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Tottenville High School

Grades: 9-12
Noteworthy
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 neighborhood school on the southern tip of Staten Island. It mainly admits students who live in its zone, though there are three small programs that are open to all Staten Island students: 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.

ADMISSIONS: Students who live in the school’s zone are guaranteed admission to the zoned program only but are encouraged to apply to the other programs that are open to all Staten Island students. Admission to the two selective institutes (Classics and Science) is based on a review of students’, grades, state test scores and record of attendance and punctuality. The Marine ROTC program accepts students according to the educational option formula, wihich is designed to admit a mix of low- average- and high-performing students. (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 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
77%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
82%
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
58%
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
61%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
68%
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
0%
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
89%
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
5.1

How do students perform academically?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
92%
82% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
77%
48% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
64%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
75%
67% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
3654
Asian
5%
Black
2%
Hispanic
11%
White
80%
Other
2%
Free or reduced priced lunch
34%
Students with disabilities
21%
English language learners
2%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
92%
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
24%
38% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
82%
66% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
77%
68% Citywide Average


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Programs & Admissions

From the 2020 High School Directory

STEAM Academy
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Requirements:
  • Attendance
  • Punctuality
  • Course Grades: Average
  • Standardized Test Scores: English Language Arts, Math
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
Requirements:
  • Attendance
  • Punctuality
  • Course Grades: Average (92-100)
  • Standardized Test Scores: English Language Arts (3.7-4.5), Math (3.7-4.5)
  • Honors/Accelerated Coursework
  • Zoned
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 is a four-year rigorous program, that requires a serious commitment adhering to the guidelines of the four-year curriculum. In addition to fulfilling all high school requirements, students in this program are required to study languages other than English, including Latin and Spanish or Italian.

Law Academy
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Automotive Academy
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Culinary Academy
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Advertising Academy
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Performing & Visual Arts
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Science Institute
Admissions Method: Screened
Requirements:
  • Attendance
  • Punctuality
  • Course Grades: Average (94-100)
  • Standardized Test Scores: English Language Arts (3.7-4.5), Math (4.1-4.5)
  • Honors/Accelerated Coursework
  • Zoned
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.

Zoned
Admissions Method: Zoned Guarantee
Program Description:

A comprehensive academic college preparatory program.

Academics

Language Courses

Italian, Latin, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP 2-D Art and Design, AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science A, AP Computer Science Principles, AP Drawing, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP Italian Language and Culture, AP Latin, AP Music Theory, AP Physics 1, AP Psychology, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP United States History, AP World History: Modern

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

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

Contact & Location

Location

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

Contact

Principal
Joseph Scarmato
Parent Coordinator
Concetta Assennato

Other Details

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?
No

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

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