School of the Future High School

Grades 6-12
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What’s Special

A warm and nurturing school where kids get lots of individual attention.

The Downside

Awkward building layout.

Our Review

The School of the Future is a warm and creative place that welcomes kids who don\'t fit the mold; students with special needs are accommodated in a way that\'s not stigmatizing. The administration has worked to make academics more challenging for top students and to tighten discipline while keeping the inclusive, nurturing atmosphere for which the school is loved.

Kids seem engaged, and there is a relaxed but respectful rapport between grownups and students. From 6th- 10th grade, students stay with the same group, moving from subject to subject together, so they come to know each other well. Teachers are passionate about their work, and teach unusual courses like Normal is Weird, Labels and the Making of the American Teenager, or Yale for Beginners.

The school attracts teachers with a fiery, social justice bent according to high school director John Fanning. We heard kids discussing the repercussions of Osama bin Ladens death and funeral practices in America. A 10th grader said the range of academic abilities in her class is large and that each teachers skill in accommodating them varies. In math, students sit at tables with kids of like ability. The teacher has a list of equations that get progressively harder and kids are plugged in along the continuum so each feels appropriately challenged. Faster learners may also opt to get honors credit by taking on extra assignments and delving deeper into a subject. No matter what level of ability, with class size from 23 to 26, students get an unusual amount of attention from grownups.

A mentor school for the Coalition of Essential Schools, the national network of progressive schools, the School of the Future requires students in the Senior Institute, as the 11th and 12th grades are called to complete exhibitions, which are 15- 20 page research papers they must defend orally. Topics have included Post-communist Cambodian politics, Mathematical strategies in pool, and A feminist analysis of Arthur Millers work. Similarly, 8th-graders pick a topic they have covered, such as Greek Myths or the Big Bang theory, and present the information to 6th and 7th graders.

The school is arrayed on six floors of an aging building, and students and staff must negoti_ate crowded stairways (or a slowpoke elevator) to get to class. The kids\' lockers are incon_veniently located in the basement, but the building has a nice gym and an adequate cafeteria. The roof has been trans_formed into a garden, with a greenhouse and picnic tables.

The school offers only one foreign language, Spanish, and no instrumental or choral music. It has an unusually strong after school program for middle school students every day until 6 p.m., as well as special activities during school vacations. Students participate in basketball, baseball, salsa, robotics, drama, movie making and martial arts. High school sports include girls volleyball, soccer and baseball. There is a debate team.

About 92 percent of graduates go on to 4-year colleges, the rest to two-year colleges. Recent graduates have been admitted to Bard, Skidmore, Wheaton and Middlebury.

Special education: About 25% of the students receive special education services. They are assigned to regular classes, and a special education teacher gives extra help both in and out of class. This teacher helps the regular classroom teacher modify lessons if, for example, the special needs students needs help with organization.

Admissions: Students from District 2 have preference. The school occa_sionally has room for students from outside the district. Most students enter in 6th grade and approximately 65-70% stay for high school. Middle schoolers join a mock class in small groups of 10-12 students for their interview. Emphasis for admission is placed on elementary school report cards and the interview. About 25-30 new students are accepted for high school yearly. Applicants must submit a portfolio that includes a letter saying why they want to come, samples of their best schoolwork, and a teacher\'s recommendation. The school offers weekly tours in October and November. Email [email protected] to reserve a spot. (This school is featured in New York City\'s Best Public Middle Schools and New York City\'s Best Public High Schools. (Lydie Raschka, June 2011)

About the students

Enrollment
763
Asian
15.6%
Black
11.4%
Hispanic
27.9%
White
37.1%
Other
8.0%
Free or reduced priced lunch
33%
Students with disabilities
20%
English language learners
1%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
98%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
95%
90% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
10%
27% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
83%
74% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
14%
22% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
87%
82% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
56%
48% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
8.9
5.8 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
94%
77% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
86%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
83%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
87%
70% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
94%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
94%
83% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Test scores

How many students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
64%
30% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
66%
35% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 5 dedicated spaces for Theater, Visual arts, an Auditorium, and a Film Studio
This school has 5 licensed arts teachers in Dance (part-time), Theater (part-time), Visual arts (part-time), and Music

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
65%
68% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
49%
52% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
68%
68% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
0%
38% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
95%
87% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
School of the Future HS
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
87%
83% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
0%
13% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
0%
4% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
81%
38% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
89%
48% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
78%
71% 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%
7% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
Average math score for self-contained students
2.32
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.39
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
2.37
2.2 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.33
2.3 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
75%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
97%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
100%
89% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
100%
87% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
82%
67% Citywide Average
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Programs and Admissions

School of the Future
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description

Academics

Language Courses

French, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English, AP Environmental Science

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Handball, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball

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