High School for Health Careers and Sciences

Grades: 9-12
549 Audubon Avenue
Manhattan NY 10040
Phone: 212-927-1841

Our Insights

What’s Special

Strong community support; programs for English language learners

The Downside

Poor graduation rate and attendance

Students at the High School for Health Careers and Sciences, one of the small schools on the George Washington Educational Campus, may go on camping trips, learn to skate or travel to Washington D.C. as part of a partnership with Catholic Charities. They may get glasses and counseling services along with medical care and help with immigration problems.

Graduation and attendance rates are low, and there is a tense relationship between the principal and the staff, according to school surveys. But when the city proposed closing the school for poor performance in 2018, students, parents and elected officials rallied at City Hall to keep it open. The city agreed to give the school more time to improve.

There are unusual classes like anatomy, physiology, robotics and hydroponics/aquaponics. Students may gain experience in health professions by interning at the Isabella Geriatric Center.

Students may participate in fitness club and world cultures cooking club. The school has a large number of new Spanish-speaking immigrants

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school offers integrated co-teaching (ICT) classes, in which a general education and special education teacher work together.

ADMISSIONS: Priority to District 6 students, then to the rest of Manhattan. (Isabel Corpus, web reports, June 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

From 2020 School Directories

This school offers Transitional Bilingual Education in Spanish.
This school offers Dual Language classes in Spanish.

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

Health Careers & Sciences
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

We offer students the opportunity to excel in academics.


Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science


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


Washington Heights (District 6)
Trains: 1 Line to 191st St; A Line to 190th St
Buses: Bx18, Bx40, Bx42, Bx7, BxM1, M100, M101, M3, M4, M98


Javier Trejo
Parent Coordinator
Elsa Roman

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the George Washington Educational Campus with four other schools
Metal detectors?

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