Health Opportunities High School

Grades: 9-12

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)

 

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
74%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
67%
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
 
54%
Average daily attendance
 
84%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
54%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
 
99%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
 
100%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

387
Number of students
644 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
91%
Students with disabilities
 
31%
Multilingual learners
 
11%
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?
 
95%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
22%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
12%
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?
 
65%
2.8
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
68
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?
 
75%
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2019-20 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

Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science

 
5%

Physics

Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

 
13%

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
23%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
10%

Music

 
52%
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?
 
36%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
62%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
77%
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?
 
43%
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2011-12 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

Health Opportunities High School

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

French, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Seminar, AP Computer Science Principles, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Spanish Literature and Culture, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP Biology

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

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Contact & Location

Location

350 Gerard Avenue
Bronx NY 10451

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

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the building with the Community School for Social Justice

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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