New Visions Charter High School for the Humanities II

Grades 9-12

Location

455 Southern Blvd
Bronx NY 10455
Mott Haven (District 7)
Trains: 2, 5 to Jackson Ave; 6 to East 143rd St-St Mary’s St
Buses: Bx4, Bx4A, Bx17, Bx19

Contact

Phone
212-645-5110
Principal
Richard Gonzalez
Parent Coordinator

What’s Special

Writing focus, small class size

The Downside

Metal detectors, graduates need remedial work in college

Our Review

New Visions Charter High School for Humanities II (HUM II) opened in 2012 in the Samuel Gompers Educational Campus.Humanities II places special emphasis on courses in literature, history and writing, for those interested in careers such as law, teaching, journalism or the arts. The school is mostly safe and orderly, with average attendance rates, but has a ways to go in getting graduates ready for college-level work, according to school data and surveys.

School runs from about 8:30 am to 4:30 pm three days a week (the last hour and a half consists of electives and clubs), and to 3:45 pm two days a week. There is a required summer session before and after 9thgrade.

HUM II 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 more than 135 small schools in New York City.

At the New Visions schools teachers aim 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; in the first trimester of senior year, for example, students write six essays in various styles. Writing is also practiced in other subject areas such as math and science, according to curriculum published online.

In a partnership withLincoln Center Institute students attend performances and visit art exhibitions related to their studies on a regular basis. Class size averages 20 students and there are two teachers in most classrooms.

Eighty eight percent of students graduated within four years in 2016, exceeding the citywide average. However, only 3 percent performed well enough to enroll at City University of New York without remedial help, compared to 25 percent borough-wide. Graduates have gone on to colleges such as SUNY Albany, Buffalo State College, Borough of Manhattan Community College, Howard University, Hunter College and Yale University, according to the New Visions website. [photo supplied by New Visions]

Samuel Gompers Career and Technical Education High School closed because of poor performance and the building now houses three small high schools.

ADMISSIONS:Lottery, with a preference to District 7.(Lydie Raschka, web reports and data, July 2017

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%)
80%
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?
50%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
40%
37% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
87%
85% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
45%
57% Citywide Average

About the leadership

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
42%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
63%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
42%
80% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
61%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
65%
86% 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?
76%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
46%
54% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
68%
71% 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?
67%
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
85%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
77%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
92%
90% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
70%
60% Citywide Average
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