Eleanor Roosevelt High School

Grades 9-12
Staff Pick
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What’s Special

Traditional college prep curriculum and strong college office

The Downside

Few openings for out-of-district students, tiny gym

Our Review

Eleanor Roosevelt High SchoolELRO for shorthas a motivated student body, a traditional college-prep curriculum and an excellent record of college admissions. Wide hallways, polished floors, and spotless modern bathrooms make the former Sotheby's warehouse one of the most pleasant school buildings in the cityeven though the cafeteria and gym are small.

In a city where lots of schools have themes and specialties, Eleanor Roosevelt stands out for its gimmick-free curriculum and no-nonsense approach to teaching. Although class discussion and some project work are encouraged, many rooms have desks in rows and lessons led by the teacher standing at the front of the class. All students take four years of college-prep math, science, English, history, and a foreign language; many take multiple advanced placements exams.

The English curriculum focuses on the classics: 9thgraders read The Epic of Gilgamesh, "Oedipus the King," Beowulf and "Macbeth"; 10th-graders read Dantes Inferno (while they study the Italian Renaissance in history) and A Tale of Two Cities by Dickens (while they study the French Revolution); 11th-graders read The Scarlet Letter (while they study U.S. history.) All 9th-graders take geometry and a special class called foundations of math, designed to shore up algebra skills. Most seniors take calculus. The Spanish classes we saw were taught entirely in Spanish.

There is not a lot of choice, said Principal Dimitri Saliani. We expect you to take chemistry. We expect you to take physics. Sometimes, there is a choice between hard or harder, he said. For example, 10th-graders may choose between Regents-prep global history or advanced placement world history.

That said, there are a number of electives, particularly in technology. Students may develop apps for iPhones, study robotics, use a 3-D printer, make a film, or learn computer programming. While many schools ban cellphones and block access to YouTube and Facebook, ELRO gives students access to all websites and encourages them to BYOD (bring your own device). Kids have to learn to deal with distractions, the principal says. Students may leave the building for lunch.

Teachers work hard to build a sense of community among the students and, in a school this small, everyone knows everyone. In September, entering 9th-graders attend an overnight camp to work on team-building skills. There are lots of clubs, including Model UN as well as Zumba and yoga. Students told us the homework load is heavy but not oppressivetwo to three hours a night.

College: A full-time college counselor meets with all students and their parents at least twice for 40 minutes each time. Nearly all graduates go on to four-year colleges; a large proportion go to private colleges, some on full scholarship. Students have been admitted to the University of Chicago, Tufts, Carleton, Barnard, University of Michigan, Oberlin, Occidental and the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Special education: The school has several team-teaching classes, which mix children with special needs and general education students and have two teachers. Students with disabilities who are eligible for team-teaching classes need not meet the same admissions standards as other students.

Admissions: The school has nearly 6,000 applicants for 125 seats each year, so competition to get in is tough. Students must have good attendance, level 3 or 4 on standardized tests, and grades of at least 90 in core academic subjects. Priority in admissions goes to students who live or attend middle school in District 2, and there are very few openings for out-of-district children. There are occasionally seats available in upper grades. (Clara Hemphill, October 2014)

About the students

Enrollment
543
Asian
20.4%
Black
4.1%
Hispanic
10.9%
White
63.4%
Other
1.3%
Free or reduced priced lunch
21%
Students with disabilities
11%
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%)
91%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
96%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
8%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
78%
76% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
3%
18% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
99%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
89%
56% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
8.0
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
63%
77% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
69%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
66%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
88%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
96%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
76%
84% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 0 dedicated spaces for the arts.
This school has 3 licensed arts teachers in Music

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
90%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
68%
49% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
84%
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?
100%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
91%
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?
100%
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?
98%
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?
67%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
94%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
94%
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?
100%
60% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Eleanor Roosevelt High School
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description

A program incorporating the arts and technology as essential components of learning.

Academics

Language Courses

French, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Art History, AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP Chemistry, AP Comparative Government and Politics, AP Economics, AP English, AP Music Theory, AP Statistics, AP US History, AP World History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Tennis

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Cross Country, Flag Football, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams

Golf

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