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Health Opportunities High School

Grades: 9-12
350 Gerard Avenue
Bronx NY 10451
Phone: 718-401-1826

Our Insights

What’s Special

Music, art, theater and dance in every grade

The Downside

Poor attendance and graduation rates

Located in a renovated factory building in a desolate neighborhood off of the Major Deegan Highway, Health Opportunities High School (HOP) serves many homeless students, students with learning disabilities or emotional problems, and new immigrants whose education has been interrupted. Many students miss months of school when they make extended visits to their countries of origin, according to the school’s Comprehensive Educational Plan.

The school works to engage them with a rich arts curriculum that includes four years of music, art, theater and dance.  The school has an annual "Fashion, Talent and Lip Sync Show," where students may model outfits they have designed, read their own poetry, or perform a dance or musical number, according to the annual arts report.

Students may earn certification in entry-level jobs in the health care industry, such as a home health aide, a certified nursing assistant, or a personal trainer.  All students are required to have internships, according to the high school directory. Students are required to take four years of math and science and three years of a foreign language—significantly more than the state’s minimum graduation requirements. Unfortunately, the graduation rate is below the citywide average and the quality of teaching is uneven, according to the school’s Quality Review.

Health Opportunities, a traditional school with desks in rows and a dress code, shares a building with Community School for Social Justice, a progressive school with a curriculum based on in-depth projects rather than Regents exams. The building has a fully staffed medical clinic.

Special education: The school serves a large number of students with special needs, including those with learning and emotional disabilities. It has both team-teaching and self-contained classes.

Admissions: In recent years the school has had room for everyone who wants to attend. (Clara Hemphill, web reports, December 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 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
77%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
79%
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
44%
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
57%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
71%
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
3%
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
85%
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
0.7

How do students perform academically?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
60%
82% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
37%
48% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
20%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
48%
67% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
497
Asian
1%
Black
38%
Hispanic
58%
White
1%
Other
2%
Free or reduced priced lunch
87%
Students with disabilities
22%
English language learners
14%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
82%
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
53%
38% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
41%
66% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
35%
68% Citywide Average


For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Programs & Admissions

From the 2020 High School Directory

Health Opportunities High School
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Requirements:
  • Attendance
  • Standardized Test Scores: English Language Arts, Math

Academics

Language Courses

Japanese, Russian, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP U.S. Government and Politics

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Outdoor Track, Soccer

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Cross Country, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Softball, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams

Stunt

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools
NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location

Location

Mott Haven (District 7)
Trains: 2 Line to 149th St-Grand Concourse; 3 Line to 145th St; 4 Line, 5 Line to 138th St-Grand Concourse; 6 Line to 3rd Ave-138th St
Buses: Bx1, Bx13, Bx15, Bx19, Bx2, Bx21, Bx32, Bx33, M1, M102, M7

Contact

Principal
Andrew Clayman
Parent Coordinator
Keyla Familia

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with the Community School for Social Justice
Metal detectors?
No

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