Pace High School

Grades 9-12
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What’s Special

Personal attention from the principal and teachers

The Downside

Some students have trouble adjusting to unstructured environment

Our Review

Principal Yvette Sy greets students by name every morning as they enter Pace High School, a small school founded in 2004 in collaboration with Pace University. Its part of the personal attention that has made Pace a popular choice for students from across the city.

Pace is known for class discussions and projects rather than lectures and textbooks. On our visit, we saw students recite their own poetry, perform a play they had written about the trial of the wolf in Little Red Riding Hood, and display projects on poster boards about global warming and hurricanes, as well as some more traditional classes. Students are expected to finish a senior project in which they reflect on what they have learned and how much they have contributed to the school community.

Students begin their high school career with a program called "First Summer" held at Pace University's Westchester campus in August. Entering 9th graders spend two nights in college dorms in Pleasantville, getting to know their classmates and teachers, learning about the culture and expectations of the school and enjoying a swim in the college pool.

Each student is assigned to an advisory, a small group of students who stay together for four years and who may discuss everything from personal problems to college admissions.. Ninth grade English classes are half the size of regular classes, so that teachers can give kids lots of help writing.

Open to students of all achievement levels, Pace is designed to serve average students as well as kids who are struggling. One drawback: students used to a very structured environment, such as many charter schools offer, may have trouble adjusting to the freedom at Pace, Sy said.

Just north of the Manhattan Bridge, Pace shares a building with MS 131 and the Emma Lazarus School. A new outdoor track offers a pleasant place for sports as well as a gathering place for the Chinatown community.

Special education: About 50 students receive special education services, and teachers have thought carefully about how to integrate them in regular classes. The school has team teaching classes, with two teachers, one of whom is certified in special education. The special education teacher follows each student for all four years. The school takes pride in ensuring that students with IEPS get regular Regents diplomas, not the less rigorous local diploma.

College admissions: The college office encourages students to consider colleges outside of New York City. It provides translators for Chinese and Spanish speaking parents. Students have been admitted to Brown, Denison and Mt. Holyoke, and a large number have been admitted to Syracuse University.

Admissions: The school has regular tours and open houses in the fall. Students who attend an "information session" about the school are given preference in admission, but there are no minimum academic requirements. Thirty percent come from Brooklyn, 40 percetn from Manhattan, and 20 percent from the Bronx. (Clara Hemphill, May 2011)

About the students

Enrollment
508
Asian
8.5%
Black
31.9%
Hispanic
52.6%
White
2.6%
Other
4.5%
Free or reduced priced lunch
74%
Students with disabilities
19%
English language learners
2%
Male
41%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with MS 131 and Emma Lazarus HS
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
77%
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?
58%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
38%
37% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
91%
85% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
53%
57% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
0.7
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
75%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
73%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
82%
80% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
83%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
71%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
85%
86% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 0 licensed arts teacher in Dance (part-time), Music (part-time), Theater (part-time), and Visual arts (part-time)

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
80%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
56%
54% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
78%
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?
91%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
17%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
1%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
40%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
39%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
77%
63% 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?
77%
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
93%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
90%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
88%
90% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
91%
60% Citywide Average
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Programs and Admissions

PACE High School
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

Core curricular subjects in Math, Science, English, Spanish and Social Studies meet 300 minutes a week; Project-based units.

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Environmental Science, AP US History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Basketball, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Cross Country, Outdoor Track, Softball, Volleyball

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Location

100 Hester Street
Manhattan NY 10002
Chinatown (District 2)

Contact

Phone
212-334-4663
Principal
Eric Glatz
Parent Coordinator
Lisa Ranson