New Visions Charter High School for Advanced Math and Science II

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

All students take four years of math and science; lots of support for students

The Downside

High suspension rate

New Visions Charter High School for Advanced Math and Science (AMS II) offers four years of math and science to prepare students for careers like engineering, medicine, technology or environmental science. Class sizes average 25 students, smaller than the typical public high school. [photo provided by New Visions]

AMS II is one several of charter schools run by New Visions for Public Schools, a non-profit school support organization founded in 1989 that has worked with the Department of Education and community partners to create more than 100 schools in New York City.

The school has a strong record. Its graduation and college readiness rates outpace the citywide average; many students tackle advanced and college level course work by their senior year.

Students attend summer enrichment sessions that focus on academics for rising 9th and 10th-graders and college admissions for 11th and 12th-graders. Classes are organized in three trimesters (instead of two semesters) a year, which allows students to take more courses and accumulate more credits.

For a small school there is a lot of staff to support students. There is a dedicated guidance counselor for each grade plus one that oversees special education services; two social workers coordinate and provide additional services to students in need.

There are a range of Advanced Placement classes and electives such as coding and environmental science. Students may also participate in a range of clubs such as cooking, video gaming, school newspaper, fashion, step, hip hop therapy and Gay-Straight Alliance

In a partnership with Lincoln Center Institute, students attend performances and visit art exhibitions related to their studies on a regular basis.

Opened in 2012, the school is house in the Jane Adams Educational Complex, which it shares with the School for Tourism and Hospitality. Students from both schools may take part in campus-wide sports teams.

A downside: the suspension rate is above the citywide average, though the school is introducing some restorative justice and conflict resolution practices with the goal of reducing suspensions, according to Assistant Principal, Samantha Schneider. Since making these changes the suspension rate has gone down by two percentage points, from 8 to 6 percent.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: AMS II offers team-teaching classes that mix general and special needs students with two teachers.

ADMISSIONS: All students are admitted by lottery. To participate, students must fill out an application typically by April 1st. Applications received after the deadline will automatically be placed on a waitlist. Admissions is ongoing until all seats are filled. Visit www.newvisions.org/admissions for more information or email [email protected] Photo courtesy New Visions. (Laura Zingmond, interview and web reports, June 2020)

 

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
98%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
100%
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
 
95%
Average daily attendance
 
96%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
10%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
 
94%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
 
100%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

585
Number of students
644 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
87%
Students with disabilities
 
16%
Multilingual learners
 
6%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
6%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
96%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
15%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
10%
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?
 
98%
6.0
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity


How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
 
89%
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

College Readiness

School
Citywide
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
 
64%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
91%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
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Contact & Location

Location

900 Tinton Avenue
Bronx NY 10456

Trains: 2 Line, 5 Line to Prospect Ave; 6 Line to Longwood Ave

Buses: Bx4, Bx4A, Bx6, Bx17, Bx19, Bx46


Contact

Principal: Spiridoula Manessis

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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