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Port Richmond High School

Grades: 9-12
85 St. Josephs Avenue
Staten Island NY 10302
Phone: 718-420-2100

Our Insights

What’s Special

A nice variety of programs and extracurricular activities

The Downside

The graduation rate has a ways to go

Port Richmond is a large, traditional high school in an old, residential neighborhood on Staten Island's north shore. With the towering arch of the Bayonne Bridge as its backdrop, the school is housed in a well-maintained building that was constructed in 1920 and expanded in 1993 with the addition of a new wing.

The school underwent turmoil in the 2017-18 school year after long-time principal Tom Gannon retired. His interim replacement, Oneatha Swinton, drew the ire of some parents for proposing changes in the honors programs and was then removed after being indicted on felony fraud charges in Pennsylvania. Andrew Greenfield, a long-time assistant principal at Port Richmond, was named her interim replacement.

A diverse school, Port Richmond is large enough to offer two honors programs—one in math and science and the other in humanities—as well as Advanced Placement (AP) classes, a dual language Spanish program, a partnership with Wagner College and ROTC as well as a wide array of sports teams and extracurricular activities.

The ninth grade curriculum and structure focuses on helping students acclimate to high school. Beginning in 10th grade, students transition to one of the school’s programs, including the honors academies and programs in business and hospitality, bio-medical technology, culinary arts and television, visual and performing arts. Music choices are rich, with five bands, two choirs, and guitar classes. Students can participate in SING, a competitive musical production, and in a spring musical.

Despite its strengths, the school faces challenges. Many freshmen arrive with weak skills and the school’s graduation lags behind the citywide average.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school offers a variety of special education services, including self-contained classes and ICT (integrated co-teaching) classes.

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS: The school is open to all New York City residents. Guaranteed admission to students in the school's zone who apply to the zoned program. The Gateway Scholars and Collegiate Academy admit students based on a review of their grades, test scores, and records of attendance and lateness. The remaining programs use the educational option method aimed at ensuring a mix of students of all academic level. Most programs do not fill all their seats. (Gail Robinson, web reports, September 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 2017-18 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
77% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
85% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
36% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
81% Citywide Average

From 2015-16 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
3% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
74% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
80% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
44% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
39% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
66% Citywide Average

From 2017 NY State Graduation Outcomes

How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
13% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2017-18 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
38% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

This school offers Dual Language classes in Spanish.

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
63% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
68% Citywide Average

For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Programs & Admissions

The Gateway Scholars Program
Admissions Method: Screened
  • Attendance
  • Punctuality
  • Course Grades: English (70-100), Math (70-100), Science (70-100), Social Studies (70-100)
  • Standardized Test Scores: English Language Arts (2.0-4.5), Math (1.9-4.5)
  • Demonstrated Interest: School Visit
  • Honors/Accelerated Coursework
Program Description:

A competitive honors program that prepares students for college study in applied mathematics, sciences, and related professions. Students complete college-level courses in science and research opportunities, internships, and SAT/ACT prep.

Culinary Arts
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

Prepares students for career opportunities in the catering and food services industry.

Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

JROTC provides students with the tools, training, and experiences required for today's leadership roles. Drill courses provide the opportunity for students to participate in the National Drill Competition.

Institute of Business Technology, Hospitality & Entrepreneurship
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

A challenging program that immerses students in a CTE instructional model preparing them for business, economics, finance, and career education through the Virtual Enterprise Program and the Hospitality and Tourism Program.

The Academy of Television, Visual and Performing Arts
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

Study includes structures, space, color, and form. Focus on hand drafting, architectural design, model making, and sketching. Students will learn industry standard software (AutoCAD and Revit). Seniors complete projects culminating in portfolios for college entrance. Industry partners include E.B. Pritchard Architecture & Glass, Island Engineering, IMC Architecture, and Steven Savino Architect.

Medical Technology
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

Medical Technology introduces students to the multitude of occupations and careers available in the medical and health professions; the hands-on program prepares students for college-level courses through lab experience and internships.

Collegiate Academy Honors Program
Admissions Method: Screened
  • Attendance
  • Punctuality
  • Course Grades: English (80-100), Math (75-100), Science (74-100), Social Studies (82-100)
  • Standardized Test Scores: English Language Arts (2.3-4.5), Math (1.7-4.5)
  • Demonstrated Interest: School Visit
  • Honors/Accelerated Coursework
Program Description:

A challenging four-year honors program designed for students with outstanding academic ability; this program provides multiple opportunities for college-level courses, AP courses, and inquiry-based learning.

Admissions Method: Zoned Guarantee
Program Description:

Comprehensive academic program


Language Courses

Italian, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Computer Science, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP Psychology, AP Spanish, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP U.S. History, AP World History


Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Football, Handball, Indoor Track, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

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

Coed PSAL teams

Golf, Stunt

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

Contact & Location


North Shore (District 31)
Trains: N/A
Buses: S40, S44, S46, S53, S57, S59, S66, S89, S90, S94, S96


Andrew Greenfield
Parent Coordinator

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?

Zone for the 2017-2018 school year. Call school to confirm.


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