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Pelham Lab High School

Grades: 9-12
3000 East Tremont Avenue
Bronx NY 10461
Phone: 718-904-5090

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What’s Special

Science research opportunities

The Downside

Attendance and discipline are a work in progress

Founded in 2013, Pelham Lab High School offers science research opportunities and trips, in partnerships with Syracuse University and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. 

For some lessons, teachers assign projects that relate to students' lives, said founding Principal Jason Wagner. For example, in a math applications class, students "choose" a career, research the salary and make a budget based on take-home pay to see what they can afford. 

High-achieving 12th graders may participate in a science research class in which they design their own experiments and earn college credits through Syracuse. They also take regular trips to the science department at Albert Einstein, a mile away, and some do summer internships in labs. 

Parents are happy with the school, said Wagner, and they send younger siblings based on their experience. Most students feel safe in school and, while Wagner acknowledges the school has a ways to go to improve discipline and lower the suspension rate, he says, “our numbers show that, over time, we’re moving in the right direction.” 

More than half the staff has been trained in the use of restorative justice practices, designed to de-escalate tensions before they become large problems. The school has also adopted practices from NYC Outward Bound, a nonprofit that emphasizes adventure and team building. All 9th-graders are assigned to a “crew” of 10 to 15 kids and a teacher to work on organization and study skills and for social support. Crews stay together for all four years of high school. 

Some students miss a month or more of school. Each grade has its own guidance counselor and there is a full-time attendance secretary who calls or texts parents of missing students before the day is over, Wagner said. 

Wagner previously worked as a lead AP English Language and Composition teacher at Millennium Art Academy, a small school where student work is often infused with art. 

Pelham Lab is located in the Herbert H. Lehman High School Campus, which it shares with five other schools. Sharing space within the building can be a challenge and results in increased class size and crowded hallways, Wagner said. The upside is students may participate in Lehman’s many campus sports, teachers share practices among schools and students have access to more Advanced Placement classes. 

College trips begin in the 9th grade. The school partners with CARA (college access: research and action), which specializes in providing help for first-generation, low-income college-bound students. 

Admissions: There has been room for all applicants in recent years. (Lydie Raschka, interview and 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?
49%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
72%
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
63%
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
79%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
69%
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2%
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?
53%
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
6.1

How do students perform academically?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
69%
82% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
34%
48% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
25%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
61%
67% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
475
Asian
7%
Black
21%
Hispanic
61%
White
7%
Other
4%
Free or reduced priced lunch
73%
Students with disabilities
22%
English language learners
16%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
83%
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
57%
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?
52%
66% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
61%
68% Citywide Average


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Programs & Admissions

From the 2020 High School Directory

Pelham Lab High School
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Requirements:
  • Attendance
  • Punctuality
  • Course Grades: English, Math, Science
  • Standardized Test Scores: Average
Program Description:

Pelham Lab offers a rigorous academic program that also supports students social and emotional growth. Students have multiple opportunities for college-level work in high school including opportunities for AP courses, Science Research and CUNY College Now courses. Every student receives a crew class to ensure they can navigate high school and be prepared for college and career in the years ahead.

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English Language and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP Spanish Language and Culture

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Football, Indoor Track, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Rugby, Soccer, Tennis, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Flag Football, Indoor Track, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams

Cricket, Stunt

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

Contact & Location

Location

Unionport (District 8)
Trains: 6 Line to Westchester Square-East Tremont Ave
Buses: Bx21, Bx24, Bx31, Bx4, Bx40, Bx42, Bx4A, Bx8

Contact

Principal
Jason Wagner
Parent Coordinator
Elvis Pena

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Herbert H. Lehman Educational Campus with five other schools
Metal detectors?
Yes

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