Central Park East High School

Grades 9-12
Staff Pick Staff Pick for Special Ed
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Location

1573 Madison Avenue
Manhattan NY 10029
East Harlem (District 4)
Trains: 2, 3 to Central Park North- 110th St; 6 to 103rd St; 6 to 110th St
Buses: M1, M101, M102, M103, M106, M116, M15, M15-SBS, M2, M3, M4, M96, M98

Contact

Phone
212-860-5929
Principal
Bennett Lieberman
Parent Coordinator
Sherry Lisbon

What’s Special

New track field, football team, good college office

The Downside

Some classrooms are cramped

Our Review

Central Park East High School offers small classes, an emphasis on writing, and a full-time college counselor who has helped students get into some top colleges. The school has more sports teams than are typically offered at a small school, including a football team made up to students from a number of high schools in northern Manhattan. It has a beautiful outdoor track, part of a $1.8 million renovation of the playground shared by other schools in the building.

The high school, occupying the basement, the ground floor, and part of the third floor of the Jackie Robinson Education Complex, successfully integrates students receiving special education services into regular classes, many of which have two teachers. Classes typically have 23 students, and the small class size allows teachers to focus on improving students' writing.Class trips help bring the curriculum to life. For example, students visited the Cathedral of St. John the Divine as part of their study of the architecture and religion of the Middle Ages.

Principal Bennett Lieberman encourages teachers to plan lessons together, so, for example, all teachers instruct their students how to take notes in the same way. One of the problems students encounter when adjusting to high school, he says, is having "seven different teachers with seven different sets of expectations." The joint planning makes the transition to ninth grade easier, he says.

In 2012, the school won a $250,000 grant to better prepare black and Latino boys for college. Lieberman said the three-year city grant, called the Expanded Success Initiative, will be used to revamp the math and English curriculum using a program called Springboard, designed to better prepare students for Advanced Placement classes.

Central Park East Secondary School was founded by the celebrated progressive educator, Debbie Meier in 1985, but after Meier left New York for Boston in 1996, the school suffered from rapid teacher turnover, low staff morale and low levels of student achievement. Under Liebermans leadership, the school has rebounded but with a traditional bent. The Central Park East Elementary School, also in the building, retains its Meier-era philosophy and tone.

The school has a full time college counselor and graduates have been admitted to Syracuse University, Barnard, New York University and Cornell, Lieberman said.

After school: Sports teams include boys and girls basketball, boys and girls volleyball, coed track and field, girls softball, boys baseball and boys football. There is also a golf club and a cheerleading team. The PSAL teams, known as East Harlem Pride, include students from two other East Harlem high schools, Park East and Heritage. That's why we are able to offer so many more sports than most small schools," says Lieberman. The football team also includes students from other schools in northern Manhattan, he said.

Special education: The school is committed to integrating students with special needs in general education classes. Classroom teachers have different expectations (and different homework assignments) depending on different children's strengths and weaknesses. Teachers strive to support children who struggle while challenging those who are more able. "The teachers are really, really flexible," Lieberman said. There are collaborative team-teaching (CTT) classes, with two teachers, one a special education specialist, for all grades and all subjects. At-risk students are assigned to a "mentor teacher" who makes sure they receive all the services to which they are entitled. "We've really embraced special education," Lieberman said.

Admissions: Open houses are scheduled every fall. Students may apply from anywhere in New York City. Admission is screened, and preference is given to children with a good attendance record and grades above 75. "One of our big goals has been to recruit student athletes," Lieberman said. (Clara Hemphill, February 2010, updated June 2012)

About the students

Enrollment
490
Asian
9.8%
Black
24.9%
Hispanic
57.1%
White
6.3%
Other
1.8%
Free or reduced priced lunch
84%
Students with disabilities
15%
English language learners
3%
Male
34%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with East Harlem Scholars Academy Charter School
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
79%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
95%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
13%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
100%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
13%
37% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
98%
85% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
87%
57% 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?
100%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
96%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
100%
80% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
74%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
98%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
100%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
100%
86% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 2 dedicated spaces for Visual and Media arts
This school has 1 licensed art teacher in Music

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
88%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
64%
54% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
89%
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?
93%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
27%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
1%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
61%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
41%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
96%
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?
100%
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?
73%
68% 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?
95%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
100%
90% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
94%
60% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Central Park East
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Calculus, AP English, AP Environmental Science, AP Statistics, AP US History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Football, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Volleyball, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Flag Football, Golf, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball

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