Legacy School for Integrated Studies

34 WEST 14 STREET
MANHATTAN NY 10011 Map
Phone: (212) 645-1980
Website: Click here
Principal: Arleen Liquori
Neighborhood: Chelsea/ Greenwich Village
District: 2
Grade range: 9-12
Wheelchair Accessible

What's special:

Well-loved principal trying to turn school around.

The downside:

The DOE plans to close school because of low attendance and graduation rate.

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Our review:

The vision: Second chance for kids who are way behind in their studies.

The reality: Legacy High School for Integrated Studies has long had a poor record of academic performance and a poor attendance rate. The Department of Education announced plans to phase out the school by not accepting new 9th graders in fall 2012 while permitting current students to stay until graduation.

Students, parents and teachers rallied behind the schoo in 2011l, saying it improved dramatically under the leadership of Joan Mosley, who was named principal in the summer of 2010. Mosley worked closely with the local police precinct to improve the school’s safety and discipline, and most students say they feel safe at the school. Nonetheless the DOE decided to close the school at the end of the 2014-2015 school year. Arleen Liquori, who was the final principal at Brandeis High School when it closed, was brought in to be the principal at Legacy.

Housed in on the 4th and 5th floors of an office building on West 14th Street, Legacy welcomes students other schools shun. Some start 9th grade reading at a 2nd grade level; the strongest students read at a 7th grade level, teachers told us. About one-third of the 360 students are either learning to speak English or have learning disabilities. Some missed more than 100 out of 180 school days in their 8th grade year. Half are overage for their grade. Many arrive mid-year; in 2010, a dozen students enrolled after being released from juvenile detention facilities. Another dozen came from homeless shelters. Three brothers, ages 21, 19 and 16, are living on their own after the death of their foster mother.

The school has a social worker to help students deal with emotional problems and a drop-out prevention program that uses drama as therapy. A sailing program sponsored by the Hudson River Community Sailing uses trips on the river to teach math and science. On our visit, we saw a class in which a teacher showed kids how to fill out financial aid forms for college; another where kids discussed the abolitionist movement; a third in which kids learned basic math skills like adding fractions. Student artwork was on display.

A new small high school, Harvest Collegiate, opened in the building in 2012. (Clara Hemphill, December 2011; updated June 2014)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the building with Harvest Collegiate HS

Number of Students 71

Average Daily Attendance 71%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
0%

Black

  
45%

Hispanic

  
52%

White

  
3%

Free Lunch

  
78%

Special ed

  
34%

English Language Learners

  
4%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.08 2.40 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

10 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

60% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

88% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

90% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

75% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

66% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2014

How many students graduated within 4 years?

36% 73% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

54% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many students graduated within 4 years?

39% 65% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

40% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

28% 10% 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?

0%

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

5%

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

0%

Are students ready for college?

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

0% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

NA
418 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 497 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

26% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

NA
426 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 513 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

Is the guidance counseling helpful?

How many students say that this school provides helpful counseling on college or job-seeking?

85% 76% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

25% 47% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

25% 54% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students with disabilities spend most of the day with non-disabled peers?

70% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say students with disabilities are included in all activities?

91% 89% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners graduated within 4 years?

37% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners graduated within 6 years?

56% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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