The College Academy

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

Large campus perks include a pool and sports teams

The Downside

Discipline and order are a work in progress

Housed in the George Washington High School complex, the College Academy offers a dual language Spanish program in addition to a regular high school curriculum. Students have access to the campus sports fields and swimming pool. The five schools in the building share other resources such as Advanced Placement classes. 

The College Academy has a long ways to go to live up to its name, however. Only a little more than half the students graduate on time and few are ready for college-level work. 

Principal Timothy Sigerson took the helm in 2017. Under his leadership, there are signs of positive change. The comprehensive educational plan says teachers in all classes are working to boost reading, writing and speaking skills. Most teachers are experienced and effective, according to school reports. Students get extra help after school and on Saturdays. 

The tone at the school still needs work. Roughly half the students miss a month or more of school. Teachers say discipline and order is poor. Some students complain of bullying. 

The campus has a well-kept track and football field. The school offers a range of theater and dance clubs. Students must pass through metal detectors. The school website has a video that allows a peek inside the school.

Admissions: Students are admitted according to the educational option formula designed to ensure a mix of low, average and high achieving students. (Lydie Raschka, web reports and DOE data, December 2018)

 

 

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
92%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
78%
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
 
94%
Average daily attendance
 
81%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
51%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
 
96%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
 
96%
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

315
Number of students
624 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
95%
Students with disabilities
 
25%
Multilingual learners
 
52%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
1%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
96%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
7%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
5%
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

School
Citywide
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
 
100%
5.1
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
184
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?
 
79%
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

Calculus

 
3%

Computer Science

Not offered in 2019-20

Physics

Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

 
34%

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
48%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
11%

Music

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

School
Citywide
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
 
33%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
60%
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
42%
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
How many graduates of this school received Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) funding to attend a NYS college?
 
49%
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2014 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to 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

College Access for All

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

The college preparatory program is an academically rigorous program that infuses a college-going culture throughout all aspects of high school life.

Dual Language Spanish

Admissions Method: Screened: Language

Program Description:

Dual Language programs are designed to integrate English Language Learners with English-proficient students to receive content instruction in English and a target language.

The College Academy ACES 15:1 Program

Admissions Method: ASD/ACES Program

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Psychology, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP Drawing, AP United States History, AP Calculus AB, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Biology, AP English Literature and Composition, AP English Language and Composition, AP Spanish Literature and Culture

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Football, Soccer, Swimming, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Flag Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Volleyball

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location

Location

549 Audubon Avenue
Manhattan NY 10040

Trains: 1 Line to 191st St; A Line to 190th St

Buses: Bx18, Bx40, Bx42, Bx7, BxM1, M100, M101, M3, M4, M98


Contact

Principal: Timothy Sigerson

Parent Coordinator: Renzo Aliaga

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the George Washington Educational Campus with four other schools

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes

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