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Inwood Early College for Health and Information Technologies

Grades: 9-12
650 Academy Street
Manhattan NY 10034
Phone: 212-567-1394

Our Insights

What’s Special

Earn a free two-year college degree in a growing field

The Downside

Instruction could be more rigorous, according to the quality review

Inwood Early College for Health and Information Technologies (IEC) aims to prepare children for jobs in a growing field that mixes computer knowledge and record-keeping skills. Students meet with mentors from the IT department at nearby New York Presbyterian and receive technology upgrades from Microsoft. 

The transition to electronic health records has created a demand for health information technicians, who do not work directly with patients but rather with patient records. Information technology includes hardware and software development, installation, networking and support. 

The lead partners of the school are New York Presbyterian Hospital, Microsoft and City University of New York (CUNY). Students may earn a Regent's diploma and an Applied Associate of Science (AAS) degree from CUNY's Guttman Community College if they stay six years. Some choose to leave Inwood Early College after 12th grade to find a job or attend a different college. 

Many students will be the first in their families to go to college and some face challenges. More than half enter 9th grade with weak writing, reading, vocabulary and number skills, according to school data, and some live in temporary housing.

To give kids extra support, the math and reading classes have two teachers each. Children learning English attend school on Saturday morning for extra help, according to the school's Comprehensive Education Plan.

Parents are encouraged to take part in their children’s education. They may visit classrooms without an appointment, and are invited to join staff and other parents at events to share strategies on how to help their kids at home.

Principal Samona Tait worked as an administrator at Democracy Prep Charter School. She is a graduate of Horace Mann, Penn State, and Harvard, where she earned a master's degree and doctorate in education.

Guttman Community College opened in 2011 as the New Community College and is one of the newest of City University of New York's seven community colleges. (It was renamed after receiving a $15 million endowment from the Stella and Charles Guttman Foundation.) Its location across from Bryant Park on West 40th Street seems inconvenient for students who live in Inwood, but college mentors travel up to Inwood, in addition to organizing field trips for their students to Guttman.

Inwood Early College is located on the 4th floor of a building shared with High School for Excellence and Innovation and JHS 52. Microsoft supplies tablets for the computer lab. Inwood students may participate in PSAL sports with Innovation students. Inwood has its own theater teacher.

While most children say they feel safe in school, some teachers report that order and discipline could be stronger, according to the NYC School Survey. Instruction could be also be more rigorous, according to the school's most recent Quality Review. On the plus side, almost all teachers would recommend the school to other families.

Uniforms are required.

ADMISSIONS: Educational option. The school seeks a mix of low-, middle- and high-achieving students. (Lydie Raschka, DOE data, July 2018)


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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 2019-20 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
79% Citywide Average

From 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
82% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
48% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
41% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
67% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
38% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
66% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
68% Citywide Average

For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

Inwood Early College for Health & Information Technologies
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

Students may take up to six years to complete the CTE early college high school program, earn an Associate degree (or up to two years of college credit) in technology or the biological sciences and participate in internships. Through our partnership with Bronx Community College, students begin dual enrollment in college courses as early as 10th grade. Through our partnership with NY Presbyterian and Microsoft, students engage job shadowing, mentoring and paid and unpaid internships.


Language Courses

French, Spanish


Boys PSAL teams


Girls PSAL teams

Badminton, Softball

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

Contact & Location


Inwood (District 6)
Trains: 1 Line, A Line to Dyckman St
Buses: Bx12, Bx12-SBS, Bx20, Bx7, BxM1, M100, M3, M4


Samona Tait
Parent Coordinator
Daysi Pereira

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the building with JHS 52 and the HS for Excellence and Innovation
Metal detectors?

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