High School for Health Professions and Human Services

Phone: (212) 780-9175
Website: Click here
Admissions: educational option
Neighborhood: Gramercy Park
District: 2
Grade range: 09 thru 12
Parent coordinator: ROSEANN GUERRIERI

What's special:

Top students conduct research at nearby hospitals

The downside:

Halls are jammed and classes are on triple sessions

The InsideStats



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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