Felisa Rincon de Gautier Institute for Law and Public Policy, The

Grades 9-12

What’s Special

Bright and clean building

The Downside

Kids dont feel safe outside

Our Review

The Felisa Rincon de Gautier Institute for Law and Public Policy shares the Soundview Educational Campus with Bronx Arena, a transfer school. The building has no gymnasium or auditorium, but hallways feel spacious, and rooms are bright and clean. Most students come in with very weak academic skills, and the school does a pretty good job getting them to graduate on time.

UnfortunateIy, nearly half of the students responding to the Learning Environment Survey said they dont feel safe outside the building and one-third said they dont feel safe in the corridors and bathrooms. Half the teachers say they mistrust the principal and two-thirds say there are problems with order and discipline.

Principal Grismaldy Laboy, who founded the school in 2003, graduated from Adlai Stevenson High School and returned as as teacher there. She modeled her new school after the Law Institute at Stevenson. The ties to Stevenson are still present; Laboy's students are eligible to join that school's athletic teams.

The school has a standard Regents-prep curriculum. Students also take a class in forensics and an introduction to law and public policy.

The school, named for the first female mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, attracts Spanish-speaking new immigrant students, some of whom have had little formal education in their native countries.

Special education: The state education department found that the school violated students' rights by putting unqualified teachers in charge of special education classes. "Administrators brough in a cong line of substittue teachers on 'rotating' one-week stints to teacher special education classes," The New York Times reported.

Admissions: limited unscreened. (Clara Hemphill, news reports and statistics, August 2012)

About the students

Enrollment
242
Asian
2.1%
Black
22.7%
Hispanic
72.3%
White
1.7%
Other
1.2%
Free or reduced priced lunch
86%
Students with disabilities
34%
English language learners
19%
Male
45%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Soundview Educational Campus with one other school
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
75%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
81%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
51%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
15%
76% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
45%
18% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
38%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
11%
56% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
10.9
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
43%
77% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
55%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
45%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
60%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
30%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
58%
84% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

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

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
14%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
20%
49% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
14%
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?
49%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
0%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
26%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
3%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
26%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
26%
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?
46%
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?
51%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
50%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
75%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
75%
89% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
31%
60% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

W.E.B. Du Bois Writing Institute
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

The W.E.B. DuBois Writing Institute is an interdisciplinary program that applies the skills and content areas of the humanities. Instruction includes activities that require all students to think, problem solve, and defend their opinions. Students will be required to participate and lead school wide activities such as community service, peer tutoring and internships. They will complete college courses, pursue an Advanced Regents Diploma and complete three years of a foreign language.

The Felisa Rincón de Gautier Institute for Law and Public Policy
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

This program helps students explore careers in the legal and political fields while strengthening their reading, writing and public speaking skills. Our Law Academy program creates a learning environment committed to community and character development.

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Football, Outdoor Track, Soccer

Girls PSAL teams

Badminton, Basketball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball

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