Gregorio Luperon High School for Science and Mathematics

Grades 9-12

What’s Special

A beautiful building; students feel inspired to learn

The Downside

Many students with low skills need to catch up

Our Review

Founded in 1994 to serve Spanish-speaking students who are new to this country, Gregorio Luperon is a safe and welcoming school where students feel inspired to learn.

In 2008 the school moved to a new building in the heart of Washington Heights [see photo]. Flooded with light and cheery colors, the school boasts science labs, a large gym, and a library with good-sized worktables, computers and windows overlooking trees and a church with a round stained-glass window.

By the time students graduate, the goal is that each be able to speak fluently in both English and Spanish. When they first arrive, most are behind in academics for their age, according to the Department of Education. "There is a lack of preparation across the board," the principal told us on our 2008 visit to the school. "Many of them do not know how to read or write properly in Spanish."

In their first year, students take Regents exams in Spanish, but by 10th grade they are expected to take most of their state exams in English. Advanced classes are offered in Spanish, Spanish Literature, Music and biology. Top students may take college classes. Extra help is available after school and on Saturdays in science, math, English and social studies, along with Regents test preparation.

Lessons expand beyond the classroom when teens take trips to museums in New York City, and explore U.S. history by visiting Philadelphia and Washington D.C. Government teacher Saulio Tuero created a bilingual unit called "Social Justice & Latinos in NYC: 1913-2013," using articles from the century-old newspaper El Diario. At the end of the unit students create a newspaper of their own according to a Gotham Schools article.

SAT reading and math scores, which are needed to gain entrance to most colleges, are below the citywide average. However, the school does a better than average job of helping kids graduate from high school in six years.

School surveys show that teens feel safe and their teachers inspire to learn. The school tries to support families by offering classes and discussion groups.

After school activities include student council, journalism, student government, yoga, karate, HIV/AIDS awareness, drama, video production and peer mediation. There is a baseball team for boys and a volleyball team for girls.

The school has ties with local organizations, including the Washington-Heights Inwood Coalition, which plans events such as poetry writing with seniors; Dominicans 2000, an award-winning college prep program; and an arts program called Working Playground.

Admissions: Priority to Spanish-speaking Manhattan residents who have lived in the US for fewer than two years. (Lindsey Whitton Christ, September 2008; Lydie Raschka, updated with DOE data and web reports, November 2013)

About the students

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

About the school

Shared campus?
This school is in its own building.
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 1 dedicated space for Music
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?
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?

This school offers Dual Language classes in Spanish.
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
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Bilingual Spanish Science & Mathematics
Admissions Method: Screened: Language & Academics
Program Description

Students take a four year sequence in mathematics and science.


Language Courses

French, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP Computer Science, AP Music Theory, AP Physics, AP Spanish


Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball

Girls PSAL teams


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501 West 165th St
Manhattan NY 10032
Washington Heights (District 6)
Trains: 1, A, C to 168th St - Washington Hts
Buses: Bx6, Bx7, M100, M101, M2, M3, M4, M5


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