Hostos-Lincoln Academy of Science

Grades 6-12
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What’s Special

College classes and lots of emotional support

The Downside

Students must commute between college and middle school

Our Review

Hostos-Lincoln Academy of Science has long been a refuge for high-achievers from the South Bronx who are aiming for college. Just about everyone graduates with some college credit and some even graduate with an associate (two-year) degree from Hostos Community College.

The school, which serves children in grades 6-12, was originally housed on the college campus. Unfortunately, as enrollments at the college boomed, Hostos-Lincoln was forced to find new space. It is now housed in JHS 162, a middle school about one-mile away.

Most students still take classes at the community college, however, and some seniors take nearly all their academic classes there. Students return to the academy for afternoon classes as well as for tutoring, sports, music, science team, and the running club.

The move from the college campus to the middle school building has been tough. Students may no longer use the big college gym and cafeteria, and they cannot stay as late at JHS 162 as they could at the college. According to a Daily News article, police often mistake students for truants during their walk to the college. (On the plus side, JHS 162 has better windows and wider hallways.)

The dynamic changed significantly, said Principal Nicholas Paarlberg. Its harder to maintain a sense of community, a family-environment and smaller class size.

The school is part of the Early College Initiative, a project of the City University of New York designed to better prepare low-income children for college by giving them more demanding course work beginning in middle school.

Paarlberg, a graduate of Oberlin College who taught in private schools, aims to give his students extras that are often missing in public schools. In addition to the basics, students are exposed to poetry, photography, drama and dance. Teacher John Blodgett oversees an award-winning literary magazine, in which students write movingly about teen pregnancy, addicted mothers and absent fathers. The school also has an active gay-straight alliance.

Teachers do all they can to help students through academic and social hardships. Two social workers are on hand to lend emotional support. Parents are also a priority. For our students, the parent-teacher connection is everything, said Paarlberg.

Paarlberg gives his staff the freedom to teach as they think best, which many teachers appreciate. However, a significant number said they would like more feedback on their teaching and a stronger managerial hand, according to the 2012 Learning Environment Survey. Several students told Insideschools they were disappointed that the courses in health professions promised in the high school directory did not materialize. Nonetheless, Hostos-Lincoln offers lots of emotional support and an excellent record of preparing students for college.

Special education: The school offers self-contained as well as team-teaching classes.

College: The college advisor runs seminar classes with seniors and meets with them one-on-one. Forty percent of graduates attend CUNY schools and sixty percent attend SUNYs and privates such as NYU, Union, Amherst and Syracuse. Twenty-five percent attend two-year colleges and 75 percent attend four-year colleges. The school boasts an extensive college counseling program. Graduates have been admitted to top-ranked schools including U. Penn., Columbia, NYU, Barnard, Lehigh, and Colgate, Paarlburg said.

Admissions: Screened. Students are ranked based on their final report card grades from the prior school year, as well as reading and math standardized test scores. Attendance and punctuality are considered. About 75 students are admitted to the middle school and 35-45 spots open up in the high school. Students are asked to write about their strengths and weaknesses and what they need to do to succeed. (Lydie Raschka, October 2012)

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 JHS 162 and University Prep Charter HS
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
112%
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?
67%
74% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
19%
22% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
84%
82% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
46%
48% 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?
78%
77% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
84%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
72%
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?
91%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
79%
83% 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?
7%
30% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
15%
35% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 1 dedicated space for Visual arts
This school has 1 licensed arts teacher in Music

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
60%
68% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
48%
52% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
64%
68% 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 former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
0%
7% 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?
57%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
100%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
100%
89% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
100%
87% 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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