Baruch College Campus High School

An Insideschools pick
55 EAST 25 STREET
MANHATTAN NY 10010 Map
Phone: (212) 683-7440
Website: Click here
Admissions: District 2 priority
Principal: Alicia Perez Katz
Neighborhood: Gramercy Park
District:2
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: JANICE SALMERI
Humanities & Interdisciplinary
Wheelchair Accessible
Screened

Buses: M1, M101, M15, M2, M23, M3, M34A-SBS, M4, M5

What's special:

Traditional curriculum with progressive teaching techniques

The downside:

Cramped quarters

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Baruch College Campus High School has an imaginative approach to academics with an emphasis on learning to write well. Students read classical texts such as the Epic of Gilgamesh and the Odyssey as well as contemporary non-fiction such as Fast Food Nation (an expose of the food industry) and Three Cups of Tea (the story of an American who builds schools in Afghanistan).

The school has a very demanding work load. Students say they routinely have three hours of homework a night. “A kid who struggles with organization is going to struggle here,” says Principal Alicia Perez-Katz. But the payoff is great: nearly every graduate goes on to a four-year-college, including some very selective ones.

Historical lessons are tied into contemporary issues, so students learning about the Great Depression may also consider the sub-prime mortgage crisis of 2008. Teachers encourage students to ask, “How do you make a difference in society?” says the principal. As part of a class on personal finance, students made a $375 loan to a woman in Mongolia to start cloth trading business.  

Classes are interdisciplinary, so students may learn about the Fibonacci numbers in math while learning to draw snails or flowers with spirals based on that sequence. Ninth graders have two English classes, one of which focuses on literature and the other on writing. Class size, once significantly smaller than other public high schools, has grown to 30 to 35 students.

Baruch High School occupies five floors in a former office building, which used to house the School for the Physical City (now closed). The school was originally founded as a collaboration with Baruch College, but it is no longer on the college campus. Students may take college classes as part of the College Now program.

Limited course offerings are one drawback of a small school: Spanish is the only foreign language taught, and students may only take three years. (French is offered twice a week as an elective). One third of students responding to the 2011 Learning Environment survey said the school didn’t offer enough variety in courses and activities to keep them interested. While Baruch offers a good studio art class, music, dance and theater are limited. Baruch fields 10 sports teams, including basketball, soccer, volleyball, baseball, softball, and track.

There is some friction between the administration and faculty. Fewer than half the teachers responding to the survey said the administration “invites them to play a meaningful role in setting goals for school.” The principal acknowledges some tension, but said it is appropriate for her to make significant decisions.  

Special education: Fewer than a dozen students receive special education services, including SETSS, speech and occupational therapy. Students who need extra academic support may stay after school for 50-minute sessions three times a week.

College admissions: The college office has a full-time college counselor, a part-time and one volunteer. Students have been accepted by Harvard, Columbia, Barnard, the University of Michigan, the University of California at Berkeley, Vassar, Cornell, Antioch, New York University, and Howard University.

Admissions: District 2 priority. In recent years, the school has only admitted students from the district.  The principal says she looks for "kids who are willing to work hard" rather than those with the highest scores. The school has more than 7,000 applicants for 120 seats. There are significantly more girls than boys and the majority of the students are Asian. Call early in September to make an appointment for a tour. (Clara Hemphill, May 2011)

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 439

Average Daily Attendance 98%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
59%

Black

  
6%

Hispanic

  
15%

White

  
20%

Free Lunch

  
66%

Special ed

  
6%

English Language Learners

  
0%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 3.50 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

28 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

72% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

90% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

92% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

78% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

3% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

99% 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

100% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

100% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

45% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

98% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

0% 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?

45%

How Many Students took a College Course and Got a "C" or Higher?

52%

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

80%

Are students ready for college?

How many 2009 freshmen graduated in four years with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?

91% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

523
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2009 freshmen graduated in four years and enrolled in college?

96%

SAT math scores

596
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?

81% 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?

100% 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 District 2 students or residents
  2. Then to Manhattan students or residents
  3. Then to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

Baruch College

Screened

Comprehensive interdisciplinary liberal arts program.

Selection Criteria

  • English (85-100) , Math (85-100) , Science (85-100) , Social Studies (85-100)
  • Math Levels: 2-4 ; English Language Arts Levels: 2-4

There may be additional selection criteria, see the High School Directory for more information

Academics

AP COURSES: Biology, Calculus AB, English Literature and Composition, Government and Politics: Comparative, United States History

Online: Economics: Micro

Language classes: Spanish

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: A Capella, After-school Open Help Sessions (in all academic areas), Amnesty International, Annual School Play, Art, Community Service, Dance, Debate, Drama, Drumming, Film, Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), International Exchange, Lorax (Environmental Club), Model United Nations, National Honor Society, National Honor Society (NHS), Peer Tutoring, Rap, Red Cross, School Newspaper, Senior Mentors, Social, SQUAD, Student Government, UNICEF, Writing, Yearbook

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball & JV Basketball, Soccer

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Fencing, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball

Other schools sports: Badminton, Cheerleading, Running Club

Source: High school directory

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