Marble Hill High School for International Studies

Grades 9-12
Staff Pick

Location

99 Terrace View Avenue
Bronx NY 10463
Kingsbridge (District 10)
Trains: 1 to Marble Hill-225th St
Buses: Bx1, Bx10, Bx2, Bx20, Bx7, Bx9, M100

Contact

Phone
718-561-0973
Principal
Kirsten Larson
Parent Coordinator
Ignacia Reyes

What’s Special

Multi-cultural school community; high attendance and grad rates

The Downside

Classes demand a lot from students

Our Review

Marble Hill High School for International Studies strives to live up to its motto: exploring the world, one day at a time. Flags and brightly colored greetings in several languages adorn the halls. Over 35 languages are spoken at the school and one-third of the students are studying English as a Second Language (ESL). Teachers and staff balance student care with rigorous coursework that goes beyond city or state requirements.

Located on the 6th and 8th floors of the John F. Kennedy Campus building, Marble Hill has its own office and classroom space, but it shares its gym, auditorium, and athletic fields with seven other schools.

Many of the teachers were Peace Corps volunteers and more than three-quarters speak a language other than English, including Principal Kirsten Larson, who served in the Peace Corps in Africa. All students are required to take three years of foreign language (Spanish, Italian, Japanese or Chinese)even those who already speak another language. Our ESL students want to take another language, explained Larson. Japanese classes were especially impressive, with even 1st year classes conducted mainly in the language.

Black, navy or khaki pants and a white collared shirt with black shoes distinguishes kids at Marble Hill from the other schools in the building, many of which share the same hectic building entrance. Everyone gets a locker or access to a coatrack in their homeroom.

In 11th and 12th grade, students are required to do 50 hours of community service per semester. They also complete an exit program with a resume, college essay, college research paper and reflection. Students prepare projects each marking period. Along with a required four years of math and science students may take Advanced Placement or College Now courses through Lehmann College.

Parents are encouraged to participate in school events. Road to College meetings and parent-teacher night are particularly popular. The staff, teachers and administration all claim that they focus heavily on parent outreach to help students academically.

In a four-day college class for seniors everyone applies to CUNY; the majority attend CUNY schools. Three students received Posse Scholarships in 2011. Most students attend CUNY or SUNY schools, although some have attended NYU and the University of Pennsylvania.

Afterschool, students play PSAL sports on building-wide teams and can participate in fashion, dance, chess, guitar or buildOn. Select students fundraise to go to China for spring break.

English language learners: English language learners receive extra support through two-hour blocks of English and global humanities. Additionally, students may participate in conversation groups at lunch to improve their spoken English. The majority of the ELL students speak Spanish, Yemeni, Bengali or West African dialects.

Special education: The school has ICT and SETTS for the small number of students with IEPs, a large number of whom are also ELLs.

Admissions: Screened. Priority given to Bronx residents and English language learners. The school strongly encourages an interview and writing sample as part of the application. (Aryn Bloodworth, October 2011)

About the students

Enrollment
429
Asian
9.6%
Black
21.7%
Hispanic
63.2%
White
5.1%
Other
0.5%
Free or reduced priced lunch
90%
Students with disabilities
11%
English language learners
27%
Male
51%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the John F. Kennedy Educational Campus with six other schools
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
Yes
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
96%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
94%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
19%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
100%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
27%
37% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
89%
85% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
75%
57% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
8.8
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
75%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
82%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
86%
80% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
97%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
100%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
86%
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 Dance
This school has 0 licensed arts teacher in Dance, Music, Theater or Visual arts

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
88%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
70%
54% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
82%
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?
93%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
20%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
2%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
67%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
69%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
81%
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?
89%
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?
71%
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
95%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
100%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
100%
90% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
100%
60% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

International Studies
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description

Focuses on the study of international connections, cultural exchanges, world languages, world art and music, humanities studies and technology seminars.

International Academy
Admissions Method: Screened: Language
Program Description

Focuses on international connections, cultural exchanges, world languages, world art and music, humanities.

Academics

Language Courses

Italian, Japanese, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP English, AP European History, AP US History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Football, Gymnastics, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Cross Country, Flag Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams

Golf, Stunt

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