High School for Health Professions and Human Services

345 EAST 15TH STREET
MANHATTAN NY 10003 Map
Phone: (212) 780-9175
Website: Click here
Admissions: educational option
Principal: ROBERT GENTILE
Neighborhood: Gramercy Park
District:2
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: ROSEANN GUERRIERI
Health Professions

Buses: M1, M101, M103, M14AD, M15, M2, M23, M3, M34A-SBS, M8, M9

What's special:

Top students conduct research at nearby hospitals

The downside:

Halls are jammed and classes are on triple sessions

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

The High School for Health Professions and Human Services offers a range of science courses as part of a traditional high school curriculum. Top students may conduct research with mentors at nearby hospitals and a few even compete in the Intel Science Talent Search. The school also offers courses in nutrition, forensics, and a combined art and anatomy class.

The school discontinued its programs to train nurses and Emergency Medical Technicians because it couldn’t find replacements for teachers who retired. However, students interested in health professions may have internships at doctors’ offices, hospitals and community organizations during the summer and after school.

Housed in the old Stuyvesant High School building, which it shares with the Institute for Collaborative Education, Health Professions is seriously overcrowded. Starting times are staggered from 7:20 to 9 a.m. to accommodate triple sessions. Seniors may leave as early as noon; other grades stay until 4 p.m. The library and cafeteria double as classrooms. Physical education classes such as yoga may have 50 students. The overburdened building shows signs of wear: the halls could use a paint job and floors are scuffed.

Nonetheless, the tone of the school is pleasant, and most students seem happy to be here. The attendance and graduation rates are higher than the citywide average, and kids say they feel safe. There are no metal detectors and bathrooms are unlocked. The school is about 70% female. Academic classes are mostly traditional, with desks in rows and teachers at the front of the room. Students say the workload is not overwhelming. Several told us they spend less than an hour a night on homework, including one who was enrolled in two Advanced Placement classes.

There are a range of academic abilities. About 125 of the strongest students are enrolled in the science research program. Beginning in 10th grade, they learn how to conduct experiments and work with mentors in addition to taking their regular chemistry or physics classes. Other students are assigned to the “medical technology course” in which they may study topics like nutrition or forensics. Students who struggle with basic skills may be assigned to “Ramp-up” classes where they get intensive reading help.

Robert A. Gentile, formerly an assistant principal at New Utrecht High School, has been principal since September 2009.

Most graduates attend CUNY and SUNY schools. A college counselor from the non-profit organization, Comprehensive Development Inc., has begun working with students to encourage them to consider attending colleges out of state. Nearly 70% of graduates enrolled in either a 2-year or a 4-year college, according to the school’s 2011 Progress Report.

Special education:About 10 percent of the students receive special education services, including speech, occupational therapy, physical therapy, Special Education Teacher Support Services (SETSS) and Integrated Co-Teaching (ICT.)

Admissions: The medical science and research program, with about 125 seats, gives preference to students with good attendance records who scored Level 3 or 4 on standardized tests and who earned at least 85 in core academic subjects. Students are admitted to the medical technology program according to the educational option formula designed to provide a mix of low- average and high-achieving students. (Clara Hemphill, October 2011)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

Former Stuyvesant Campus

Number of Students 1706

Average Daily Attendance 92%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
22%

Black

  
22%

Hispanic

  
49%

White

  
6%

Free Lunch

  
100%

Special ed

  
13%

English Language Learners

  
5%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 3.10 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

31 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

59% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

85% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

87% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

90% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

18% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

86% 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

88% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

88% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

21% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

93% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

2% 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?

11%

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

39%

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

43%

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?

42% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

433
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

78%

SAT math scores

442
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% 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?

40% 45% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students starting school in 2006 graduated within 6 years?

46% 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?

85% 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. Open to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

Medical Science & Research

Screened

A 3-year program beginning in 10th grade with SUNY Albany (12 college credits), on Scientific Research under the mentorship of professionals at partner facilities, internships and preparation for Intel Expo; credit-bearing college coursework.

Selection Criteria

  • English (85-100) , Math (85-100) , Science (85-100) , Social Studies (85-100)
  • Math Levels: 3-4 ; English Language Arts Levels: 3-4

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

Medical Technology and College Preparatory

Ed. Opt.

Emphasis on the basic sciences; hands-on laboratory work using state-of-the-art equipment and computer research in laboratory analyses in the diagnosis and treatment of disease and maintenance of health.

Academics

AP COURSES: Biology, Calculus AB, Chemistry, English Literature and Composition, Government and Politics: Comparative, Physics B, Spanish Language, United States History, World History

Online: N/A

Language classes: Spanish

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: After-school Tutoring, Art, Ballroom Dancing, Band, Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC, Book Club, Cheerleading, Chess, Comprehensive Development Corporation (Naviance: Online College Tracking Tool), Computer, Creative Writing, Dance Club, Dancing Classrooms High School Rainbow Team Match Competition, Digital Photography, Festival of the Arts, Friends of Latin America (FOLA), Gay/Straight Alliance, Government, Leadership Class, Multicultural Shows, National Honor Society, Nursing, Pace Liberty Partnership, Peer Tutoring, Poetry, Printmaking, REACH (Rewarding Achievement – Incentive program for Advanced Placement courses), Recipe Writing/Cooking, Rise to College, SAT Prep, School Newspaper, Science Research, Senior Class Government, Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) Scholars Program, Student Government, Teen Talk, Trips to Theater Productions, United Nations, Webmasters, Weight Training, Word Game, Yearbook

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

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Softball, Volleyball & JV Volleyball

Other schools sports: N/A

Source: High school directory

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