The Marie Curie School for Medicine, Nursing, and Health Professions

Grades 9-12
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Location

120 West 231 Street
Bronx NY 10463
Kingsbridge (District 10)
Trains: 1 to 231st St
Buses: Bx1, Bx10, Bx2, Bx20, Bx22, Bx26, Bx3, Bx32, Bx7, Bx9

Contact

Phone
718-432-6491
Principal
Rodney Fisher
Parent Coordinator
Deborah Agosto

Our Review

Marie Curie High School has a curriculum designed for students pursuing careers in medicine and related health fields.

"When we have our open house and ask kids what medical profession they want to pursue, everyone says pediatrics, said Principal Rodney Fisher. Due to the exposure they get at Marie Curie, students go on to work in all kinds of specialty fields including geriatrics, sports medicine or hospital business. The school has a committed partnership for their students with Jewish Home Lifecare and many stay on as employees after graduation.

The school opened in September 2004 on the fifth floor of a building shared with The New School for Leadership and Journalism . In keeping with the school's theme, all students wear surgical scrub shirts to class, and all staff members wear white lab coats. The scrubs are color coded by grade level: green for 9th, blue for 10th, maroon for 11th and black for 12th. (If students forget their scrubs they are charged a $2 rental fee.)

The population is 80 percent female with an average of two boys per class. To fuel and support the boys, a group called Brotherhood provides mentorship and special activities. Groups called flocks work similarly to advisories, where teachers touch base weekly and cover topics ranging from a students school work to her personal life. After school, students can choose between boys basketball and coed soccer.



The majority of students arrive at Marie Curie with average to below-average academic skills. In order to get them up to speed and ready for the heavy math and science needs of the medical field, the school offers a full four years of math (algebra 2, trigonometry, geometry and pre-calculus) and science (Living Environment, earth science, chemistry, physics and forensics). Students can choose between Spanish and Mandarin as well as AP English, AP biology and AP U.S. history.

During our visit to Marie Curie, we observed some superior teaching but most teachers struggled with classroom management. Teachers in both the earth science and AP bio classes had full command of their classrooms and presented extremely engaging lessons. Their teaching methods were impressive because they challenged their students to find answers. Go back to your notes if you need help, said Mr. G patiently as he pushed the class for answers. Mr. Bugel encouraged students to use their iPads Do the research, you can find it, he said as he went around the room and assisted without leading. However, in most classes teachers drowned under the load of student chatter and only a few kids were engaged. One teacher of a social studies class stood out by having the ability to incorporate progressive learning strategies and still maintain an orderly class. The discussion between students was based on the subject matter and not idle banter.

Marie Curie faces some practical problems as it prepares students for employment. The school does helps its students earn certification to become emergency medical technicians, pharmaceutical assistants and nursing assistants as early as 10th or 11th grade; but, students have to renew the certification once they turn 18. The process is longer, the test is harder and many do not retake the exam.

In partnership with Lehman College of Nursing, the school enables students to get hands-on experience through internships at hospitals and other healthcare organizations, but Marie Curie (and the DOE in general) does not support the higher math and science courses that satisfy nursing school prerequisites. Most four-year colleges will not consider students into the nursing program without these courses, including Lehman.



College: The school has a college center with two full-time counselors staffed by their collaboration with Mosholu Montefiore Community Center. Students start the college conversation in 9th grade with the focus on graduation. In 10th grade internships begin, while in 11th grade the focus turns to SAT prep, workshops and college visits. Over forty percent of students are opting for two-year colleges (CUNY) despite acceptances to four-year universities that offer smaller scholarships and more loans.

Special education:The school offers ICT team-teaching classes and SETSS.

Admissions: Limited unscreened. Preference to students who attend an open house. (Jacquie Wayans, January 2013)

About the students

Enrollment
533
Asian
3.2%
Black
32.8%
Hispanic
58.7%
White
2.8%
Other
2.4%
Free or reduced priced lunch
100%
Students with disabilities
20%
English language learners
13%
Male
22%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with The New School for Leadership and Journalism
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
104%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
84%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
41%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
35%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
41%
37% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
71%
85% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
40%
57% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
12.0
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
31%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
51%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
47%
80% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
66%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
58%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
47%
86% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 1 dedicated space for Visual 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%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
45%
54% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
55%
71% 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?
73%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
5%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
6%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
26%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
38%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
65%
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 English language learners graduate in 4 years?
63%
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?
68%
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
77%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
77%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
77%
90% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
52%
60% Citywide Average
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Programs and Admissions

Marie Curie High School for Nursing, Medicine, & Allied Health Professions
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP English, AP Spanish, AP Statistics, AP US History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Soccer

Girls PSAL teams

Cross Country, Flag Football, Indoor Track, Softball

Coed PSAL teams

Stunt

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