High School for Health Professions and Human Services

Grades 9-12
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345 East 15th Street
Manhattan NY 10003
Gramercy (District 2)
Trains: 4, 5, 6, N, Q, R, W to 14th StUnion Square; L to 1st Ave
Buses: M1, M101, M102, M103, M14A, M14D, M15, M15- SBS, M2, M23, M3, M34A-SBS, M8, M9


Robert Gentile
Parent Coordinator
Elizabeth Chow

What’s Special

Top students conduct research at nearby hospitals

The Downside

Halls are jammed and classes are on triple sessions

Our Review

DECEMBER 2009 UPDATE: Robert A. Gentile, formerly an assistant principal at New Utrecht High School, is the principal at the High School of Health Professions and Human Services, as of September 2009. The previous principal, Marta Jimenez, retired.

APRIL 2007 REVIEW: Most students enter the High School of Health Professions and Human Services considering careers in nursing, pharmaceuticals, and the medical sciences. The school attracts students with programs in science research and medical technology, as well as elective classes for forensics and sports medicine.

Responding to the high demand for nurses in the United States, Health Professions offers college-level nursing courses through an affiliation with the New York College of Technology. These courses give students a head start toward a 3-year nursing degree. The school has a connection with Queens College through the College Now program, which offers college-level courses for college credit.

In the Medical Science and Research program that starts in the 10th grade, teachers are trained by the National Academy of Science and other organizations. In a 10th grade class, students were presenting their research to the small class and were expected to evaluate one another's work based on a rubric. One read her report about the effectiveness of prenatal treatment on congenital toxoplasmosis a condition in which a baby is born with a range of symptoms due to a fetal infectionand although she stumbled on some scientific terminology, presented a detailed report. The school also holds a symposium near the end of the year in which a small group of upper class students present and defend their research to an audience of teachers and parents.

In the two-year Medical Technology program, students work in medical labs and focus on studying diseases. Principal Marta Jimenez told us she is working to link the program with a Career and Technical Education endorsement so that graduating students will be certified to work in a medical lab in New York.

Internships are an important part of the curriculum; students intern at nearby hospitals, after school programs, and other community organizations for five semesters, and work with medical staff, tutor patients, or help translate for those who don't speak English.

Sadly, the school no longer offers its Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) course, which offered students the opportunity to be licensed as a paramedic. The staff member who was certified to teach the course retired, and no replacement could be found.

Health Professions takes kids with varying academic skills. While there are double-period literacy classes and tutoring services for struggling students, the school also pays attention to higher achieving kids by offering challenging courses, including Advanced Placement classes. Students are required to take 4 years of math and science classes, and stay with the same teachers for an entire year.

Declared a landmark in 2004, the building, which once housed Stuyvesant High School, shows signs of wear. Problems with the physical plant are being addressed; so far, bathrooms and science labs have been renovated. Overcrowding has eased but the school still runs three overlapping sessions. Hallways are sometimes jammed during class changes. The building is now shared with a 6-12 school, Institute for Collaborative Education (ICE), and a District 75 school, P226, for students with severe disabilities.

Interestingly, there are more girls than boys in the school, and there are gripes about the chancellor's ban on cell phones and the school's dress code (collared shirts and dark pants), although there are "dress down Fridays." The attendance rate is slightly low when compared to other city high schools, but Jimenez attributed this to long-term absentees or truants and adds that the rate for the majority of students is actually closer to 92%.

College acceptances: In 2006, about 80% of graduates went on to 4-year colleges, and another 15% to 2-year colleges, according to the school's college counselor. Some attend CUNY and SUNY colleges others were accepted at Colgate, Columbia, and New York University. (Catherine Man, April 2007)

About the students

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

About the school

Shared campus?
This school shares the former Stuyvesant Campus with two other schools
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average


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

Is this school safe?

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

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
80% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
86% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 3 dedicated spaces for Music and Visual arts
This school has 2 licensed arts teacher in Music and Theater

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
54% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
71% 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?
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
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 English language learners graduate in 4 years?
65% 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?
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
90% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
60% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Medical Science & Research
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description

A three year program, offered starting in tenth grade in partnership with SUNY Albany, focusing on Scientific Research under the mentorship of professionals at partner facilities, internships and preparation for Intel Expo; Students can earn up to 12 college credits.

Medical Assisting and Lab
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description

Emphasis on the basic sciences; hands-on laboratory work using state-of-the-art equipment and computer research in laboratory analyses in the diagnosis and treatment of disease and maintenance of health.


Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP Chemistry, AP English, AP Spanish, AP US Government and Politics, AP US History, AP World History


Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Handball, Soccer

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Cross Country, Flag Football, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball

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