Robert H. Goddard High School of Communication Arts and Technology

Grades 9-12

What’s Special

Technology infused in all content areas and a strong English program.

The Downside

Limited clubs.

Our Review

At Robert H. Goddard High School of Communication Arts and Technology, every classroom has a computer for every student, thanks to a partnership with Apple Computers. Technology is infused into all the content areas and teachers strive to give their students a strong foundation in reading, writing, research, and communication skills. It's a close-knit community where teachers learn together in workshops and extend their connections through technology. There are ways for kids to get extra help during and after school. Students are encouraged to do projects in small groups. The school opened in September 2008 with its first class of 9th graders and now goes up to 12th grade.

Every classroom has a Smart Board, a large surface that can be used as a traditional writing board or as a projection screen and touch-sensitive computer monitor that each student can connect to via their laptop computers. This can help shy kids who might be too nervous to raise their hand in class, said a math teacher. It also is helpful for presentations, research, and a way to keep kids alert and interested. Teens learn to use the Excel program and Power Point to create graphs and charts to present data. Parents are invited in to use computers to search for jobs or to learn more about aspects of technology. There are programs that can be used at home such as interactive textbooks and tutorials.

Additional classes include law (mock trial), forensics, consumer math, pre-calculus and statistics classes. At Goddard, students learn how to write, produce and edit television shows in the building's state-of the-art television studio. "You can be on either side of the camera," a teacher said. Advanced Placement choices include government, biology, calculus and English. Spanish is the only language offered.

There are eight periods a day. "Academy learning" is a 20-minute period after lunch when kids divide up and meet with teachers to get extra help in almost any subject area. "It's growing each year," said the parent coordinator. Teachers take attendance three times a day, and the school offers free test preparation through Kaplan. Extra help is also offered during lunch and after school in a credit recovery program. Ninth grade teachers meet weekly to make sure the incoming students are on-track.

Teachers learn how to use the technology and brainstorm ways that kids can learn by doing: for example, by sharing project ideas they come up with on Google documents. The math teacher mentioned that his students researched the cost of pizza in Manhattan versus upstate and learned how the price differs according to the cost of rent.

The school also has a partnership with Teachers College at Columbia University, which provides teacher training, especially in writing. This focus on language arts has apparently paid off: 97 percent of students who took the Regent's English exam in 2011 scored 65 or higher. Though math and science were scores were not as strong, they were still in the average range.

The high school shares a building with a middle school of the same name, the Robert H. Goddard School, but operates under the leadership of Joseph Birgeles, a popular former teacher who taught AP social studies in the middle school. There are some sports and a few clubs, including flag football and chess, but because the school is still relatively new, this area has yet to be fully developed.

College admissions: Three guidance counselors help with college admissions.

Special education: The school has self-contained classrooms with small groups of children with special needs; integrated co-teaching, where general and special needs children are mixed in one classroom with two teachers, one of whom is trained in special education; and special education teachers who work with teachers and children in and out of classrooms to make sure the needs of individuals are met.

Admission: Priority is given to students who continue from the middle school and then to students who attend an information session or fair. (Lydie Raschka, December 2011.)

About the students

Enrollment
612
Asian
27.3%
Black
9.2%
Hispanic
39.2%
White
19.3%
Other
5.1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
72%
Students with disabilities
17%
English language learners
4%
Male
47%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with JHS 202
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
100%
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?
22%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
95%
76% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
13%
18% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
91%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
72%
56% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
5.8
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
95%
77% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
98%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
92%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
91%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
95%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
94%
84% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 2 dedicated spaces for Visual arts
This school has 4 licensed arts teachers in Visual arts (part-time) and Music

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
80%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
48%
49% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
78%
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?
89%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
20%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
1%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
50%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
48%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
77%
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?
78%
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?
70%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
91%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
97%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
95%
89% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
71%
60% Citywide Average
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Programs and Admissions

Robert H. Goddard High School of Communication
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

Academics

Language Courses

Korean, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English, AP Environmental Science, AP Psychology, AP Spanish, AP US History, AP World History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Soccer

Girls PSAL teams

Soccer, Softball

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