Gregorio Luperon High School for Science and Mathematics

Grades: 9-12

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

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
97%
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
 
97%
Average daily attendance
 
90%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
32%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
 
78%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
 
89%
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

543
Number of students
624 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
86%
Students with disabilities
 
5%
Multilingual learners
 
84%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
0%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
94%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
11%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
8%
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%
4.8
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
174
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?
 
88%
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

 
4%

Computer Science

 
6%

Physics

 
11%

Advanced Foreign Language

 
61%

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
44%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
14%

Music

 
24%
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?
 
49%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
88%
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
62%
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?
 
53%
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
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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.

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

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

Volleyball

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

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location

Location

501 West 165th Street
Manhattan NY 10032

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


Contact

Principal: Yecenia Cardoza

Parent Coordinator: Ysmeli Rosa

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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