The High School For Language And Diplomacy

Grades 9-12

What’s Special

International trips; extensive language instruction

The Downside

Students complain about the building's scanning system

Our Review

UPDATE 2014:Amber Najmi-Shadid, a former assistant principal at Brandeis High School, became principal of the High School of Language and Diplomacy in 2013.

2010 REVIEW:The High School of Language and Diplomacy is designed to offer students four years of Chinese, French or Arabic; to give them a chance to travel abroad; and to introduce them to activities such as Model United Nations. In its first year, several dozen students traveled to Istanbul for a 10-day trip. The school is planning student exchanges with sister schools in India and China.

The High School for Language and Diplomacy is a partnership between the city Department of Education and the Asia Society, which has sponsored a network of high schools to foster international relations. The school opened with a ninth grade class in 2009 on the sixth floor of Washington Irving High School, a cavernous building that also houses Gramercy Arts. At the time of our visit, the halls were bare, apparently because teachers didnt want to decorate temporary quarters. The school felt new, and it is too soon to say whether it will succeed. Still, classes were filled with engaged and interested students. In both French and Chinese classes, students were speaking the languagenot working on worksheets or chatting in English. Principal Santiago Mayol seemed passionate and enthusiastic as he walked into classes, sitting next to students to help them individually.

The first period, Embassy Program, includes advisory, Model UN preparations, cultural diplomacy and college prep. Students have the same Embassy Program teacher for four years. Wednesdays are elective days and students take only elective classes, including human geography, psychology, photography and academic help, if needed, then finish the day at 1:05. The philosophy is not, Lets get you to pass the test, but lets prepare you for life, Mayol said. Students stay afterschool and they come early. It sets the tone that this is [their] space.

The new school had a rocky first year. The founding principal, responsible for designing the school, left in August 2009, just before the school opened. Staff complained that Mayol, who replaced him, did not make his expectations clear and that order and discipline were uneven, according to DOE surveys.There was a significant amount of teacher turnover the first year, but Mayolwas confident the school was on the upswing. [In October 2012, Mayol was arrested on charges of shoplifting from Home Depot. He remained at the school during the 2012-2013 school year andAmber Najmi-Shadid became principal in 2013.]

Special education: The school offers integrated Collaborative Team Teaching classes and additional studio classes for English and math, designed to target specific skills. Classes are scheduled in free periods before or after the normal school day and are required for some students but open to all who are interested.

Admissions: Priority to those who attend a school fair. Prospective students are encouraged to visit and sit in on a class. (Aryn Bloodworth, October 2010; updated December 2014)

About the students

Enrollment
402
Asian
29.4%
Black
20.4%
Hispanic
42.5%
White
5.2%
Other
2.5%
Free or reduced priced lunch
72%
Students with disabilities
16%
English language learners
10%
Male
45%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Washington Irving Educational Campus with five other schools
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
Yes
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
97%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
85%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
47%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
33%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
29%
37% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
75%
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
0.4
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
23%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
39%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
24%
80% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
65%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
98%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
56%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
39%
86% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 1 dedicated space for 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?
46%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
37%
54% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
44%
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?
87%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
6%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
10%
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%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
22%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
53%
63% 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?
82%
65% 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?
55%
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
100%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
100%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
100%
90% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
61%
60% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

High School for Language and Diplomacy
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

Academics

Language Courses

Arabic, French, German, Mandarin

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Calculus AB, AP Computer Science, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP U.S. Government and Politics

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Handball, Soccer, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Softball, Volleyball

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Location

40 Irving Place
Manhattan NY 10003
Gramercy (District 2)
Trains: 1, 2, 3, F, M to 14th St - 6th Ave; 4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R to 14th St-Union Square; L to 3rd Ave
Buses: BM1, BM2, BM3, BM4, BxM10, BxM6, BxM7, BxM8, BxM9, M1, M101, M102, M103, M14A, M14D, M15, M15-SBS, M2, M23, M3, M34A-SBS, M5, M7, M8, M9, QM21, X1, X10, X10B, X12, X14, X17, X2, X27, X28, X37, X38, X42, X5, X63, X64, X68, X7, X9

Contact

Phone
212-253-2480
Principal
Sarah Hernandez
Parent Coordinator
Octavia Hallett

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