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Tottenville High School

Grades: 9-12
100 Luten Avenue
Staten Island NY 10312
Phone: 718-668-8800

Our Insights

What’s Special

Broad range of classes, programs and extra-curricular activities; ROTC program

The Downside

A large school may be overwhelming for some

Tottenville High School is a large, bustling school on the southern tip of Staten Island. It offers several themed program including two selective institutes—one in humanities and one in math and science—for very high-performing students and a Marine Corps Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program.

Typical of large schools, Tottenville’s size is its strength. There’s a broad selection of courses including honors sections in select subjects, as well as clubs, sports, internship opportunities, programs in the visual and performing arts, and a marching band. Students may study Italian, Spanish or Latin.

While students do not have to specialize in a specific talent or area of interest, there are opportunities to do so. Beginning in 10th grade, students may choose to join one of several CTE (career and technical education) programs where they take a three-year sequence of courses (in addition to a full academic workload) in one of several areas: finance, law, advertisement and design, architecture, automotive, TV production, computer science, culinary arts or health careers (medical or dental assistant paths).

College-level courses are plentiful and many students take at least one or earn professional certification in a skill by graduation. In addition to a nice range of Advanced Placement classes, students may earn college credit for free by taking courses at Wagner College and St. John’s University (Staten Island campus), or at Tottenville through a College Now partnership with Kingsborough Community College.

The school’s graduation rate and percent of students graduating with an Advanced Regents diploma exceed the citywide average.

Joseph Scarmato, a Tottenville parent himself (his three daughters attended), has been principal since 2014. A longtime educator with experience in both small and large high schools, Scarmato was the founding principal of the High School for Medical Professions and, prior to that, was an assistant principal at New Utrecht, both in Brooklyn.

Since his arrival, Scarmato has made changes to ensure that kids don’t feel lost or slip through the cracks in such a large school. He eliminated multiple sessions, so all students are now attending school across the same set of 10 periods each day. To cut down on lateness, classes are generally clustered by grade level in the same part of the building. For instance, sophomores don’t have to travel far when moving from their English to their history class.

Change is hard and some teachers don’t feel there’s a clear vision for the school, based on responses to the NYC School Survey, though most students say there are plenty of options to develop their talents and keep them interested. 

Tottenville has a high rate of college admissions. Graduates attend a range of schools, including CUNY, SUNY and private colleges. Top students have been admitted to highly selective schools in and out of state.

The school is also home to a Young Adult Borough Center (YABC), which is an evening academic program that caters to high school students who are behind in credits or have adult responsibilities that prevent them from attending school during the day.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: There is a wide range of special education services, including self-contained classes and ICT classes as well as occupational, physical and speech therapy. The school has an ASD Nest program that gives extra supports to a small group of students with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who are otherwise fully integrated into Tottenville classes.

Tottenville is one of several sites that form The Hungerford School, which is part of the citywide district (D75) for students with severe disabilities. (Laura Zingmond, interview and news and web reports, March 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 2019-20 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
79% Citywide Average

From 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

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

Who does this school serve?

From 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

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

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
66% 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

From the 2021 High School Directory

STEAM Academy
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

The STEAM Academy is comprised of five programs within the growing 21st century STEAM and related industries: Dental Office Technology, Medical Technology,Computer Science, Architecture and Finance. Each STEAM program is taught by teachers with experience from their respective fields. Each STEAM program has state of the art classrooms which provide students with an exceptional learning experience. Advanced Placement and college level courses as well as internships available for eligible students.

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

The Marine Corps JROTC program is co-sponsored by the Department of Education and the US Marine Corps. The curriculum is divided into three areas: academic, military, and physical fitness, and is designed to provide students with a sense of leadership and self-discipline.

Classics Institute
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description:

This four-year program is designed to challenge those students who are not only strong in the humanities and language areas, but also interested in pursuing careers in these or related professions. This four-year rigorous program, requires a serious commitment to adhering to the guidelines of the four-year curriculum. In addition to fulfilling all program requirements, students in this program are required to study languages other than English including Mandarin, and Spanish or Italian.

Law Academy
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

This is a three year sequence of courses related to the legal professions. Our state of the art courtroom exposes students to real world applications, practical skills and knowledge of the inner workings of the legal system. Out of the classroom learning experiences include, AP and college level courses, field trips as well as mock trial, debate team and internships.

Automotive Academy
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

This is a CTE certified program designed to train students in this advancing field. In our state of the art facility, students are taught through hands on projects by certified teachers on systems such as engine repair, electronic engine controls, computerized alignment, green technology, etc. Graduates are employed by new car dealers, repair/service stations, and the NYPD, FDNY, NYC Transit and NYC Sanitation. AP and college level courses as well as internships offered to eligible students.

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

The Culinary Arts Academy is a three year sequence of courses that provides an exciting hands-on approach preparing students for entrance into the field of Restaurant Hospitality. Students work in a professional atmosphere, with an acclaimed chef who is a certified instructor. The classroom is a fully-appointed, professional kitchen. The program explores the fundamentals needed in the food industry. AP and college level courses as well as internships are offered to eligible students.

Advertising Academy
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

This three year program will develop learners that have the ability to acquire knowledge and skills that are needed to move an idea to a commercial reality. Students will collect, gather, synthesize, analyze, present data, and communicate effectively within the global community, participate in hands on projects, producing ads, as well as public service announcements for professional agencies, including the DOE. AP and college level courses as well as internships available to eligible students.

Performing & Visual Arts
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

The Performing and Visual Arts academy at Tottenville HS is a four year program that will provide you with opportunities to explore a variety of medium, tools, and subject matter while developing the necessary skills to be successful in the arts program beyond the high school level. From AMERICAN IDOL to the N.Y. GIANTS PARADE, the concert halls of the world, to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Institution, and throughout the city and world, Tottenville’s highly-acclaimed Music and Art Departments have produced world class musicians and artists.

Science Institute
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description:

This four-year program is designed to challenge students who are strong in math and science and are interested in pursuing careers in these or related professions. This is a four-year rigorous program, that requires a serious commitment adhering to the guidelines of the 4 year curriculum. In addition to fulfilling all high school requirements, students take a minimum of two college-level science classes and one year of college-level math.

Tottenville High School D75 Inclusion Program
Admissions Method: D75 Special Education Inclusive Services


Language Courses

American Sign Language, Italian, Mandarin, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Computer Science A, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP Biology, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Calculus BC, AP United States History, AP English Language and Composition, AP Physics 1, AP World History: Modern, AP Psychology, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Italian Language and Culture, AP Drawing, AP Computer Science Principles, AP Chemistry, AP Music Theory, AP Calculus AB


Boys PSAL teams

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

Girls PSAL teams

Badminton, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Fencing, Flag Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Handball, Indoor Track, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams


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

Contact & Location


South Shore (District 31)
Trains: SIR to Huguenot
Buses: S55, S56, S59, S78, X17, X17J, X19


Gina Battista
Parent Coordinator
Concetta Assennato

Other Details

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

Zone for the 2019-2020 school year. Call school to confirm.


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