Cascades High School

Grades 9-12
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What’s Special

Second chance for kids who have struggled; child care for students' babies

The Downside

Poor attendance

Our Review

Cascades is an alternative school that offers small classes and lots of attention for older students who have struggled in school. The atmosphere is pleasant and adults seem to get along with the kids.

Paul Rotondo, who became principal in February 2005, has a good rapport with both students and staff. The school was orderly and students seemed happy during our visit. Rotondo say most students graduate within about a year and a half of arriving. The school has a barebones curriculum designed to allow students to get their high school diploma as soon as possible. However, there are some activities that an ordinary school would have, like a prom. A social worker provides support to students who need it.  One downside: Attendance is poor.

Housed in a building that is more than a century old and that was constructed as an elementary school, Cascades shares space with Forysth Satellite Academy and a GED program. A LYFE (Living for the Young Family through Education) center offers child care for children of high school students. There are also English classes for adults.

Admissions: Students who are 16 years old or older with at least 10 credits may apply. (Clara Hemphill, March, 2013)

 

About the students

Enrollment
239
Asian
3.8%
Black
34.3%
Hispanic
54.8%
White
5.4%
Other
1.7%
Free or reduced priced lunch
77%
Students with disabilities
12%
English language learners
3%
Male
48%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with Forsyth HS
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
72%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
94%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
24%
37% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
93%
85% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
73%
57% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
1.5
5.8 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
100%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
100%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
93%
80% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
64%
74% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
87%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
100%
86% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 2 dedicated spaces for Dance and Visual arts
This school has 1 licensed art teacher in Music

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
91%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
55%
54% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
87%
71% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
3%
13% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
15%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
7%
36% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
23%
37% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
59%
60% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the 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?
63%
68% Citywide Average
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Location

198 Forsyth Street
Manhattan NY 10002
Lower East Side (District 1)

Contact

Phone
646-654-1261
Principal
Claire Sheehan
Parent Coordinator
Constance Bilello

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