The College Academy
Manhattan NY 10040
Students create their own mock businesses.
Housed in the George Washington High School complex, the College Academy offer students a chance to create their own mock business as part of the Virtual Enterprise program. The school has a dress code of white or light blue shirt and navy or black pants.
Formerly called the High School for International Business and Finance, the schools name was changed in 2010. The same year, Principal Juan Alvarez was removed after he tackled a student, Gotham Schools reported. A new principal, Peter Slocum, did not respond to Insideschools request to visit in 2011.
The school has above average attendance and a graduation rate that is slightly above the citywide average, even though more than one-third of the students are new immigrants and most students enter 9th grade with reading skills that are well below grade level. Most teachers say the principal is an effective manager, according to the Learning Environment Survey.
The campus has a well-kept track and football field. Sports include boys baseball, basketball, and football; and girls basketball, soccer softball and soccer.
Students say there are sometimes physical fights in the school. While most say they feel safe in class, some complain about incidents on school property outside the school, according to the survey. Students must pass through metal detectors.
Admissions: Students are admitted according to the educational option formula designed to ensure a mix of low, average and high achieving students. (Clara Hemphill, DOE statistics, March 2012)
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Programs and Admissions
Business simulation program that allows students to operate their own virtual business on a global scale. Internships and mentorships in firms throughout New York City.
Advanced Placement (AP) courses
AP Biology, AP English, AP Environmental Science, AP US History
Boys PSAL teams
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Soccer, Swimming, Wrestling
Girls PSAL teams
Basketball, Flag Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Volleyball