Gregorio Luperon High School for Science and Mathematics

Grades: 9-12
501 West 165th Street
Manhattan NY 10032
Phone: 212-928-1202

Our Insights

What’s Special

Spanish-speaking students new to this country learn about robotics and aviation

The Downside

Many students with low skills need to catch up

Founded in 1994 to serve Spanish-speaking students who are new to this country, Gregorio Luperon is a safe and welcoming school where students feel inspired to learn, according to school surveys. A new program in robotics and aviation, launched in 2018, expands the school’s offerings in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Students may learn the fundamentals of flight by constructing hot air balloons made of tissue paper, “rockets” made of rubber balloons, and model airplanes made from balsa wood; 24 students, 12 male and 12 female, may take part in the You Can Fly program designed to encourage students to consider a career as a pilot. “Our goal is more females in engineering and math,” said robotics teacher Jonas De Leon, who is also a pilot.

The contemporary school building, which opened in 2008, is flooded with light and cheery colors. It boasts science labs, a large gym and a library filled good-sized worktables, computers and windows overlooking trees and a church with a round stained-glass window.

Plans for the new STEM program include a Federal Aviation Administration-approved aviation training simulator, as well as Advanced Placement courses in physics, biology, computer science, calculus and advanced robotics, according to the Washington Heights Patch.

Many students arrive with weak academic skills, and the school’s 4-year graduation rate is below average. However, about 80 percent of students graduate within 6 years.

“Students are treated with a great sense of respect,” according to the school’s Comprehensive Education Plan. “Students’ attendance is always high, and many students and staff members remark that the school feels more like a family than a school.”

ADMISSIONS: The school serves newly-arrived immigrants, ages 14-18, who have completed at least eight years of education in their native countries and who have been in the United States for fewer than two years. (Clara Hemphill, DOE statistics and news reports, August 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 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

Bilingual Spanish Science & Mathematics
Admissions Method: Screened: Language & Academics
Program Description:

Students take a four year sequence in Science, Mathematics, and Social Studies in a bilingual setting; extensive sequence of English as a New Language and English Language Arts; Spanish AP Language and their choice of other AP courses and/or electives; and modified programs to serve the needs of Newcomers transitioning to New York City. All four years encompass objectives of college and career preparedness and readiness.

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. This program is open to all students regardless of interest area.


Language Courses

French, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Computer Science Principles, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Environmental Science, AP Calculus AB, AP Computer Science A, AP Spanish Literature and Culture, AP Music Theory, AP English Language and Composition


Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball

Girls PSAL teams


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, A Line to 168th St; C Line to 163rd St-Amsterdam Ave
Buses: Bx6, Bx6-SBS, Bx7, M10, M100, M101, M2, M3, M4, M5


Yecenia Cardoza
Parent Coordinator
Ysmeli Rosa

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?


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