Herbert H. Lehman High School

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

New leadership is invigorating an old school.

The Downside

Academics are a work in progress.

After years of struggling with poor discipline and low academic performance, Lehman High School may be making a comeback. John Powers, formerly an assistant principal at Bronx High School of Science, became principal in 2015 and has hired some of his former Bronx Science colleagues to help reinvigorate the teaching. Attendance, while still below the citywide average, is increasing. Teachers feel more positive about the school, according to annual surveys.

Lehman High School, open to all who live in the attendance zone school, has just 750 students, a sharp decline from 2008 when it had more than 4,300.

The gigantic Lehman Campus building, which houses more than 4,000 students, is divided into six schools. The principals of all six schools meet frequently and plan together to expand opportunities for their students. For example, each small school opens its Advanced Placement classes to all students in the building. The schools share sports teams and a newly renovated library. The principals are all committed to restorative justice, the practice of improving discipline by encouraging students to make amends to those they have wronged, rather than simply punishing them.

Other schools in the building include: Renaissance High School for Musical Theater & Technology, Pelham Lab High School, Schuylerville Prep,Bronx River High School, and Westchester Square Academy.

Although many students fail to graduate on time, the top Lehman students have been admitted to very selective colleges, including Yale University, William and Mary, and Sophie Davis, the CUNY School of Medicine, Powers said. And teachers take care to ensure that even students who drop out of high school have opportunities by, for example, helping them enroll in the Job Corps training and GED program, Powers said.

Special education: Nearly one-quarter of students receive special education services. The schools offers self-contained and team-teaching classes.

Admissions: Zoned school. Out-of zone students also admitted. (Clara Hemphill, telephone interview, June 2017)

[Photo by Jim.henderson, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons]

 

 

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
80%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
57%
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
 
64%
Average daily attendance
 
87%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
36%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
 
89%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
 
89%
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

1027
Number of students
624 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
80%
Students with disabilities
 
24%
Multilingual learners
 
12%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
1%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
88%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
35%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
18%
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?
 
73%
6.0
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
112
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?
 
73%
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

 
3%

Computer Science

 
9%

Physics

 
11%

Advanced Foreign Language

 
6%

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
20%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
6%

Music

 
13%
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?
 
51%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
33%
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
79%
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?
 
51%
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2014 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

Computer Science/Information Technology Program

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

Explore the world of Computer Science/Information Technology taught by instructors with real-world experience. Students can earn industry certifications in A+, TestOut (PC Pro, Network Pro, Security Pro, Linux Pro), Networking and Cabling, Security, Adobe Photoshop and Premiere. Courses include Python, AP Computer Science Principles, Computer Repair, Networking, Cisco, Film Production, Digital Photography, Web Development, Audio Engineering and Digital Music.

Anne Hutchinson Honors Program

Admissions Method: Screened

Program Description:

Our honors program is committed to challenging students and preparing them for college. We boast a 100% graduation rate for the honors program. Students move as a cohort through honors and Advanced Placement courses. Student supports include SAT preparation course, college visits and college essay writing.

Herbert H. Lehman High School D75 Inclusion Program

Admissions Method: D75 Special Education Inclusive Services

Herbert H. Lehman High School ACES 12:1:1 Program

Admissions Method: ASD/ACES Program

Zoned

Admissions Method: Zoned Priority

Program Description:

Lehman High School offers an array of computer science (e.g. coding) and digital media courses (e.g. digital photography, film production/editing), as well as AP and SUNY courses.

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

American Sign Language, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Computer Science A, AP Statistics, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Biology, AP English Literature and Composition, AP English Language and Composition, AP Computer Science Principles, AP Psychology, AP Macroeconomics, AP Chemistry, AP U.S. Government and Politics

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: John Powers

Parent Coordinator: Rosaline Torruella

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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