Academy for Health Careers

Grades 9-12
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Location

150 Albany Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11213
Crown Heights (District 17)
Trains: 3 to Kingston Ave; A to Utica Ave; C to Kingston-Throop Aves
Buses: B15, B25, B26, B43, B44, B45, B46, B65

Contact

Phone
718-773-0128
Principal
Deonne Martin
Parent Coordinator
Terri Ann Etienne

What’s Special

A safe haven with good health career facilities

The Downside

Too early to know if the CTE focus will work

Our Review

The Academy for Health Careers aspires to prepare students for jobs in medical support services--one of the fastest growing job sectors, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Armed with a strong foundation in health studies, graduates may then pursue professional certification or a higher degree on their path to become, for example, emergency medical technicians (EMTs), x-ray technicians or administrators in health information billing and coding.

The school got off to a rocky start in 2010 when its plans to open in the place of Maxwell High School in East New York were halted due to a union lawsuit. Health Careers was shifted to an office building in District 13 for a year, before finally moving to the fourth floor of Paul Robeson in Crown Heights in September 2011.

In its new location, Health Careers has the facilities that it needs to fulfill its mission of preparing kids for health-related professions. In addition to a gym, cafeteria, library, and computer and science lab, the school also has a medical facility room where students get hands-on experience with various elements of healthcare, from learning to take a patients vitals to studying blood samples under a microscope. A simulated ambulance offers further preparation for students aiming to become emergency medical technicians.

In each grade, students focus on a different health-related topic: Ninth graders get an overview of the healthcare system, 10th graders tackle emergency medicine, 11th graders focus on hospital patient care, and 12th graders explore biomedical technology. During the school year, students have the opportunity to take field trips to hospitals and other health-related sites. A partnership with Stonybrook University Hospital brings expertise from the field into the school.

The 2011-2012 Learning Environment Survey reflects improvements in the schools learning conditions since its move in 2011. Over 80 percent of teachers and students said they feel safe at the school, although nearly one-third have concerns about safety outside the building. The relationship between Principal Deonne Martin and her staff appears strong with the majority of teachers citing her as an effective manager who keeps the school running smoothly. Still, more than one-third of teachers had concerns about order and discipline.

Special education: Students with special needs comprise 15 percent of the student body and learn alongside their general education peers. The school offers speech, counseling and Special Ed. Teacher Support Services (SETSS), although three positions for occupational therapy and one for physical therapy remain unfilled as of the 2011-12 Special Education Service Delivery Report.

College: There are currently no Advanced Placement or College Now classes offered. There is a guidance counselor who is responsible for helping students with the college application process. The schools first graduating class will matriculate in 2014.

Admission: Priority is given to Brooklyn students or residents who attend an information session. (Mimi Sabo, DOE statistics, November 2012)

About the students

Enrollment
399
Asian
3.3%
Black
82.0%
Hispanic
9.0%
White
1.5%
Other
4.3%
Free or reduced priced lunch
80%
Students with disabilities
16%
English language learners
5%
Male
31%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Paul Robeson Educational Campus with one other school
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
Yes
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
73%
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?
51%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
92%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
43%
37% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
88%
85% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
39%
57% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
6.0
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
82%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
78%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
82%
80% 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?
91%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
82%
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 1 licensed art teacher in Music

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
40%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
47%
54% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
45%
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?
76%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
0%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
11%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
15%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
11%
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?
60%
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?
63%
68% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
36%
60% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Academy for Health Careers
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

Academics

Language Courses

French, Spanish

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Tennis

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Cross Country, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track

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