High School for Law, Advocacy and Community Justice
Lawyers teach classes in English and history.
Metal detectors; few advanced courses.
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)
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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.
Advanced Placement (AP) courses
AP Environmental Science, AP Psychology, AP Spanish
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
Manhattan NY 10023
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