High School of Applied Communication

Grades 9-12
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What’s Special

Small, diverse school with positive tone and environment.

The Downside

Little music, tiny gym, erratic elevator.

Our Review

At the High School of Applied Communications students write, use technology, and converse to get their ideas across. Round tables spark old-fashioned, face-to-face interactions. If youre an effective communicator, youll be better off at work and in college, said Principal Dan Korb, who sets a welcoming tone at this diverse, safe, orderly school.

Students and staff agree that the schools small size promotes strong teacher-student bonds. Students reel off the names their favorites from among the young, upbeat, male and female staff. Routines provide continuity and there is little misbehavior. Were firm but fair, said assistant principal Amy DeMarco. The social worker phones the home of every child who is absent.

Aside from the typical array of high school classes and three advanced placement courses, in U.S. History, English Literature, and European History, the school offers a few opportunities that fit the applied communications theme. There is an on-again, off-again journalism class with plans to publish an online newspaper. Students may become certified in Adobe and Microsoft Office in the computer design class. And together with Magic Box Productions, 10th graders learn to tell stories on film. The process of interviewing and shooting footage for documentaries has been so much fun that staff said English language learners are not aware of how much their English skills improve - until it shows up on test scores.

Staff share a common planning period each week to discuss lessons and student progress. Teachers strive to ensure that the lessons in one class support the lessons in another. The computer teacher, for example, may follow a theme in Global Studies by asking his students to create a brochure about Egypt or Spain. In most classrooms, we saw teachers roam around and crouch to eye level to expand the learning by asking how and why questions.

The number of students who score 65 percent or higher on Regents exams is on the rise, but theres still a lag in math and science, although there are extra periods of algebra for 9th graders, just as there are extra periods of English. Korb hopes a second science teacher will provide additional support and help boost scores even more. Extra science classes include anatomy and forensics.

An industrious art teacher and her students use the hallways as a canvas for flowers and bugs and portraits of school personnel. There is no music, aside from band club and open mic night. After school activities include student government, art, drama, dance team, technology, book club and peer tutoring.

HSAC is on the 5th floor of a beautifully renovated office building that is also home to Bard Early College and Academy of Finance and Enterprise, with whom it shares a cafeteria. HSAC has a tiny gym, but the campus as a whole has boys' and girls basketball, cross-country, track and field, wrestling, and a strong girls Rugby team.

Special education: Team-taught classes, which include children with special needs, are on each grade level. A drawback for the few children in wheelchairs is that the elevators occasionally break down and get very crowded after 9th period. However, students with special needs seemed to be fully integrated into activities.

College admissions: The majority of the graduates attend SUNY or CUNY schools like Borough of Manhattan Community College, LaGuardia or Stonybrook. Private school acceptances have included St. Johns University and Savannah College of Art and Design.

Admissions: Admissions to the school is open citywide and based on the educational option formula. (Lydie Raschka, May 2012)

About the students

Enrollment
423
Asian
13.5%
Black
9.0%
Hispanic
59.6%
White
14.9%
Other
3.1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
75%
Students with disabilities
17%
English language learners
7%
Male
44%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with Bard High School Early College Queens and the Academy of Finance and Enterprise
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
118%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
89%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
33%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
60%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
46%
37% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
81%
85% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
54%
57% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
7.8
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
60%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
65%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
60%
80% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
87%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
50%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
60%
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

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
50%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
37%
54% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
51%
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?
80%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
25%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
8%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
35%
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?
62%
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?
62%
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
89%
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?
59%
60% Citywide Average
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Programs and Admissions

High School of Applied Communication
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

Academics

Language Courses

Mandarin, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Environmental Science, AP Human Geography

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Basketball, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Table Tennis, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Cross Country, Flag Football, Rugby, Soccer, Softball, Table Tennis, Volleyball

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Location

30-20 Thomson Avenue
Long Island City NY 11101
Long Island City (District 24)
Trains: 7 to 33rd St; E, M, R to Queens Plaza; G to Court Sq-23rd St; N, Q to Queensboro Plaza
Buses: B62, Q100, Q101, Q102, Q32, Q39, Q60, Q66, Q67, Q69, X63, X64, X68

Contact

Phone
718-389-3163
Principal
Michael Weinstein
Parent Coordinator
Emmanuel Martinez

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