Baruch College Campus High School

Grades 9-12
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What’s Special

Traditional curriculum with progressive teaching techniques

The Downside

Cramped quarters

Our Review

Baruch College Campus High School has an imaginative approach to academics with an emphasis on learning to write well. Students read classical texts such as the Epic of Gilgamesh and the Odyssey as well as contemporary non-fiction such as Fast Food Nation (an expose of the food industry) and Three Cups of Tea (the story of an American who builds schools in Afghanistan).

The school has a very demanding work load. Students say they routinely have three hours of homework a night. A kid who struggles with organization is going to struggle here, says Principal Alicia Perez-Katz. But the payoff is great: nearly every graduate goes on to a four-year-college, including some very selective ones.

Historical lessons are tied into contemporary issues, so students learning about the Great Depression may also consider the sub-prime mortgage crisis of 2008. Teachers encourage students to ask, How do you make a difference in society? says the principal. As part of a class on personal finance, students made a $375 loan to a woman in Mongolia to start cloth trading business.

Classes are interdisciplinary, so students may learn about the Fibonacci numbers in math while learning to draw snails or flowers with spirals based on that sequence. Ninth graders have two English classes, one of which focuses on literature and the other on writing. Class size, once significantly smaller than other public high schools, has grown to 30 to 35 students.

Baruch High School occupies five floors in a former office building, which used to house the School for the Physical City (now closed). The school was originally founded as a collaboration with Baruch College, but it is no longer on the college campus. Students may take college classes as part of the College Now program.

Limited course offerings are one drawback of a small school: Spanish is the only foreign language taught, and students may only take three years. (French is offered twice a week as an elective). One third of students responding to the 2011 Learning Environment survey said the school didnt offer enough variety in courses and activities to keep them interested. While Baruch offers a good studio art class, music, dance and theater are limited. Baruch fields 10 sports teams, including basketball, soccer, volleyball, baseball, softball, and track.

There is some friction between the administration and faculty. Fewer than half the teachers responding to the survey said the administration invites them to play a meaningful role in setting goals for school. The principal acknowledges some tension, but said it is appropriate for her to make significant decisions.

Special education: Fewer than a dozen students receive special education services, including SETSS, speech and occupational therapy. Students who need extra academic support may stay after school for 50-minute sessions three times a week.

College admissions: The college office has a full-time college counselor, a part-time and one volunteer. Students have been accepted by Harvard, Columbia, Barnard, the University of Michigan, the University of California at Berkeley, Vassar, Cornell, Antioch, New York University, and Howard University.

Admissions:District 2 priority. In recent years, the school has only admitted students from the district. The principal says she looks for \"kids who are willing to work hard\" rather than those with the highest scores. The school has more than 7,000 applicants for 120 seats. There are significantly more girls than boys and the majority of the students are Asian. Call early in September to make an appointment for a tour. (Clara Hemphill, May 2011)

About the students

Enrollment
440
Asian
45.0%
Black
4.6%
Hispanic
14.3%
White
33.9%
Other
2.3%
Free or reduced priced lunch
43%
Students with disabilities
15%
English language learners
0%
Male
40%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
84%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
97%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
5%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
63%
76% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
7%
18% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
92%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
78%
56% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
0.9
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
44%
77% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
44%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
50%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
65%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
100%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
75%
84% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 1 dedicated space for Visual arts
This school has 1 licensed arts teacher in Music

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
75%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
60%
49% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
74%
70% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
99%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
38%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
0%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
94%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
99%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
90%
63% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
0%
0% 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?
66%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
72%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
89%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
94%
89% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
90%
60% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Baruch College
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description

Comprehensive interdisciplinary liberal arts program.

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP Comparative Government and Politics, AP English, AP US History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Fencing, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball

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