 69% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

NA 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

NA 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?

NA

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

NA 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

NA
424 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 495 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

NA
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 Health Professions at Cambria Heights

Limited Unscreened

Academics

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Health Occupations Students of America, Student Government, Mentoring, Fairness Committee, Student Ambassadors, Dance, Step Team, Art, Service Learning Program

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Volleyball

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

Source: High school directory 2015-2016

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