New Visions Charter High School for Advanced Math and Science I

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

Longer school day; four years of math and science

The Downside

High suspension rate

Advanced Math & Science (AMS) offers four years of math and science to prepare students for careers in the fields of engineering, medicine, technology or environmental science. Class sizes average 25 students, smaller than a typical public high school classroom.

AMS is part of the New Visions Charter High Schools network, created by New Visions for Public Schools, a nonprofit organization founded in 1989. 

Housed in the large John F. Kennedy High School Campus building, AMS opened in 2011 along with a sister school that focuses on the humanities. The two schools share the building with five other high schools. Although discipline is still a work in progress, AMS has solid and improving academic performance overall and a good track record serving students with disabilities. The majority of the students graduate on time. 

Classes are organized in trimesters instead of semesters, which allows students to take more courses and accumulate more credits. Lessons are designed to be relevant to students lives, according to the New Visions website and published curriculum, following big themes and ideas rather than scripted lessons. Ninth graders cover themes such as identity and society, for example, and rather than do only work from a textbook, teens may work out real-life scenarios in groups to practice math and science concepts. 

Many children arrive with low skills and the school has double subject periods in 9th and 10th grades, with a focus on reading, writing and speaking skills. By the first half of senior year, students do six pieces of formal writing. Students tackle special projects in the older grades around an issue that affects their community, such as gang violence or interactions with the police, according to the school’s website. AMS offers Advanced Placement courses in a variety of subjects including biology, calculus, statistics, English literature, drawing, US history and computer science. 

The school day is from 8:15 am to 4:15 pm on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, and ends an hour earlier on Tuesday and Friday. There is a required summer session for new 9th- and 10th-graders. Sports like basketball, football and gymnastics are campus-wide. 

While students overwhelmingly say they feel safe in school, roughly half the teachers who responded to the survey say order and discipline are not maintained, according to school surveys. The most recent data for suspensions is six times the citywide average. However, most students say discipline is applied fairly.

Students have gone on to pursue two- and four-year college degrees at various institutions, such as SUNY Albany, Buffalo State College, Borough of Manhattan Community College, Howard University, Hunter College and Yale University, according to the New Visions website. [photo provided by New Visions]

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 or more information or email [email protected]  (Lydie Raschka, school data and email correspondence, January 2020)

 

 

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
96%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
80%
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
 
100%
Average daily attendance
 
90%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
31%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
 
100%
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 2019-20 NYC School Survey

Students

505
Number of students
644 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
80%
Students with disabilities
 
11%
Multilingual learners
 
5%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
4%
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
 
49%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
89%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
43%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
26%
From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

School
Citywide
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
 
81%
9.0
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
Teacher turnover rate
 
31%
From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey, 2019-20 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 2019-20 NY State Report Card, 2021 Guidance Counselor Report and this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Advanced Courses

Which students have access to advanced courses at this school? Learn more

Calculus

Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science

Not offered in 2019-20

Physics

Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Math or Science

Not offered in 2019-20

Music

Not offered in 2019-20
From unpublished, anonymized data from the class of 2019-20 provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

School
Citywide
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
 
56%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
24%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2011-12 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
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Contact & Location

Location

99 Terrace View Avenue
Bronx NY 10463

Trains: 1 Line to Marble Hill-225th St

Buses: Bx1, Bx10, Bx2, Bx20, Bx7, Bx9, M100


Contact

Principal: Robert Hiller

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the John F. Kennedy Educational Campus with six other schools

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes

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