International High School for Health Sciences

Grades 9-12

What’s Special

School prepares English language learners for careers in health and medicine

The Downside

Too soon to tell

Our Review

The International High School for Health Sciences, opening on the campus of Newtown High School in September 2013, seeks to prepare students new to the United States for college work and careers in health. As a member of the Internationals Network of Public Schools, it offers small classes and personalized attention for students who come in speaking a variety of different languages and have widely varying educational backgrounds.

All classes are conducted in English, though the school has many staff members who speak another language. To help students learn English, and to insure that those with limited proficiency understand the subject matter, Health Sciences takes a hands-on approach to learning about biology and other subjects. For example, having students extract and analyze DNA, says proposed school leader C. Anthony Finney, provides students with a "rich context" in which to learn English. Finney taught biology at another Internationals Network school, Flushing International.

The school offers the standard four-year sequence for a Regents diploma. Ninth-graders take a course in health careers and 10th-graders study public health and global health. There is an intern program for 11th-graders. Students also gain practical skills including CPR and first aid. Finney anticipates that the health focus will influence the overall curriculum, so in English literature students might study a play with a public health theme.

Students participate in sports with Newtown High School.

Admissions: Students must have been in the United States for less than four years and be learning English. Queens residents have priority, though the school is open to new immigrants from throughout the city. (Gail Robinson, April 2013, based on interviews and information from the high school fair)

About the students

Enrollment
310
Asian
27.1%
Black
4.8%
Hispanic
58.4%
White
9.0%
Other
0.7%
Free or reduced priced lunch
85%
Students with disabilities
3%
English language learners
69%
Male
51%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with Newtown High School
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
97%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
90%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
28%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
86%
76% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
12%
18% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
80%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
60%
56% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
3.0
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
64%
77% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
85%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
86%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
73%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
100%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
86%
84% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 6 dedicated spaces for Dance, Music, and an Auditorium
This school has 1 licensed arts teacher in Music

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
84%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
53%
49% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
65%
70% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

Are students prepared for college?

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 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?
54%
64% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

International High School for Health Sciences
Admissions Method: Screened: Language
Program Description

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Cross Country, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams

Cricket

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