New Visions Charter High School for the Humanities II

Grades 9-12

Location

455 Southern Blvd
Bronx NY 10455
Mott Haven (District 7)

Contact

Phone
212-645-5110
Principal
Richard Gonzalez

What’s Special

Intense writing focus and a longer school day

The Downside

New school with no track record

Our Review

New Visions Charter High School for Humanities II (HUM II), housed in the Samuel Gompers Educatonal Campus, opened in 2012. It plans to focus on courses in literature, history and writing, for those interested in careers like law, teaching, journalism or the arts. In the upper grades the school plans to offer AP Government, Media Studies and AP Psychology.

It is modeled after a New Visions school with the same name that opened in September 2011 in the John F. Kennedy building in the Bronx. New Visions for Public Schools, a non-profit founded in 1989, has worked with the Department of Education and community partners to create 135 small schools in New York City.

Ronald Chaluisan, a New Visions spokesperson, said incoming 9th graders are tested early on their reading and writing skills so teachers can help bring them up to 10th grade level over the course of the 9th grade year. Students attend school from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm except on Wednesdays when the school day is shorter. There is a required summer session before and after 9th grade.

The focus at New Visions schools is to strengthen reading, writing and speaking skills in the first two grades. Writing at the high schools is taught in six cycles, with a focus on different genres and skills. Writing is also sharpened in other subject areas.

In a partnership with Lincoln Center Institute, students will attend performances and visit art exhibitions related to their studies on a regular basis. Class size will average 25 students.

A student who attends an existing New Vision charter high school told us at the March 2012 new schools fair, The staff is very devoted to us. They are very young, in their mid-20s, so they can relate to us. Another said, They teach us step-by-step so you dont feel lost. Chaluisan added, Our track record at Kennedy is pretty good.

The Samuel Gompers Career and Technical High School is closing because of poor performance.

Special education: New Visions plans to increase the number of classes that mix general and special needs students with two teachers so they can adjust the ratio of kids. They will aim for 7-8 children with special needs per class of 25, believing this will serve all students better. Math will be split into five groups and these groups will be flexible according to need. Chaluisan said he welcomes applications from students with special needs and those still learning to speak English.

Admissions: Applications can be submitted online at: www.newvisions.org/Charter and must be completed by April 2. Admission is by lottery if there are more than 125 applicants, otherwise it will be first come, first to get in with preference to kids from District 7. We are committed to community kids, said Chaluisan. We want the same kids that are in the building. (Lydie Raschka, March 2012, interviews at the high school fair).

About the students

Enrollment
476
Asian
0.4%
Black
37.4%
Hispanic
60.7%
White
0.4%
Other
1.1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
76%
Students with disabilities
21%
English language learners
14%
Male
50%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Samuel Gompers Educational Campus with two other schools
Metal detectors?
Yes
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
65%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
88%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
43%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
68%
76% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
22%
18% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
84%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
43%
56% Citywide Average

About the leadership

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
76%
77% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
82%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
73%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
71%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
79%
84% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
79%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
45%
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?
88%
77% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
3%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
23%
41% 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?
81%
65% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

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?
79%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
92%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
84%
89% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
70%
60% Citywide Average
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