High School for Health Professions and Human Services
Top students conduct research at nearby hospitals
Halls are jammed and classes are on triple sessions
DECEMBER 2009 UPDATE: Robert A. Gentile, formerly an assistant principal at New Utrecht High School, is the principal at the High School of Health Professions and Human Services, as of September 2009. The previous principal, Marta Jimenez, retired.
APRIL 2007 REVIEW: Most students enter the High School of Health Professions and Human Services considering careers in nursing, pharmaceuticals, and the medical sciences. The school attracts students with programs in science research and medical technology, as well as elective classes for forensics and sports medicine.
Responding to the high demand for nurses in the United States, Health Professions offers college-level nursing courses through an affiliation with the New York College of Technology. These courses give students a head start toward a 3-year nursing degree. The school has a connection with Queens College through the College Now program, which offers college-level courses for college credit.
In the Medical Science and Research program that starts in the 10th grade, teachers are trained by the National Academy of Science and other organizations. In a 10th grade class, students were presenting their research to the small class and were expected to evaluate one another's work based on a rubric. One read her report about the effectiveness of prenatal treatment on congenital toxoplasmosis a condition in which a baby is born with a range of symptoms due to a fetal infectionand although she stumbled on some scientific terminology, presented a detailed report. The school also holds a symposium near the end of the year in which a small group of upper class students present and defend their research to an audience of teachers and parents.
In the two-year Medical Technology program, students work in medical labs and focus on studying diseases. Principal Marta Jimenez told us she is working to link the program with a Career and Technical Education endorsement so that graduating students will be certified to work in a medical lab in New York.
Internships are an important part of the curriculum; students intern at nearby hospitals, after school programs, and other community organizations for five semesters, and work with medical staff, tutor patients, or help translate for those who don't speak English.
Sadly, the school no longer offers its Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) course, which offered students the opportunity to be licensed as a paramedic. The staff member who was certified to teach the course retired, and no replacement could be found.
Health Professions takes kids with varying academic skills. While there are double-period literacy classes and tutoring services for struggling students, the school also pays attention to higher achieving kids by offering challenging courses, including Advanced Placement classes. Students are required to take 4 years of math and science classes, and stay with the same teachers for an entire year.
Declared a landmark in 2004, the building, which once housed Stuyvesant High School, shows signs of wear. Problems with the physical plant are being addressed; so far, bathrooms and science labs have been renovated. Overcrowding has eased but the school still runs three overlapping sessions. Hallways are sometimes jammed during class changes. The building is now shared with a 6-12 school, Institute for Collaborative Education (ICE), and a District 75 school, P226, for students with severe disabilities.
Interestingly, there are more girls than boys in the school, and there are gripes about the chancellor's ban on cell phones and the school's dress code (collared shirts and dark pants), although there are "dress down Fridays." The attendance rate is slightly low when compared to other city high schools, but Jimenez attributed this to long-term absentees or truants and adds that the rate for the majority of students is actually closer to 92%.
College acceptances: In 2006, about 80% of graduates went on to 4-year colleges, and another 15% to 2-year colleges, according to the school's college counselor. Some attend CUNY and SUNY colleges others were accepted at Colgate, Columbia, and New York University. (Catherine Man, April 2007)
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Programs and Admissions
A three year program, offered starting in tenth grade in partnership with SUNY Albany, focusing on Scientific Research under the mentorship of professionals at partner facilities, internships and preparation for Intel Expo; Students can earn up to 12 college credits.
Emphasis on the basic sciences; hands-on laboratory work using state-of-the-art equipment and computer research in laboratory analyses in the diagnosis and treatment of disease and maintenance of health.
Advanced Placement (AP) courses
AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP Chemistry, AP English, AP Spanish, AP US Government and Politics, AP US History, AP World History
Boys PSAL teams
Baseball, Basketball, Handball, Soccer
Girls PSAL teams
Basketball, Cross Country, Flag Football, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball
Manhattan NY 10003