Hostos-Lincoln Academy of Science

Grades 6-12
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Location

600 Saint Ann's Avenue
Bronx NY 10455
Mott Haven (District 7)
Trains: 2, 5 to Jackson Ave ; 6 to East 149th St
Buses: Bx15, Bx17, Bx19, Bx2, Bx21, Bx4, Bx41, Bx41-SBS, Bx4A

Contact

Phone
718-402-5640
Principal
Nicholas Paarlberg
Parent Coordinator
Xiomara Rodriguez

What’s Special

Free college courses, tiny class size, and lots of help for kids learning English

The Downside

Some students feel unsafe in neighborhood outside school

Our Review

Hostos-Lincoln Academy of Sciences, a small school serving grades 6-12, offers students the chance to take free college courses at nearby Hostos Community College. Most students arrive in 6th grade with poor academic skills and many are still learning English, but the school does a good job helping them catch up and nearly half graduate with a two-year-college degree.

Free college tuition is a game changer in the South Bronx community where the median income is about $20,000, says long-time Principal Nicholas Paarlberg. “I tell our parents that when they start out with us that they start with $16,000,” the value of the two-year associate’s degree, he says. “Every time your child is late or misses homework, deduct $1.”

Two strategies have proven useful, particularly for the Latino students who are still learning English. First, a seasoned English teacher works individually with every student at some point, whether they are in his Advanced Placement English or in his class for English Language Learners.  “Kids have had bad experiences with reading,” says the teacher, who goes by his initials TC. “They learned that they were failures. We work on reverting the trauma and focus on high interest stories,” books like Diary of a Wimpy Kid or articles such as “Should People be Allowed to Sell Their Kidneys?”  

Second, juniors and seniors spend their afternoon in one-on-one tutoring sessions with the middle school students. “It is great when the older classmen connects with the material and the student,” TC says. “It is common to hear them say, ‘This part was hard for me too when I was doing this.’”

Small class size in middle school means kids get lots of attention. The school takes part in the Middle School Quality Initiative (MSQI), the city’s program designed to boost reading levels with intense instruction and a longer school day. Students also get small-group instruction in math. Hostos is addressing the very low math skills of incoming middle school students by creating “math teams” to ensure they know math basics.

On the day of our visit, 8th grade drama students received feedback on monologues they wrote themselves and had performed the day before. Seventh graders discussed Finding Someplace, the story of a 13-year-old fashion designer from New Orleans. In 6th grade, students built simple machines.

High school students interested in science may do research with college professors. The school’s science team has won awards at DNA barcoding competitions, which supports teens doing biological research

Some graduates have gone on to four-year- CUNY colleges like Hunter and Baruch as well as private colleges like Vanderbilt and Dickinson. Some have gone into nursing; others to get advanced degrees.

The full-time college advisor shared the story of a student with epilepsy and a love for theater who is now at SUNY Potsdam. The advisor worked to gain the trust of the student’s family to persuade them to permit the student to leave the Bronx for college. 

Hostos-Lincoln shares a building with University Prep Charter. A downside: although students feel safe inside, about one-third of the students responding to school surveys say they don’t feel safe outside the school building.

SPECIAL EDUCATION:  About 20 percent of students receive special education services. All of the 8th grade classes are team-taught and students with Individual Education Plans may take Regents exams in 8th grade. Hostos also creates empathy in students by reading books like Out of My Mind, the story of a disabled girl who overcomes challenges. “It is better to create intrinsic empathy instead of preaching empathy,” says Paarlberg. 

ADMISSIONS: Middle school is open to District 7; there are about 30 seats in high school, which is open citywide but gives priority to continuing 8th-graders. Admission for both middle and high school is based on a review of students ELA and math scores, grades and attendance record. (Jacquie Wayans, Oct 2017)

 

 

About the students

Enrollment
527
Asian
3.0%
Black
19.9%
Hispanic
74.4%
White
1.1%
Other
1.5%
Free or reduced priced lunch
79%
Students with disabilities
20%
English language learners
5%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with I.S. 584 and University Prep Charter HS
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
107%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
92%
90% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
20%
27% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
79%
75% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
29%
45% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
87%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
57%
49% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
11.9
5.8 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
76%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
91%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
68%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
80%
70% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
88%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
84%
84% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Test scores

How many students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
19%
29% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
33%
38% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

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

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
56%
68% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
51%
56% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
61%
69% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Spanish, US History, Living Environment
How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
54%
38% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
85%
87% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
Hostos-Lincoln Academy of Science
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
86%
83% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
17%
13% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
4%
4% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
58%
38% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
77%
48% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
64%
71% 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 score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
10%
3% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
28%
43% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
60%
65% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
Average math score for ICT students
1.93
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
1.94
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.96
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.17
2.2 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
65%
67% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
85%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
93%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
92%
89% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
64%
67% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Hostos-Lincoln Academy of Science
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Outdoor Track

Girls PSAL teams

Cross Country, Outdoor Track, Volleyball

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