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Cascades High School

Grades: 9-12
198 Forsyth Street
Manhattan NY 10002
Phone: 646-654-1261
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Our Insights

What’s Special

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

The Downside

Poor attendance

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)


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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe and well-run?

From 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Transfer school graduation rate
52% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
48% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
41% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
66% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
68% Citywide Average

For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Contact & Location


Lower East Side (District 1)
Trains: 6 Line to Spring St; F Line to 2nd Ave; J Line, Z Line to Bowery; B Line, D Line to Grand St; M Line to Delancey St-Essex St; R Line, W Line to Prince St
Buses: M9, M14D, M15, M15-SBS, M21, M103, M55, B39


Claire Sheehan
Parent Coordinator
Constance Bilello

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares a building with Forsyth HS
Metal detectors?

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