Herbert H. Lehman High School

Grades 9-12

What’s Special

One of the last remaining large schools in the Bronx

The Downside

Poor attendance; low graduation rates

Our Review

Lehman High School is slowly stabilizing after a tumultuous decade that almost led to closure due to poor performance and attendance. The once gigantic school is now divided into small learning academies each with a different focus: Technology, Nursing and Pre-Medicine, the Arts, the Law, and a selective program for high achievers called the Anne Hutchinson Academy for Engineering. By 2016 the population will settle at about 1000 students, reduced from more than 4,300 students in 2008.

For decades, Lehman was considered one of the best high schools in the Bronx: a safe school with an immaculate building, colorful murals painted by students and sophisticated level of work done by students in Advanced Placement classes. Enrollment grew by 500 students between 2001 and 2003 as the city closed other large Bronx schools and assigned extra students to Lehman, including many with special needs. Even though the graduation rate held steady, attendance began to decline.

This decline and the upset caused by scandals involving two principals in a row left Lehman on the state's list of failing schools. Rose LoBianco, former assistant principal of Columbus High School took the helm in 2011 and began to implement reforms aided by a small improvement grant. However more uncertainty about whether or not the school would close took its toll on the "emotional stability" of the community, LoBianco said at a public hearing, and many teachers decided to leave. "A lot of healing had to happen," a school counselor told Insideschools at the 2013 high school fair.

Students say the hallways are safer since LoBianco's arrival and there is more attention around social and emotional growth. Seniors are paired with freshmen in a peer leadership program and to address school safety, teachers have been trained in conflict resolution. Instead of detention, students participate in a behavioral support and intervention program, and a team of teachers administers on-call support to at-risk teens.

Attendance is inching up and performance has improved, from an "F" on the city's Progress Report in 2010 to a "D" in 2012. There is still a long way to go: only half the incoming freshmen graduate in four years, and only 16 percent are ready for college-level work.

The 2012 Learning Environment Survey shows a gradual improvement in safety, communication, academic expectations and engagement. Ninety-five percent of the teachers report that LoBianco is an effective manager. "The principal has dedicated herself to very long hours, very long days," said James Rodriquez, coordinator of student affairs, who has been at the school for 25 years. "We're on the upswing. Not where we should be, but we're getting there."

Lehman offers a wide range of Advanced Placement courses and academic clubs, some in math, law and science. The law team has had good success in state and citywide championships, with the help of working lawyers. The schools impressive list of sports teams includes unusual ones like cricket, lacrosse, handball, bowling and flag football.
Lehman shares the building with four schools: Renaissance High School for Musical Theater and Technology, Westchester Square Academy, Pelham Lab High School, Bronx River and Schuylerville Prep.

College: Approximately 94 % of the students who do graduate attend two and four-year colleges, primarily in the City University system. Top students have been accepted to Barnard, Wheaton and Cornell, some on full scholarships. The school had a handful of Posse Scholars who won full tuition in 2012.

Admission: The Anne Hutchinson Academy will accept 60 to 85 students who scored a Level 3 or 4 on state exams and who have good attendance. This program include intensive research, digital academic portfolios, on and off-campus college coursework, internships, and field trips. (Aryn Bloodworth, March 2011, updated by Lydie Raschka based on web reports and interviews, April 2013)

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Lehman High School is slowly stabilizing after a tumultuous decade that almost led to closure due to poor performance and attendance. The once gigantic school is now divided into small learning academies each with a different focus: Technology, Nursing and Pre-Medicine, the Arts, the Law, and a selective program for high achievers called the Anne Hutchinson Academy for Engineering. By 2016 the population will settle at about 1000 students, reduced from more than 4,300 students in 2008.

Attendance is inching up and performance has improved, from an F on the citys Progress Report in 2010 to a D in 2012. There is still a long way to go: only half the incoming freshmen graduate in four years, and only 16 percent are ready for college-level work.

