Richard R. Green High School of Teaching

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

Inclusive tone, drama and internships

The Downside

Limited facilities, no auditorium

Named after the first African American New York schools chancellor, Richard R. Green High School of Teaching has built a reputation as a safe place where students may express themselves freely. Students call teachers by their first names and the staff has been trained in conflict mediation and restorative justice practices. The school was selected by the city as a “showcase school” to help other schools create an inclusive community for LGBTQ students. 

The focus of the school is broader than its name suggests. It is designed so students develop skills such as communication, planning and public speaking. While budding teachers may volunteer in local elementary schools, there are also paid internships with organizations such as Getty Images, Gawker, Harlem Youth Corp, Air France and Morgan Stanley. 

Principal Joan Weaver took the helm in 2017. Formerly in accounting, she began her education career as a math teacher in Far Rockaway, then taught at Repertory Company High School and Art and Design, where she also served as assistant principal. 

One of her first concerns was to reduce the high suspension rate, which was twice the citywide average. She has an open door policy and keeps an eye out for kids with “more challenging stories.” As a mother of four, she says, "It’s a much bigger picture than academics in raising a physically, mentally, socially healthy young adult.”

The school has a ways to go but data and school surveys show improvement in several areas under Weaver’s leadership. Attendance is better and more children graduate on time. The suspension rate has dropped. The school pairs a high-achiever with a child who struggles with academics and attendance. The outcome is that kids who might never talk to each other feel more connected, Weaver said.

Three-quarters of the students take four years of math and science, and there are now more Advanced Placement classes including AP computer science. With her math background, Weaver looked at test score data and set about “fine-tuning kids on the fence and making sure they got over the fence.” 

The school offers drama because Weaver believes it is beneficial for students who may want to be teachers. The only downside is there is no auditorium. “It’s a hard place to showcase the talent,” she said.

Support for college-bound students includes after school tutoring, as well as an SAT and college prep course once a week. College for Every Student increases college awareness and organizes trips. AVID (Achievement via Individual Determination) assists students in filling out college applications. SEO (Sponsors for Educational Opportunity) provides financial and academic support for high-achieving students. Every year, former students return to talk about college and careers with current students.

Special education: Several special education teachers are dual certified in special education and a content area such as math or social studies. “The ICT [team-teaching] model here is one, unlike other schools, where the special ed teacher is a true colleague,” Weaver said. “It’s a seamless pairing.”

Admissions: Open to students from all five boroughs. Students are admitted by a formula designed to ensure a mix of different academic abilities. (Lydie Raschka, web reports and interview, October 2018)

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
88%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
83%
Average daily attendance
 
78%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
44%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
 
100%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
 
100%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

287
Number of students
644 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
85%
Students with disabilities
 
24%
Multilingual learners
 
5%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
1%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
98%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
13%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
11%
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

School
Citywide
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
 
100%
4.1
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
117
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
157 Citywide Average

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity


How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
 
91%
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2019-20 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 NY State Report Card, 2021 Guidance Counselor Report and this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Advanced Courses

Which students have access to advanced courses at this school? Learn more

Calculus

Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science

 
9%

Physics

Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

 
9%

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
62%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
32%

Music

Not offered in 2019-20
From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2019-20 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

School
Citywide
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
 
63%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
48%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
84%
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
How many graduates of this school received Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) funding to attend a NYS college?
 
50%
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2011-12 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

Teaching Academy

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

Participation in a teaching program includes elective courses and field experiences supporting careers in education. Internship is an offsite field experience where students leave the building to work directly with elementary and middle school children and teachers. A new program with SUNY Buffalo will provide a college education course onsite for college credit.

Liberal Arts Academy

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

Participation in a general elective program that provides a series of elective classes, career exploration, internships, and externships for students. There is an extensive range of corporate/start-up internships including summer paid internships.

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English Language and Composition, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Computer Science Principles, AP Psychology, AP Biology, AP Environmental Science, AP Art History, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP English Literature and Composition

Boys PSAL teams

Basketball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Softball

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Contact & Location

Location

7 Beaver Street
Manhattan NY 10004

Trains: 1 Line to South Ferry; 2 Line, 3 Line to Wall St; 4 Line, 5 Line to Bowling Green; A Line, C Line to Fulton St; J Line, Z Line to Broad St; R Line, W Line to Rector St

Buses: BM1, BM2, BM3, BM4, BxM18, M15, M15-SBS, M20, M55, M9, QM11, QM25, QM7, QM8, X1, X10, X10B, X11, X12, X14, X15, X17, X17A, X19, X2, X27, X28, X3, X37, X38, X4, X42, X5, X7, X8, X9


Contact

Principal: Joan Weaver

Parent Coordinator: Lisa Morales

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Broadway Educational Campus with two other schools

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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