Inwood Early College for Health and Information Technologies

Grades: 9-12

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)


School Stats


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


Number of students
624 Citywide Average


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

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

Faculty & Staff

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
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?
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2020-21 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


Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science



Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Math or Science

Not offered in 2019-20


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

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
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.


From the 2021 High School Directory

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


650 Academy Street
Manhattan NY 10034

Trains: 1 Line, A Line to Dyckman St

Buses: Bx12, Bx12-SBS, Bx20, Bx7, BxM1, M100, M3, M4


Principal: Samona Tait

Parent Coordinator: Daysi Pereira


Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the building with JHS 52 and the HS for Excellence and Innovation

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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