High School for Health Professions and Human Services
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High School for Health Professions and Human Services
Buses: BM1, M1, M101, M102, M103, M14A, M14D, M15, M15-SBS, M23, M3, M34A-SBS, M8, M9, X10, X12, X14, X28, X37, X38, X68
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)
At a glance
Number of Students 1664
Average Daily Attendance 91%
Metal detectors? No
INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.66 2.40 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Safety & vibe
ARE CLASSES BIG?
Number of students in an average english class31 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?89% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?
How many students say they feel safe in hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?92% 85% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?89% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How Many Students are Chronically Absent?18% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Class of 2014
How many students passed a Regents exam for algebra 2, physics or chemistry?54%
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
Programs and Admissions
School admission priorities:
- Open to New York City residents
Medical Technology and College Preparatory
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.
Medical Science & Research
A three year program, offered starting in tenth grade in partnership with SUNY Albany, focusing on Scientific Research under the mentorship of professionals at partner facilities, internships and preparation for Intel Expo; Students can earn up to 12 college credits.
- English (Scores 85-100) , Math (Scores 85-100) , Science (Scores 85-100) , Social Studies (Scores 85-100)
- Math Levels: Review ; English Language Arts Levels: Review
There may be additional selection criteria, see the High School Directory for more information
AP COURSES: Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, English, Spanish, United States Government and Politics, United States History, World History
EXTRACURRICULAR: After-school Tutoring, Art, Ballroom Dancing, Band, Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC, Book, Cheerleading, Chess, Comprehensive Development Corporation (Naviance: Online College Tracking Tool), Computer, Creative Writing, Dance, Dancing Classrooms High School Rainbow Team Match Competition, Digital Photography, Festival of the Arts, Friends of Latin America (FOLA), Gay/Straight Alliance, Leadership Class, Multicultural Shows, National Honor Society, Nursing, Pace Liberty Partnership, Peer Tutoring, Poetry, Printmaking, REACH (Rewarding Achievement - Incentive program for AP 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, Model UN, Webmasters, Weight Training, Word Game, Yearbook
BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball, Handball, Soccer
GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Cross Country, Flag Football, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball