New Visions Charter High School for Advanced Math and Science II
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All students take four years of math and science; lots of support for students
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/