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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. (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

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
95%
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
 
95%
Average daily attendance
 
88%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
37%
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 achieve the goals of their students' IEPs?
 
89%
From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

576
Number of students
Citywide Average is 599

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
85%
Students with disabilities
 
7%
Multilingual learners
 
76%
From the 2022-23 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?
 
91%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
31%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
25%
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?
 
92%
5.9
Years of principal experience at this school
Citywide Average is 7
174
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
Citywide Average is 157

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, 2021-22 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 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

 
12%

Physics

 
16%

Advanced Foreign Language

 
73%

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
43%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
16%

Music

 
30%
From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2021-22 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?
 
92%
How many students who have graduated from this high school stay in college for at least 3 semesters?
 
71%
From the 2020-21 and 2021-22 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
53%
From the 2022-23 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2024 High School Directory

Bilingual Spanish Science & Mathematics (M62A)

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 (M62B)

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 2024 High School Directory

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Courses

Algebra II (Advanced Math), AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Computer Science A, AP Computer Science Principles, AP English Language and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP Human Geography, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Spanish Literature and Culture, Calculus (Advanced Math), Chemistry (Advanced Science), Physics (Advanced Science), World Languages (Advanced World Languages)

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball

Girls PSAL teams

Softball, 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 to 168th St; A Line to 168th St - Washington Heights; C Line to 163rd St - Amsterdam Av

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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