Emma Lazarus High School

Grades 9-12
Noteworthy

What’s Special

College prep classes for new immigrants

The Downside

Not all students graduate

Our Review

The Emma Lazarus High School offers small classes and a challenging college-prep curriculum for older students who are new to this country and still learning English. Many of the students have had low levels of education in their home countries and face financial hardships as they adjust to life in the United States.

Not all students graduate, but more than half of those who do earn a demanding Advanced Regents diploma, a rate that’s well above the citywide average. Newsweek ranked Emma Lazarus one of the top schools in the country in terms of preparing at-risk students for college.

“Everyone is equal and supports each other here,” one student told a visitor as part of the Quality Review. “I feel comfortable speaking English in class, even if I say the wrong word.”

Classes are taught in English, but many of the staff speak other languages and have taught outside the United States. Many teachers are trained to teach English as a Second Language as well as history, science or math.

"We have 18 languages spoken here," Principal Melody Kellogg said, with Mandarin, Cantonese and Spanish the most prevalent. Students with different native languages are grouped together in class to encourage them to speak English.

Members of the student government make sure that new students have someone to sit with at lunch, according to the Quality Review. Each student meets weekly with an adviser to discuss academic as well as social or emotional issues. Advisers call home each day a student is absent or late and comes up with strategies to improve attendance plans if needed. Overall, attendance is high.

Students take frequent class trips to improve their English and learn more about the city. The school has partnerships with New York City Mission Society's Learning to Work Program, Lincoln Center's LEAD program, the New York City Horticultural Society, and TADA! Youth Theater.

A downside: The school has an above-average drop-out rate—perhaps not surprising given the challenges the students face.

The transfer school shares a building with Pace High School and MS 131.

ADMISSIONS: The school accepts English language learners who are at least 16 years old. Students are accepted throughout the year. (Clara Hemphill, web reports, April 2018)

About the students

Enrollment
309
Asian
48.2%
Black
8.1%
Hispanic
33.3%
White
8.1%
Other
2.3%
Free or reduced priced lunch
94%
Students with disabilities
0%
English language learners
80%
Male
55%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with Pace HS and MS 131
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
86%
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?
86%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
15%
37% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
94%
85% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
81%
57% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
7.9
5.8 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
65%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
86%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
71%
80% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
56%
74% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
79%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
93%
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 Theater
This school has 2 licensed arts teacher in Music (part-time) and Theater (part-time)

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
84%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
62%
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 graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
59%
13% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
30%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
33%
37% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
32%
38% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
66%
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?
79%
68% Citywide Average
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Location

100 Hester Street
Manhattan NY 10002
Chinatown (District 2)
Trains: 6, N, Q, R, W to Canal St; B, D to Grand St; F to East Broadway; J, Z to Bowery; M to Delancey St-Essex St
Buses: B39, M103, M14A, M15, M15-SBS, M22, M55, M9

Contact

Phone
212-925-5017
Principal
Melody Kellogg
Parent Coordinator
Duran Flemming

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