The College Academy

Phone: (212) 927-1841
Website: Click here
Admissions: Educational option
Wheelchair accessible
Principal: Peter Sloman
Neighborhood: Washington Heights
District: 6
Grade range: 09 thru 12
Parent coordinator: MINERVA SANTIAGO

What's special:

Students create their own mock businesses.

The downside:

Metal detectors.

The InsideStats


Our review

Housed in the George Washington High School complex, the College Academy offer students a chance to create their own mock business as part of the Virtual Enterprise program. The school has a dress code of white or light blue shirt and navy or black pants.

Formerly called the High School for International Business and Finance, the school’s name was changed in 2010. The same year, Principal Juan Alvarez was removed after he tackled a student, Gotham Schools reported. A new principal, Peter Slocum, did not respond to Insideschools’ request to visit in 2011.

The school has above average attendance and a graduation rate that is slightly above the citywide average, even though more than one-third of the students are new immigrants and most students enter 9th grade with reading skills that are well below grade level. Most teachers say the principal is an effective manager, according to the Learning Environment Survey.

The campus has a well-kept track and football field. Sports include boys’ baseball, basketball, and football; and girls’ basketball, soccer softball and soccer.

Students say there are sometimes physical fights in the school. While most say they feel safe in class, some complain about incidents on school property outside the school, according to the survey. Students must pass through metal detectors.

Admissions: Students are admitted according to the educational option formula designed to ensure a mix of low, average and high achieving students. (Clara Hemphill, DOE statistics, March 2012)

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