Emma Lazarus High School

Grades 9-12

Location

100 Hester Street
Manhattan NY 10002
Chinatown (District 2)
Trains: 6, N, Q, R, W to Canal St; B, D to Grand St; F to East Broadway; J, Z to Bowery; M to Delancey St-Essex St
Buses: B39, M103, M14A, M15, M15-SBS, M22, M55, M9

Contact

Phone
212-925-5017
Principal
Melody Kellogg

What’s Special

Supportive environment for English Language Learners.

The Downside

Limited sports, art and music.

Our Review

The Emma Lazarus High School offers small classes and a supportive environment for older students who are new to this country and still learning English. Most classes are taught in English, but many of the staff speak other languages. Many teachers are trained to teach English as a Second Language (ESAL) as well as history, science or math. Many teachers have taught outside of the United States.

"We have 18 languages spoken here," Principal Melody Kellogg said on our visit. The top three are Chinese Mandarin and Cantonese and Spanish. Students with different native languages are grouped together in class to encourage them to speak English. In a U.S. history class, Fulani-, French-, and Chinese-speakers discussed federalism and the U.S. Constitution. Most students in the class had been in the country less than 10 months. Many of the students have had low levels of education in their home countries, and face financial hardships as they adjust to life in the United States.

The transfer school shares a building with Pace High School and MS 131. Opened in 2009, Emma Lazarus has a young and dedicated staff and a safe and disciplined atmosphere. Attendance is high, and staffers check in with any student who is absent. In addition to their regular high school courses, students have a triple-period of ESL once a week. The classes we visited seemed to have a good mix of conversational English, grammar, and exercises in writing. Students seemed animated and engaged.

The school offers various internships and career exploration with the New York City Mission Society . After school activities such as yoga, dance class and henna workshops encourage community building and cultural exploration. However, sports, art and music are limited.

Admissions: The school accepts English Language Learners who are at least 16 years old. (Cassandra Lizaire, November 2010)

About the students

Enrollment
309
Asian
48.2%
Black
8.1%
Hispanic
33.3%
White
8.1%
Other
2.3%
Free or reduced priced lunch
94%
Students with disabilities
0%
English language learners
80%
Male
55%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with Pace HS and MS 131
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
86%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
94%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
19%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
86%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
15%
37% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
94%
85% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
81%
57% Citywide Average

About the leadership

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
65%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
86%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
71%
80% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
79%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
93%
86% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 2 dedicated spaces for Dance and Theater
This school has 2 licensed arts teacher in Music (part-time) and Theater (part-time)

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
84%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
62%
54% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
78%
71% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
25%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
15%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
79%
68% Citywide Average
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