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Landmark High School

Grades: 9-12
Noteworthy
351 West 18th Street
Manhattan NY 10011
Phone: 212-647-7410
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What’s Special

Strong emphasis on research, writing and public speaking; students learn American Sign Language

The Downside

Student attendance needs to improve

At Landmark High School, students learn to speak up, reflect and tackle challenging work. Rather than taking Regents exams in most subjects, students conduct in-depth projects and complete research papers, which they present before a panel of teachers for review. The school is very small, and teachers and staff get to know students very well.

Landmark is part of the New York Performance Standards Consortium, a group of schools exempt from administering all but the English Regents exam. Eleventh- and 12th-graders must complete PBATs (performance based assessment tasks), which involve extensive research and reading as well as writing and presenting papers in English, math, history and science on topics of their own choosing, such as “Sunshine Across the United States: Using Trigonometric Functions to Analyze Sunrise, Sunset and Daylight Dates” (math); “How Do Gender and Age Affect Prism Adaption” (science); and “The Journey to Happiness in Capitalist Societies” (English).

Overall, Landmark students take the same range of courses as those offered at most city schools, but teachers delve more deeply into topics and encourage students to be flexible thinkers. Projects, presentations, reading, writing and rich class discussions are emphasized in all grades and subjects.

We visited the school in late January during “mini PBAT week,” a time when students in most other high schools are taking Regents or end-of-semester exams. Instead of sitting silently in classrooms taking tests, Landmark students across the school were presenting their work to peers and completing tasks on their own and in groups to demonstrate what they learned to date. In a 10th-grade English class, students were delivering speeches they drafted, getting feedback on both the style and substance of their presentation. Elsewhere, 12th-graders taking statistics discussed the formulas they used to analyze and identify relationships among a data set.

Some upperclassmen were completing their full PBATs. During the lengthy oral defense portion of an English PBAT, a 12th-grader fielded lots of challenging questions and pointed feedback after presenting an analysis of A Farewell to Arms through the Marxist lens, as well as a literature review of her four favorite books read during high school.

Despite Landmark’s strengths, some challenges persist such as student attendance, which is improving, but has a ways to go. Likewise for the school's overall graduation rate, though it is rising steadily, reaching 75 percent for the 2017-18 school year.

To serve the broad range of students in the class, teachers tend to pair students with similar skill levels together. So it’s typical to find different groups of students working on different level texts and assignments—all geared toward the lesson of the day.

In addition to studying algebra 1 and 2, geometry and trigonometry, all students learn statistics, a very handy skill for college-bound kids. Pre-calculus is offered as an elective.

All students learn American Sign Language for their foreign language. “We have a lot of students who are already fluent in Spanish, so we wanted to teach a language where everyone started at the same place,” said principal Caron Pinkus. “And knowing ASL is a great skill.”

There are elective classes such as journalism, creative writing, music production, drumming, film appreciation, anime, SAT prep and computer programming. Beginning in 10th grade, students may take college courses for free at Manhattan Borough Community College, John Jay College of Criminal Justice or Baruch College.

Each teacher serves as an adviser to a group of students, meeting with them in small groups several times a week and keeping tabs on their attendance and academic progress. One parent said she appreciated the level of communication she has with the school, such as being able to text her child’s adviser whenever she has a question and getting up to speed on the college admissions process.

There’s a college office lead by a full-time college adviser who has a good record of helping students obtain full-tuition scholarships. Students who are not college-bound get assistance finding jobs post-graduation. “We put together a plan for everyone,” said the college adviser.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: There are ICT (Integrated Collaborative Teaching) classes and SETSS. The school also offers a class to help students with special needs prepare for the PBATs.

ADMISSIONS: The school admits students based on the educational option formula, which is designed to admit a mix of low-, average- and high-performing students. Priority is given to Manhattan students and residents, though there is typically space for students from other boroughs. (Laura Zingmond, January 2018, updated October 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?
56%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
88%
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
33%
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
85%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
85%
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2%
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
81%
75% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
5.9

How do students perform academically?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
75%
80% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
53%
45% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
54%
39% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
50%
67% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
330
Asian
3%
Black
33%
Hispanic
59%
White
2%
Other
2%
Free or reduced priced lunch
80%
Students with disabilities
22%
English language learners
5%

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
82%
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
56%
38% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
67%
64% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
67%
68% Citywide Average


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Programs & Admissions

From the 2019 High School Directory

Landmark High School
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Requirements:
  • Attendance
  • Punctuality
  • Course Grades: English, Math, Science, Social Studies
  • Standardized Test Scores: English Language Arts, Math
Program Description:

We are a small, college-preparatory school that offers a challenging academic curriculum with an emphasis on reading, collaboration, and project-based learning. All students have the opportunity to graduate with 13 college credits through our College Now For All initiative. We are part of the NY Consortium, and students present 6 PBATs (performance-based assessment tasks) before a committee in order to graduate. Our advisory program supports a close-knit, positive learning culture.

Academics

Language Courses

American Sign Language

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Soccer, Volleyball, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Bowling, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball

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

Location

Chelsea (District 2)
Trains: 1 Line to 18th St; A Line, C Line, E Line, L Line to 14th St
Buses: M11, M12, M14A, M14D, M20, M23-SBS, M55, M7, X1, X10, X10B, X12, X17

Contact

Principal
Caron Pinkus
Parent Coordinator
Owen Aquino

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Bayard Rustin Educational Campus with five other schools
Metal detectors?
No

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