Herbert H. Lehman High School

Grades 9-12

What’s Special

New leadership is invigorating an old school.

The Downside

Academics are a work in progress.

Our Review

After years of struggling with poor discipline and low academic performance, Lehman High School may be making a comeback. John Powers, formerly an assistant principal at Bronx High School of Science, became principal in 2015 and has hired some of his former Bronx Science colleagues to help reinvigorate the teaching. Attendance, while still below the citywide average, is increasing. Teachers feel more positive about the school, according to annual surveys.

Lehman High School, open to all who live in the attendance zone school, has just 750 students, a sharp decline from 2008 when it had more than 4,300. 

The gigantic Lehman Campus building, which houses more than 4,000 students, is divided into six schools. The principals of all six schools meet frequently and plan together to expand opportunities for their students. For example, each small school opens its Advanced Placement classes to all students in the building. The schools share sports teams and a newly renovated library. The principals are all committed to “restorative justice,” the practice of improving discipline by encouraging students to make amends to those they have wronged, rather than simply punishing them.

Other schools in the building include: Renaissance High School for Musical Theater & Technology, Pelham Lab High School, Schuylerville Prep, Bronx River High School, and Westchester Square Academy.

Although many students fail to graduate on time, the top Lehman students have been admitted to very selective colleges, including Yale University, William and Mary, and Sophie Davis, the CUNY School of Medicine, Powers said. And teachers take care to ensure that even students who drop out of high school have opportunities by, for example, helping them enroll in the Job Corps training and GED program, Powers said.

Special education: Nearly one-quarter of students receive special education services. The schools offers self-contained and team-teaching classes.

Admissions: Zoned school. Out-of zone students also admitted. (Clara Hemphill, telephone interview, June 2017)

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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