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Harvest Collegiate High School

Grades: 9-12
Staff Pick for Special Ed Noteworthy
34 WEST 14TH STREET
MANHATTAN NY
Phone: 212-242-3384
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Our Insights

What’s Special

Innovative classes; experienced staff

The Downside

Attendance is a work in progress; building has no gym or auditorium

Opened in 2012, Harvest Collegiate is an innovative school for students who want class discussions, lots of reading and writing, hands-on projects and class trips around the city. Housed on the upper floors of a building with a party supply store on the ground floor, the school is spacious, bright and inviting.

The school serves a wide range of academic abilities: Some students enter below grade level and others master demanding Advanced Placement or college classes. To help all students achieve, many classes have two teachers, and staff members give extra help outside of class. The students we spoke to said they receive an unusual level of personal attention from teachers, whom they call by first names. “The principal cares about the students,” one student told us. “She knows everything about me.” 

Instead of taking Regents exams for most subjects, students complete “capstone projects,” oral and written presentations to a panel of teachers on topics they choose themselves. One student researched the history of discrimination against Chinese immigrants; another argued that Richard Nixon was a better president than his reputation suggests; a third used mathematical equations to investigate how fast a virus might spread.

The school is part of the New York Performance Standards Consortium, a group of schools exempt from all Regents exams except English. Students receive a regular Regents diploma when they graduate.

The college-style course catalogue has thought-provoking titles: "Heroes and Villains" (history), "Beyond Voting: Democracy and Organizing" (social studies) and "Criminals" (English), to name a few. Every student is encouraged to pursue a special interest or talent after school. "We want students to love what they're doing," said principal Kate Burch.

Burch designed the school as her master's thesis at Teachers College, Columbia University. A Manhattan native, she graduated from Harvard College with high honors in history and literature, and taught at an alternative school, Humanities Prep, upon which Harvest is modeled. She believes in bringing together an economically, ethnically and academically diverse group of students. “Harmonious diversity is something that really stands out about our school, and we take pride in,” she wrote in an email. 

Students read books of their own choosing for up to half an hour during school hours. Teachers have found that students' writing abilities accelerated the most when they were required to write 16 essays during 9th grade.

Every week, teens spend half a day exploring the city beyond school walls, and there is a two-week "intensive" in January when students pursue activities like winter camping, computer animation or drama. After-school activities include Model United Nations, robotics, sailing, and a philosophy club called thinkTANK. While visual art is only offered after school, the school has a thriving music program. Every student learns a musical instrument (guitar, percussion or piano for two years in the lower grades, with an option to continue in various bands in the upper grades). 

Attendance is a work-in-progress; a new school system sends parents three text messages throughout the day alerting them of their child’s attendance status. There is no gym or auditorium. Student may participate in PSAL teams on the Washington Irving campus, a few blocks away.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: Students with special needs attend integrated classes where a team of special education and general teachers lead the class. The school also houses a District 75 school, which is separate from Harvest Collegiate.

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS: The school graduated its first class in 2016. Since then, most attend four-year CUNY and SUNY colleges (City College, Purchase and New Paltz are popular), with a significant number opting for two-year colleges, and roughly one-quarter attending private universities (i.e. Swarthmore, NYU, Brandeis). Several students have been awarded POSSE scholarships. The school has sent one student each (as of this profile) to Bard, Smith, Columbia University, Cornell and as far away as the University of Paris and University of Hawaii, Burch said in an email. 

ADMISSIONS: Open to families in all boroughs with priority to low-income students and Manhattan residents. There are many more applicants than seats. (Isabel Corpus, June 2018; updated, principal email, October 2019)

 

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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?
60%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
87%
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
32%
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
80%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
87%
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
1%
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?
76%
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?
86%
80% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
72%
45% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
35%
39% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
84%
67% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
457
Asian
7%
Black
21%
Hispanic
50%
White
18%
Other
4%
Free or reduced priced lunch
67%
Students with disabilities
25%
English language learners
2%

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
85%
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
42%
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?
83%
64% Citywide Average


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Programs & Admissions

From the 2019 High School Directory

Harvest Collegiate High School
Admissions Method: Open
Program Description:

Priority given to students who are eligible for Free Lunch (based on family income) for up to 63% of seats.

Harvest Collegiate High School D75 Inclusion Program
Admissions Method: D75 Special Education Inclusive Services

Academics

Language Courses

French, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English Literature and Composition, AP Macroeconomics, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP United States History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Handball, Soccer, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Softball, Volleyball

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools
NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location

Location

West Village (District 2)
Trains: 1 Line, 2 Line, 3 Line, L Line, F Line, M Line to 14th St; 4 Line, 5 Line, 6 Line, N Line, Q Line, R Line, W Line to 14th St-Union Square; A Line, C Line, E Line, B Line, D Line to West 4th St
Buses: M1, M101, M102, M103, M12, M14A, M14D, M2, M20, M23-SBS, M3, M55, M7, M8, X1, X10, X10B, X12, X14, X17, X27, X28, X37, X38, X42, X63, X64, X68, X7, X9

Contact

Principal
Catherine Burch
Parent Coordinator
MARGARITA RODRIGUEZ

Other Details

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

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