Pelham Lab High School

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

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)

 

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
76%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
77%
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
 
47%
Average daily attendance
 
89%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
38%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
 
100%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
 
100%
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

339
Number of students
624 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
79%
Students with disabilities
 
25%
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?
 
92%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
20%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
17%
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?
 
90%
8.2
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
113
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?
 
78%
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

Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science

 
5%

Physics

Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

 
8%

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
16%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
10%

Music

Not offered in 2019-20
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?
 
39%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
50%
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
57%
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

Pelham Lab High School

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

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.

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

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

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

3000 East Tremont Avenue
Bronx NY 10461

Trains: 6 Line to Westchester Square-East Tremont Ave

Buses: Bx21, Bx24, Bx31, Bx4, Bx40, Bx42, Bx4A, Bx8


Contact

Principal: Jason Wagner

Parent Coordinator: Monique Barnes

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Herbert H. Lehman Educational Campus with five other schools

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes

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