Life Sciences Secondary School

Grades 6-12

What’s Special

Collaboration with Mt. Sinai Hospital

The Downside

Cramped facilities; no outdoor space

Our Review

Life Sciences was founded in 1998 in collaboration with Mt. Sinai School of Medicine to encourage black and Hispanic students to prepare for careers in medicine. High school students must take four years of math and science and may attend lectures and demonstrations at Mt. Sinai, according to the school website.

Most students enter this combined middle and high school with poor academic skills, but about three-quarters graduate on time. Teachers say academic standards are high. Principal Genevieve Stanislaus, who took the helm in 2001, is an effective manager who is trusted by the staff, according to the Learning Environment Survey.

Students say they feel safe in class, but there are some complaints about fights. About one-quarter of the students who responded to the survey said they dont always feel safe outside the building or in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms. Many students and some teachers said the building is dirty.

The school is housed in a small, early 20th-century red brick building on the border of Districts 2 and 4. Its hallways are cramped, the classrooms are small and there is no outdoor space. Facilities include a renovated auditorium, library, dance room, computer lab and a fitness room equipped with commercial quality cardio and resistance machines. The "gym" is a thin strip of space at the rear of the auditorium fitted with a gym floor and basketball hoops.

There are no metal detectors, but a student ID system helps track chronically truant students as well as those cutting classes. Students must wear uniforms of a shirt emblazoned with the school emblem and pants other than jeans.

Special education: The school offers SETSS (special education teacher support services), self-contained classes for student with special needs only and "collaborative team taught" (CTT) classes, where two teachers work with a group of special- and general education students.

Admissions: Admission to the middle school is open to students from Districts 2 and 4. The high school follows the education option formula which admits students of all levels of achievement. Roughly 75 students are admitted to the 6th grade and 150 to the 9th grade each year. (Laura Zingmond, October 2007, updated with DOE statistics, November 2012)

About the students

Enrollment
632
Asian
4.8%
Black
30.4%
Hispanic
58.5%
White
3.2%
Other
3.2%
Free or reduced priced lunch
72%
Students with disabilities
22%
English language learners
9%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
86%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
80%
90% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
56%
27% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
48%
75% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
54%
45% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
66%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
34%
49% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
1.0
5.8 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
57%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
52%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
61%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
75%
70% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
47%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
63%
84% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Test scores

How many students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
10%
29% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
11%
38% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 3 dedicated spaces for Music and Visual arts
This school has 3 licensed arts teacher in Music and Theater

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
56%
68% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
49%
56% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
58%
69% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
0%
38% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
79%
87% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
Life Sciences Secondary School
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
63%
83% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
15%
13% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
8%
4% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
23%
38% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
8%
48% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
59%
71% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
70%
65% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
Average math score for ICT students
1.83
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
1.83
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.93
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.0
2.2 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
53%
67% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
100%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
100%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
100%
89% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
32%
67% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Life Sciences for New Students
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description

Focus on Life Sciences with science electives, internships, mentoring, and research opportunities.

Life Sciences for Current Students
Admissions Method: For Continuing 8th Graders
Program Description

See above description.

Academics

Language Courses

French, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP English Literature and Composition, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP World History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Soccer

Girls PSAL teams

Soccer, Softball, Volleyball

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Location

320 East 96th Street
Manhattan NY 10128
Upper East Side (District 2)
Trains: 6 to 96th St
Buses: BxM1, BxM10, BxM6, BxM7, BxM8, BxM9, M101, M102, M103, M106, M15, M15-SBS, M31, M86-SBS, M96, M98

Contact

Phone
212-348-1694
Principal
Kimberly Swanson
Parent Coordinator
Cecilia Marshall

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