High School for Law, Advocacy and Community Justice

Grades 9-12

What’s Special

Lawyers teach classes in English and history.

The Downside

Metal detectors; few advanced courses.

Our Review

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The vision: Lessons in English and history incorporate legal concepts.

The reality: At this small school, housed in the Martin Luther King Educational Complex, students may discuss legal concepts in the Greek play Antigone or consider whether cyberbullying is a crime. Several teachers are also lawyers, and we heard some interesting class discussions the day of our visit.

The legal theme isnt as strong as it was when the school was first founded in 2002: there is no longer space for a mock courtroom, for example. Still, there are courses designed to teach students about public affairs, such as a course in community issues that explains how city government works. Students may visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art as part of a global history unit on Ancient Greece and Rome. The school offers calculus and Advanced Placement English but it does not offer physics or many advanced courses.

Students may take part in the many sports teams on the Martin Luther King campus.

While most students say they feel safe in class, there are some complaints about fights in the building. About one-quarter of students say they dont feel safe in bathrooms or locker rooms; about half the students complain about the cleanliness of their school, according to the Learning Environment Survey. The school seemed calm the day of our visit. Students must pass through metals detector to enter the building.

Doreen Conwell, a long-time assistant principal, was named principal in 2011 after her predecessor, Miriam Nightengale left to lead Columbia Secondary School for Math, Science and engineering.

Special education: The school offers self-contained classes and Special Education Student Support Services (SETSS).

College admissions: While most students attend CUNY and SUNY schools, teachers encourage them to apply to their dream schools and some graduates have been admitted to Cornell, NYU, PACE and Penn State, teachers said.

Admissions: Educational option formula designed to ensure a mix of low-, average and high achieving students. (Clara Hemphill, January 2012)

About the students

Enrollment
498
Asian
2.4%
Black
37.2%
Hispanic
58.0%
White
1.8%
Other
0.6%
Free or reduced priced lunch
91%
Students with disabilities
18%
English language learners
7%
Male
42%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Martin Luther King, Jr. Educational Campus with four other schools
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
Yes
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
72%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
84%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
47%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
91%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
49%
37% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
79%
85% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
43%
57% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
4.8
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
89%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
83%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
91%
80% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
82%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
94%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
77%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
89%
86% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 1 dedicated space for Visual arts
This school has 2 licensed arts teacher in Visual arts (part-time) and Music

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
68%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
50%
54% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
68%
71% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
81%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
5%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
13%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
30%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
35%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
64%
63% 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?
85%
65% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
65%
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
100%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
95%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
94%
90% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
53%
60% Citywide Average
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Programs and Admissions

Law, Advocacy and Community Justice High School
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description

Students take law courses in their 11th and 12th grade years in addition to their social studies courses; a college preparatory focus is incorporated into the curriculum.

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Environmental Science, AP Psychology, AP Spanish

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Handball, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Volleyball, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Badminton, Basketball, Bowling, Flag Football, Handball, Indoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball, Wrestling

Coed PSAL teams

Double Dutch

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Location

122 Amsterdam Avenue
Manhattan NY 10023
Upper West Side (District 3)
Trains: 1 to 66th St - Lincoln Center; 2, 3 to 72nd St; A, B, C, D to 59th St-Columbus Circle
Buses: BxM2, M10, M104, M11, M12, M20, M31, M5, M57, M66, M7, M72, X12, X14, X30, X42

Contact

Phone
212-501-1201
Principal
Doreen Conwell
Parent Coordinator
Luta Fernandez

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