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New Visions Charter High School for the Humanities

Grades: 9-12
99 Terrace View Avenue
Bronx NY 10463
Phone: 718-817-7686

Our Insights

What’s Special

Research projects, small classes

The Downside

Metal detectors

Housed in the mammoth John F. Kennedy High School Campus, the New Visions Charter High School for the Humanities (HUM) opened in 2011, along with a sister school that has a focus on math and science. They share the building with five other high schools. Humanities is safe and orderly, with strong leadership, but has a ways to go in getting graduates ready for college-level work.

Humanities (HUM) is part of the New Visions Charter High Schools network created by New Visions for Public Schools, a nonprofit organization that has worked to strengthen NYC public schools since 1989.

Lessons are designed to be relevant to students’ lives, involving teens in discussion and projects, rather than scripted lessons, according to curriculum published online. Ninth graders delve into themes such as identity and society, for example. They ponder questions like, How should students design their own government? Rather than always work from a textbook, they may work in pairs or groups to solve a real-life problem in math or science. Students three tackle anchor projects in the older grades, researching issues that affect their community, such as gang violence or interactions with police, according to the school website.

The New Visions network has eight charter schools and prides itself on small classes with an average of 20 students. The school day is from roughtly 8:30 am to 3:30 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays with shorter days on Wednesdays and Fridays. Ninth and 10thgraders must attend a summer program in August. 

Students who arrive with low skills take double subject periods in core academics in 9th and 10th grades, with a focus on reading, writing and speaking. In the first semester of senior year, students do six pieces of formal writing. HUM offers advanced placement courses, including AP US History and AP Spanish, as well as College Now courses. 

Additional classes prepare teens for jobs, such as engineering, graphic design, music engineering, web design, computer science and filmmaking. Health and medicine, and sociology, are offered as electives. Over a dozen sports teams and student clubs are offered after school, including basketball, football, track, gymnastics, volleyball, cheerleading, tennis, baseball, cooking, creative writing, homework help and more. 

HUM and AMS students enter the JFK building via a bridge on the fourth floor, avoiding the ground floor congestion, although they must pass through metal detectors.

Ninety-nine percent of students graduated within four years in 2019, exceeding the citywide average. Almost 60 percent earned test scores high enough to enroll at City University of New York without remedial help, compared to roughly 50 percent citywide. 

ADMISSIONS: By lottery. Studentsmust fill out an application typically by April 1st. Applications received after the deadline will automatically be placed on a waitlist. Admissions ongoing until all seats are filled. Email [email protected] or visit www.newvisions.org/admissions for more information. (Lydie Raschka, school data and email correspondence, January 2020)

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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?
70%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
86%
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
50%
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
87%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
79%
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
5%
2% Citywide Average
Teacher turnover rate
21%
35% Citywide Average

How do students perform academically?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
99%
82% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
57%
48% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
26%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
67%
67% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
570
Asian
1%
Black
33%
Hispanic
64%
White
1%
Other
1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
87%
Students with disabilities
19%
English language learners
6%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
90%
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
34%
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?
95%
66% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
100%
68% Citywide Average


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Contact & Location

Location

Kingsbridge (District 10)
Trains: 1 Line to Marble Hill-225th St
Buses: Bx1, Bx10, Bx2, Bx20, Bx7, Bx9, M100

Contact

Principal
Magaly I Hicks

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the John F. Kennedy Educational Campus with six other schools
Metal detectors?
Yes

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