Institute for Health Professions at Cambria Heights

Grades 9-12

What’s Special

Students can earn EMT or nurse's aide certification and train for careers in the medical field

The Downside

Security concerns in the building

Our Review

Institute for Health Professions at Cambria Heights is a Career and Technical Education (CTE) school where students can graduate from high school with qualifications to get a job as an Emergency Medical Technician or a nursing assistant.

Principal Gareth Robinson says the school offers a full college preparatory program in addition to preparing students for careers in health. Our number one objective is to develop academic and leadership skills for our students to be successful in college, Robinson said.

Institute for Health Professions has a standard Regents-prep program with math, English, history and science. To increase students exposure to health careers, art classes integrate science with activities like medical anatomy drawing or painting.

After a 10th grade "health core" CTE class, students choose either the nursing assistant or EMT track. Through the schools partnerships with Hofstra andNorthshore Long Island Jewish Hospital, students will have guest speakers and get hands-on experience in the medical profession through field visits and internships. Upperclassmen begin work in their chosen CTE path by 12th grade, Robinson said: nursing assistants work 30 hours per week in a long-term care facility and EMTs spend at least 10 hours a week working on an ambulance. Students may also earn FEMA emergency response training through the hospital, Robinson said.

Robinson is an experienced educator who began teaching in 2000 with the first cohort of New York Teaching Fellows. Most recently, he taught humanities and served as a dean at the High School for Law Enforcement and Public Safety in Jamaica.

Institute for Health Professions is housed in the shared Campus Magnet building in a residential area in Cambria Heights. Four other schools share the building: Humanities & Arts Magnet High School; Mathematics, Science Research and Technology Magnet High School; Business, Computer Entrepreneurship and Computer Applications High School and Law, Government and Community Service High School.

The building has been plagued with safety issues and students must pass through scanners on the way into school. But Robinson says his students start school later than other students in the building and there are dedicated stairwells for Institute for Health Professions students. Another downside is the schools location, which is not near any subway stops. Students may play on sports teams with other schools in the building and Robinson says he hopes to reopen the buildings now-dormant swimming pool and start a swim team, as well as a lacrosse team.

Students are required to wear uniforms of navy blue pants and gray polo shirts with the schools logo. Juniors and seniors will wear scrubs for the nursing assistant track or cargo pants and polo shirts for the EMT track.

Admissions: Priority to Queens residents and students who attend an open house or information session. Robinson said the school is a good fit for students who are interested in medicine and science and like working in teams. (Anna Schneider, phone interview and web reports, April 2013.)

About the students

Enrollment
412
Asian
7.8%
Black
71.8%
Hispanic
12.4%
White
2.7%
Other
5.3%
Free or reduced priced lunch
73%
Students with disabilities
10%
English language learners
7%
Male
30%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This schools shares the Magnet Educational (Andrew Jackson) Campus with three other schools
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
Yes
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
70%
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?
87%
76% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
27%
18% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
85%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
42%
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?
100%
77% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
100%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
100%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
52%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
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?
100%
84% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 3 dedicated spaces for Dance, Theater, 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?
77%
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?
73%
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
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
100%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
100%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
100%
89% Citywide Average
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Programs and Admissions

Institute for Health Professions at Cambria Heights
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Basketball, Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Badminton, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Gymnastics, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball

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