For decades, Lehman was considered one of the best high schools in the Bronx: a safe school with an immaculate building, colorful murals painted by students and sophisticated level of work done by students in Advanced Placement classes. Enrollment grew by 500 students between 2001 and 2003 as the city closed other large Bronx schools and assigned extra students to Lehman, including many with special needs. Even though the graduation rate held steady, attendance began to decline.

This decline and the upset caused by scandals involving two principals in a row left Lehman on the states list of failing schools. Rose LoBianco, former assistant principal of Columbus High School took the helm in 2011 and began to implement reforms aided by a small improvement grant. However more uncertainty about whether or not the school would close took its toll on the emotional stability of the community, LoBianco told GothamSchools, and many teachers decided to leave. A lot of healing had to happen, said a counselor at the 2013 high school fair.

Students say the hallways are safer since LoBiancos arrival and there is more attention around social and emotional growth. Seniors are paired with freshmen in a peer leadership program and to address school safety, teachers have been trained in conflict resolution. Instead of detention, students participate in a behavioral support and intervention program, and a team of teachers administers on-call support to at-risk teens.

The 2012 Learning Environment Survey shows a gradual improvement in safety, communication, academic expectations and engagement. Ninety-five percent of the teachers report that LoBianco is an effective manager. The principal has dedicated herself to very long hours, very long days, said James Rodriquez, coordinator of student affairs, who has been at the school for 25 years. Were on the upswing. Not where we should be, but were getting there.

Lehman offers a wide range of Advanced Placement courses and academic clubs, some in math, law and science. The law team has had good success in state and citywide championships, with the help of working lawyers. The schools impressive list of sports teams includes unusual ones like cricket, lacrosse, handball, bowling and flag football.

Lehman shares the building with four schools: Renaissance High School for Musical Theater and Technology, Westchester Square Academy, Pelham Lab High School, Bronx River and Schuylerville Prep.

College: Approximately 94 % of the students who do graduate attend two and four-year colleges, primarily in the City University system. Top students have been accepted to Barnard, Wheaton and Cornell, some on full scholarships. The school had a handful of Posse Scholars who won full tuition in 2012.

Admission: The Anne Hutchinson Academy will accept 60 to 85 students who scored a Level 3 or 4 on state exams and who have good attendance. This program include intensive research, digital academic portfolios, on and off-campus college coursework, internships, and field trips. (Aryn Bloodworth, March 2011, updated by Lydie Raschka based on web reports and interviews, April 2013)

About the students

Enrollment
829
Asian
13.9%
Black
22.7%
Hispanic
49.8%
White
11.1%
Other
2.5%
Free or reduced priced lunch
71%
Students with disabilities
24%
English language learners
13%
Male
62%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Herbert H. Lehman Educational Campus with five other schools
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
Yes
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
83%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
80%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
50%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
49%
76% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
31%
18% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
57%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
28%
56% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
0.9
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
70%
77% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
64%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
71%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
94%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
95%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
59%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
53%
84% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 9 dedicated spaces for Dance, Music, Visual arts, an Auditorium, and a Film Studio
This school has 8 licensed arts teachers in Dance, Music, and Theater

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
71%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
36%
49% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
66%
70% 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?
52%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
3%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
23%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
21%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
39%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
43%
63% 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%
0% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
36%
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?
69%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
82%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
88%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
88%
89% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
24%
60% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Academy for Computer Technology
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description

A rich academic curriculum with concentrations in programming, computer applications, computer electronics, and repair.

Anne Hutchinson Academy
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description

Courses of study comprised of Honors and AP courses with an emphasis on intensive research, technology application and ethical considerations. Students will be offered the opportunity to select areas of concentration

Zoned
Admissions Method: Zoned Priority
Program Description

Comprehensive Academic Program

Academics

Language Courses

Italian, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Calculus, AP English, AP Environmental Science, AP Psychology, AP Spanish, AP Statistics, AP US Government and Politics, AP US History, AP World History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Indoor Track, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Rugby, Soccer, Tennis, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Flag Football, Indoor Track, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams

Cricket, Stunt

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