Tottenville High School

Grades 9-12

What’s Special

Big, suburban-style high school with strong spirit

The Downside

Lots of seniors only have a half day

Our Review

Tottenville High School is a large, bustling zoned school on the southern tip of Staten Island. It has two small, 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 open to Staten Islanders who live outside the school zone.

Kids say they like Tottenville because it’s like a little city with something for everyone. “The teachers make it a great environment,” one junior told us at the high school fair. Sports are a big focus for the school community, and the school has a strong spirit. Many teachers are themselves Tottenville grads. Seniors can have a full schedule or a short day, ending school by noon, depending on their academic coursework; the school has one college guidance counselor, and individual guidance counselors that work with students over all four years of high school. Many students go to CUNY and SUNY schools; about 64 percent of graduates enroll in either 2- or 4-year colleges, according to the 2010-11 Progress Report.

Some ROTC students we spoke with plan to enter the military; others hope that the ROTC experience, including leadership training, will improve their college applications. (Students who are admitted as ROTC participants may transfer into Tottenville’s other programs after a year, if they elect to do so.)

The school serves a range of students, and offers some Advanced Placement courses, along with subject tutoring and daily after-school credit-recovery classes for students who need to make up required coursework. Credit recovery classes are smaller than regular classes, which often max out at the legal cap of 34 - one boy we spoke with said his credit-recovery English class started with 20 students in September but dwindled to five by late October, because kids dropped out.

Ninety percent of the students responding to the Learning Environment Survey said they feel safe at school, and most teachers agreed the school is orderly. Kids told us security steps in quickly to resolve the occasional fights in the stairwells, bathrooms or lunchroom.

Special education: The school has a wide range of special education services, including self-contained classes, OT, PT, speech therapy and counseling. Nearly 500 students have individual education plans.

Admissions: Zoned high school. Students with grades of 90 over above in their core subjects may apply to the Classics Institute or the Science Institute. Admission to the Marine ROTC program is by the educational option formula designed to ensure a mix of low- average and high performing students. (Helen Zelon, high school fair, October 2011)

 

About the students

Enrollment
3911
Asian
5.3%
Black
1.9%
Hispanic
11.9%
White
79.4%
Other
1.6%
Free or reduced priced lunch
30%
Students with disabilities
18%
English language learners
1%
Male
52%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
110%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
91%
87% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
27%
37% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
76%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
58%
37% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
81%
85% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
54%
57% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
3.0
5.8 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
62%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
77%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
62%
80% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
86%
74% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
76%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
69%
86% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 8 dedicated spaces for Music, Visual arts, and Media arts
This school has 13 licensed arts teacher in Music, Theater, and Visual arts

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
89%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
47%
54% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
86%
71% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
89%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
29%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
4%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
65%
36% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
60%
37% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
72%
60% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
81%
66% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
77%
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
91%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
93%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
93%
90% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
73%
59% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

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. The program is rigorous and requires a serious commitment.

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. The program is rigorous and requires a serious commitment. 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. Hands on and computer research in science is required, leading to opportunities for both supervised and independent research.

Zoned
Admissions Method: Zoned Guarantee
Program Description

A comprehensive academic college preparatory program.

Academics

Language Courses

Italian, Latin, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

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

Sports

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

Golf

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Location

100 Luten Avenue
Staten Island NY 10312
South Shore (District 31)
Trains: SIR to Huguenot
Buses: S55, S56, S59, S78, X17, X17J, X19

Contact

Phone
718-668-8800
Principal
Joseph Scarmato
Parent Coordinator
Concetta Assennato

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