Grover Cleveland High School

Grades 9-12

What’s Special

A lot of support for 9th-graders; many sports teams and extra-curricular activities

The Downside

Low graduation and college enrollment rates

Our Review

Grover Cleveland is a large high school offering a broad range of courses and extracurricular activities. Many of its students are still learning to speak English, including immigrants from Central and South America, Albania and Poland. It grapples with problems typical of large, urban schools such as low graduation rates, lagging attendance and 9th graders starting school with weak skills.

In 2011 the Department of Education identified Grover Cleveland as a poor performing school, but chose to reorganize it into small learning communities and change leadership rather than close it. Denise Vittor became principal in September, 2011. One year earlier she left her position as principal of Queens Vocational High School as part of a similar DOE plan to address that school's record of low achievement. Vittor received high marks from Grover Cleveland teachers on the 2011-12 Learning Environment Survey, though school-wide participation on the survey was low so the results only reflect the opinion of half the teaching staff.

All incoming freshmen are enrolled in the Tiger Academy designed to help new students ease into the high school experience and stay on track. It operates on a different schedule from the rest of the school and has a dedicated staff of teachers. Ninth graders spend most of their day in classrooms clustered together in a wing of the building.

Beginning in 10th grade students enroll in one of four, themed programs: Academy of Allied Health and Athletic Sciences, Academy of Business, Hospitality and Tourism, Academy of Arts and Humanities, and the Math/Science Institute. Each has its own administrators and teachers and set of elective classes. Students are expected to choose a major. For instance in Arts and Humanities, students can concentrate their studies in fine arts, drama, music or humanities. In the Math/Science Institute they can major in engineering or information technology.

Grover Cleveland was one of five schools nationwide chosen by the National Academy Foundation to pilot a program that teaches students how to create Android-based mobile applications (apps). Students create the apps on tablet and laptop computers supplied by the computer manufacturer, Lenovo.

There are numerous Advanced Placement classes and students may take college classes at La Guardia Community College. Foreign languages include Spanish, Spanish for native speakers, Polish for native speakers and Italian.

The Achieve Now program targets seniors who don't have enough credits to graduate on time and freshmen who failed most of their classes. Participants attend school from noon to 5:40 pm , taking classes in a cluster of rooms tucked away in a side hallway. Once they catch up, they transition into one of the academies, or graduate.

The massive 1930's-era building is located a few blocks from the Brooklyn border. A commute by subway is doable, but it is a long walk to the "M" and "L" lines. Facilities include three gymnasiums, an auditorium, an art room equipped with a kiln, a swimming pool, indoor track, weight training room, and an aerobic room filled with professional-grade cardio equipment. An outdoor track and field is located a few blocks away. There are no metal detectors.

There are many sports teams and a nice mix of clubs and activities such as math team, international bridge building, drama, school newspaper, Lincoln-Douglas debate and web design. Grover Cleveland hosted the New York State Science Olympiad in 2012.

Special education: There are Special Education Teacher Support Services (SETSS), ICT (Integrated Collaborative Teaching) and self-contained classes. Supports for English language learners (ELL) include bilingual instruction for native Spanish speakers and ELL-concentrated classes for courses required for graduation.

College admissions: The majority of graduates who attend college enroll in CUNY schools. Many must take remedial courses at CUNY because of low scores on Regents exams, SATs or college prep courses.

Admissions: Zoned school for the general program. For the themed programs, priority goes to Queens students. Students are selected according to the educational option formula designed admit a mix of low, average and high achieving students.(Laura Zingmond, statistics, news reports and interviews, November, 2012)

About the students

Enrollment
1798
Asian
9.3%
Black
6.1%
Hispanic
64.4%
White
18.5%
Other
1.8%
Free or reduced priced lunch
68%
Students with disabilities
17%
English language learners
19%
Male
56%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
Yes
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
88%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
85%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
44%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
78%
76% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
25%
18% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
77%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
43%
56% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
4.8
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
42%
77% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
68%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
50%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
90%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
95%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
76%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
66%
84% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 7 dedicated spaces for Music, Theater, and Visual arts
This school has 6 licensed arts teachers in Music and Theater

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
77%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
44%
49% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
70%
70% 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?
63%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
9%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
17%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
27%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
47%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
46%
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 former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
0%
0% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
55%
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?
60%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
92%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
93%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
93%
89% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
41%
60% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Academy of Information Technology (AoIT)
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description

Offers in-depth study in the field of information technology; courses include web design, computer repair and maintenance, digital media, computer graphics, and industry certification in Oracle Database management; opportunity for internships.

Academy of Business, Hospitality & Tourism
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description

Students will complement their core academic studies with a focus on career paths in one of the world’s largest industries. Coursework includes management of hotels, sports events, and event planning and the study of geography, economics, and world cultures; Virtual Enterprise program. Grover Cleveland is affiliated with the National Academy Foundations Academy of Hospitality and Tourism.

Academy of Arts and Humanities
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description

Students will take all required Regents preparatory courses and additional major courses in art, music, theater, language, history, and English.

Math/Science Institute
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description

Advanced Courses Including: AP-Calculus and Statistics, Honors—Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Science Research.

Academy of Allied Health and Athletic Sciences
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description

Boasting over 25 athletic teams and extensive sports facilities, this program offers students rigorous Regents preparatory courses and a major in health, nutrition, fitness, and safety. Students will be able to receive lifeguard, EMT, and First Aid/AED /CPR certifications.

Zoned
Admissions Method: Zoned Guarantee
Program Description

Academics

Language Courses

Italian, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP Chemistry, AP English, AP European History, AP Spanish, AP Statistics, AP US History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

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

Girls PSAL teams

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

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