Tottenville High School

Grades 9-12

What’s Special

Big, suburban-style high school with strong spirit

The Downside

Lots of seniors only have a half day

Our Review

\"What\'s the tuition here?\" an athlete from the Bronx asked a Tottenville player. His question was unsurprising given the school\'s plush campus, with three sprawling playing fields and a courtyard filled with blossoms in spring.

At just over 4,000 students, Tottenville is one of the city\'s biggest schools. Size allows it to provide many offerings, including one of the most successful sports programs in the city. It does not, however, guarantee ethnic diversity; about 120 African American and Hispanic students have been admitted from other parts of the island on an \"integration variance,\" which allows non-white children from outside the school zone to attend Tottenville. Some teenagers might feel lost in the crowd, but Principal John Tuminaro says he works hard to break down what he calls \"the anonymity factor\" by urging kids to take advantage of Tottenville\'s many teams and clubs.

Students from three area middle schools, IS 7, 34, and 75, vie for entrance to one of two academically challenging \"institutes\" - humanities and science. Those who miss the exam cut-off may take individual honors courses.

That\'s just the beginning of the academic smorgasbord. In a \"Virtual Enterprise\" program, kids run a mock advertising agency. A computer networking course has helped get summer internships for many students, including one who helped set up the schools\' Chancellor\'s computer. In a dental hygiene course we saw, students were learning how to clean one another\'s teeth. Students in the Culinary Arts program treated us to a meal that began with sweet potato soup and ended with a strawberry-filled pastry tied with licorice string. (If only school lunches were this good!)

The music department sponsors jazz and concert bands. The chorus decked out in tee-shirts that read, \"How do you get to Carnegie Hall?\" - has already performed in the renowned auditorium, one of only four schools in the state so honored. Tottenville has auto repair and woodworking shops, and the girls\' soccer and boys\' baseball teams rank near the top in the five boroughs.

Among the school\'s more innovative programs are its two, student-run stores. One, Tottenville Treasures, a cozy nook selling teddy bears and such, is the brainchild of a social worker who thought it could help kids at risk of dropping out, including special education students. The other is a mini supermarket, also run primarily by students in special education.

Most classrooms are traditional, with desks in rows and teachers leading discussion. We saw some notable exceptions, including a lively Italian class taught by a native speaker and an AP calculus class where students solve problems together.

Occasional fights in the neighborhood have gotten the school some bad press. Security, however, is not oppressive, and Tuminaro tolerates minor infractions. \"I like to think I\'m a kid\'s principal,\" he says.

More than 90% of graduates attend four-year colleges, including St. Johns University, Cornell and Columbia. An open house is held in October for prospective students and their parents. (Pamela Wheaton, February, 2003. This school is featured in NYC\'s Best Public High Schools: A Parent\'s Guide.)

About the students

Enrollment
3911
Asian
5.3%
Black
1.9%
Hispanic
11.9%
White
79.4%
Other
1.6%
Free or reduced priced lunch
30%
Students with disabilities
18%
English language learners
1%
Male
52%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
114%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
91%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
30%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
73%
76% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
28%
18% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
76%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
46%
56% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
2.0
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
51%
77% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
71%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
54%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
86%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
67%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
59%
84% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 17 dedicated spaces for Music, Theater, Visual arts, an Auditorium, and a Film Studio
This school has 13 licensed arts teachers in Music, Theater and Visual arts

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
88%
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?
84%
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?
88%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
29%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
4%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
52%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
59%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
74%
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?
71%
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?
77%
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?
94%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
92%
89% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
67%
60% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description

The Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) program is co-sponsored by the Department of Education and the US Marine Corps. The curriculum is divided into three areas: academic, military, and physical fitness and is designed to provide students with a sense of leadership and self-discipline.

Classics Institute
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description

This program is designed to challenge those students who are not only strong in the humanities and language areas, but also interested in pursuing careers in these or related areas.

Science Institute
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description

This program is designed to challenge students who are strong in math and science and are interested in pursuing careers in these or related areas. The program is rigorous and requires a serious commitment. In addition to fulfilling all high school requirements, students take a minimum of two college-level science classes and one year of college-level math. Hands-on and computer research in science is required, leading to opportunities for both supervised and independent research.

Zoned
Admissions Method: Zoned Guarantee
Program Description

Academic Comprehensive Program

Academics

Language Courses

Italian, Latin, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP Chemistry, AP English, AP Physics, AP Psychology, AP US Government and Politics, AP US History, AP World History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Fencing, Football, Gymnastics, Handball, Indoor Track, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Badminton, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Fencing, Flag Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Handball, Indoor Track, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams

Golf

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