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Eleanor Roosevelt High School

Grades: 9-12
Staff Pick
411 East 76th Street
Manhattan NY 10021
Phone: 212-772-1220
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Our Insights

What’s Special

Traditional college prep curriculum and strong college office

The Downside

Few openings for out-of-district students, tiny gym

Eleanor Roosevelt High School (ELRO for short) has a motivated student body, a traditional college-prep curriculum and an excellent record of college admissions. Wide hallways, polished floors, and spotless modern bathrooms make the former Sotheby's warehouse one of the most pleasant school buildings in the city—even though the cafeteria and gym are small.

In a city where lots of schools have themes and specialties, Eleanor Roosevelt stands out for its gimmick-free curriculum and no-nonsense approach to teaching. Although class discussion and some project work are encouraged, many rooms have desks in rows and lessons led by the teacher standing at the front of the class. All students take four years of college-prep math, science, English, history, and a foreign language; many take multiple advanced placements exams.

The English curriculum focuses on the classics: 9th graders read The Epic of Gilgamesh, "Oedipus the King," Beowulf and "Macbeth"; 10th-graders read Dantes Inferno (while they study the Italian Renaissance in history) and A Tale of Two Cities by Dickens (while they study the French Revolution); 11th-graders read The Scarlet Letter (while they study U.S. history.) All 9th-graders take geometry and a special class called foundations of math, designed to shore up algebra skills. Most seniors take calculus. The Spanish classes we saw were taught entirely in Spanish.

There is not a lot of choice, said Principal Dimitri Saliani. "We expect you to take chemistry. We expect you to take physics." Sometimes, there is a choice between hard or harder, he said. For example, 10th-graders may choose between Regents-prep global history or advanced placement world history.

That said, there are a number of electives, particularly in technology. Students may develop apps for iPhones, study robotics, use a 3-D printer, make a film, or learn computer programming. While many schools ban cellphones and block access to YouTube and Facebook, ELRO gives students access to all websites and encourages them to BYOD (bring your own device). Kids have to learn to deal with distractions, the principal says. Students may leave the building for lunch.

Teachers work hard to build a sense of community among the students and, in a school this small, everyone knows everyone. In September, entering 9th-graders attend an overnight camp to work on team-building skills. There are lots of clubs, including Model UN as well as Lego art and jazz ensemble. Students told us the homework load is heavy but not oppressive—two to three hours a night.

College: A full-time college counselor meets with all students and their parents at least twice for 40 minutes each time. Nearly all graduates go on to four-year colleges; a large proportion go to private colleges, some on full scholarship. Students have been admitted to the University of Chicago, Tufts, Carleton, Barnard, University of Michigan, Oberlin, Occidental and the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Special education: The school has several team-teaching classes, which mix children with special needs and general education students and have two teachers. Students with disabilities who are eligible for team-teaching classes need not meet the same admissions standards as other students.

Admissions: The school has nearly 6,000 applicants for 125 seats each year, so competition to get in is tough. Students must have good attendance, level 3 or 4 on standardized tests, and grades of at least 90 in core academic subjects. Priority in admissions goes to students who live or attend middle school in District 2, and there are very few openings for out-of-district children. There are occasionally seats available in upper grades. (Clara Hemphill, October 2014; updated 2018)

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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?
86%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
99%
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
18%
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
57%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
89%
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
0%
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?
85%
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
11.1

How do students perform academically?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
100%
82% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
100%
48% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
97%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
92%
67% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
530
Asian
15%
Black
3%
Hispanic
10%
White
66%
Other
6%
Free or reduced priced lunch
19%
Students with disabilities
16%
English language learners
0%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
97%
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
6%
38% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
100%
66% Citywide Average


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Programs & Admissions

From the 2020 High School Directory

Eleanor Roosevelt High School
Admissions Method: Screened
Requirements:
  • Initial Filter: Attendance - Fewer than 10 days late or absent
  • Course Grades: Average (94-100)
  • Standardized Test Scores: Average (4.1-4.5)
Program Description:

We offer students a comprehensive liberal arts curriculum across all disciplines. Students are given the opportunity to pursue higher level courses across the humanities and STEM fields.

Academics

Language Courses

French, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Art History, AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Comparative Government and Politics, AP Computer Science Principles, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Macroeconomics, AP Music Theory, AP Physics C: Mechanics, AP Spanish Literature and Culture, AP Statistics, AP United States History, AP World History: Modern

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Tennis

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Cross Country, Flag Football, Soccer, Softball, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams

Golf

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools
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Contact & Location

Location

Upper East Side (District 2)
Trains: 6 Line to 77th St; Q Line to 72nd St
Buses: BxM1, M101, M102, M103, M15, M15-SBS, M31, M66, M72, M79-SBS, M86-SBS, M98, Q102

Contact

Principal
Dimitri Saliani

Other Details

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?
No

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