The Maxine Greene High School for Imaginative Inquiry

Grades 9-12

What’s Special

Art is integrated into history and English classes.

The Downside

Attendance is poor.

Our Review

The vision: Students learn about history and literature by looking at works of art, watching plays or listening to music.

The reality: Arts, Imagination and Inquiry, housed in the Martin Luther King Jr. Educational Complex has regular academic programnot a program designed to produce artists.

Rather than teaching art as a separate subject, classroom teachers integrate art projects into history and English classes. For example, students made cutouts from black and white construction paper to illustrate themes in the Abolitionist movement. A global history teacher took students to see the Islamic art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Students might listen to blue grass music as part of a lesson on U.S. history or see a play by Shakespeare at Lincoln Center. The school has a music teacher but no regular art teacher on staff.

The school was founded in collaboration with the not-for-profit Lincoln Center Institute just across the street, and teaching artists from that organization visit the school in the fall to help teachers plan their lessons, said Principal Steve Noonan, who founded the school in 2005. Students get tickets to see plays and attend concerts.

Most students enter 9th grade with weak academic skills and the school offers small classes to help them catch up. The school has struggled with poor attendance and high suspension rates, but both are improving, Noonan said. One teacher discovered he could get kids to come on time to class if he provided breakfast in the classroom. The suspension rate decreased after the school instituted what Noonan calls restorative justice. A student who is rude might be asked to write a letter of apology, for example.

Students must pass through metal detectors to enter the building, and they have their lunch, starting at 10:30 a.m. in a noisy, windowless cafeteria. Sports teams are made up of students from all five mini-schools, and the soccer team is particularly strong.

Special education: The school has a strong commitment to special education. It offers "collaborative team teaching" as well as self-contained classes.

College admissions: CUNY and SUNY colleges are popular choices. Several students have won POSSE scholarships.

Admissions: The school is unscreened and open to students from all five boroughs. (Clara Hemphill, January 2012)

About the students

Enrollment
442
Asian
1.4%
Black
37.3%
Hispanic
56.6%
White
2.3%
Other
2.5%
Free or reduced priced lunch
78%
Students with disabilities
22%
English language learners
12%
Male
45%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Martin Luther King, Jr. Educational Campus with four other schools
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
Yes
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
94%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
81%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
54%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
67%
76% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
19%
18% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
82%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
41%
56% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
11.0
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?
67%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
84%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
69%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
98%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
60%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
74%
84% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 3 dedicated spaces for Dance, Theater, and an Auditorium
This school has 1 licensed arts teacher in Visual arts

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
61%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
37%
49% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
64%
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?
63%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
0%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
7%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
11%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
15%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
54%
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 many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
41%
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?
76%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
65%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
81%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
76%
89% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
39%
60% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

High School for Arts, Imagination and Inquiry
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

Academics

Language Courses

French

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP US Government and Politics, AP US History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Handball, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Volleyball, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Badminton, Basketball, Bowling, Flag Football, Handball, Indoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball, Wrestling

Coed PSAL teams

Double Dutch

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