The College Academy

Grades 9-12

Location

549 Audubon Avenue
Manhattan NY 10040
Washington Heights (District 6)
Trains: 1 to 191st St; A to 190th St
Buses: Bx18, Bx40, Bx42, Bx7, M100, M101, M3, M4, M98

Contact

Phone
212-927-1841
Principal
Timothy Sigerson
Parent Coordinator
Renzo Aliaga

What’s Special

Students create their own mock businesses.

The Downside

Metal detectors.

Our Review

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)

About the students

Enrollment
459
Asian
0.7%
Black
11.1%
Hispanic
86.3%
White
1.1%
Other
0.9%
Free or reduced priced lunch
97%
Students with disabilities
20%
English language learners
44%
Male
60%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the George Washington Educational Campus with four other schools
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
Yes
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
89%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
85%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
49%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
56%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
59%
37% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
67%
85% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
40%
57% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
5.3
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
86%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
83%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
83%
80% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
89%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
83%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
87%
86% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 4 dedicated spaces for Dance, Music, Theater, and Visual arts
This school has 1 licensed art teacher in Music (part-time)

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
63%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
54%
54% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
54%
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?
56%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
2%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
13%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
9%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
14%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
55%
63% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

This school offers Dual Language classes in Spanish.
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
47%
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?
70%
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
88%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
97%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
91%
90% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
26%
60% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

The College Academy
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description

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.

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP English, AP Environmental Science, AP US History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Football, Soccer, Swimming, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Flag Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Volleyball

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NYC Department of Education: School Finder

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