World Academy for Total Community Health High School (WATCH)

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

Focus on health careers and internship opportunities

The Downside

Attendance and graduation rates are below the citywide average

World Academy for Total Community Health (WATCH) High School is a CTE (career and technical education) school that introduces students to a range of health careers through partnerships with local organizations and colleges.

In 2013 current principal Claudette Christie replaced longtime principal Kim Wanliss. Christie was previously assistant principal. She maintains that all adults at WATCH go the extra mile to support students and improve the school. "I clean classrooms, pick up garbage, do book clubs.... We do whatever needs to be done to keep the school in order," Christie says.

WATCH is located in the Thomas Jefferson Educational Campus in East New York. Although attendance has been slowly improving, it remains below the citywide average, and more than half the student body is chronically absent. There is an attendance teacher who is in charge of completing home visits in order to address this. According to the school's Quality Review, WATCH has embraced a new approach to discipline, aiming to implement more restorative methods rather than relying on detentions and suspensions.

Academically, there are three different areas of focus: Medical Science, Certified Nursing Assistant, and Sports Management. The school offers several Advanced Placement courses in subjects such as English literature, English composition, biology and calculus. Students can also take college courses for free at the Medgar Evers Pipeline Program and Berkeley College.

Students get additional help after the end of the regular school day. WATCH collaborates with a range of organizations such as Brownsville Multi-Service Family Health Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering to provide support services as well as school-year and summer internship opportunities. 

After school, students may participate in clubs and activities such as choir, swimming (in an on-site pool) and building-wide sports teams.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: WATCH has ICT (integrated co-teaching) classes and para-professionals who support students with particular needs.

ADMISSIONS: Open to all New York City students. (Ella Colley, April 2015; updated by Katharine Safter, via web reports, 2018)

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
70%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
58%
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
 
67%
Average daily attendance
 
81%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
52%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
 
0%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
 
0%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

169
Number of students
644 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
93%
Students with disabilities
 
22%
Multilingual learners
 
17%
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?
 
91%
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?
 
16%
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?
 
94%
7.9
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
90
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?
 
87%
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

Not offered in 2019-20

Physics

Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

 
6%

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
13%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
25%

Music

 
64%
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?
 
21%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
27%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
55%
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?
 
38%
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

CNA Certified Nursing Assistant Program

Admissions Method: Open

Program Description:

CTE Curriculum provides a pathway for students to transition from high school to post secondary opportunities in health careers. Students will engage in hands-on experience by providing patients with health care needs in various medical settings through clinical internship programs.

Medical Science

Admissions Method: Open

Program Description:

Students will discover the science of protecting and improving the health of the entire population. The goal is to acquire the knowledge to address concerns within the physical environment, research and investigate risk factors, providing motivations for changes in lifestyles, and develop services for the maintenance of healthy lifestyles. Students will engage in service learning opportunities to further their interest in careers such as public health administration and health care.

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Biology

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Flag Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, 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

400 Pennsylvania Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11207

Trains: 3 Line to Pennsylvania Ave; L Line to Livonia Ave

Buses: B14, B15, B20, B83


Contact

Principal: Claudette Christie

Parent Coordinator: Nichole Douglas

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Thomas Jefferson Educational Campus with three other schools

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes

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