New Visions Charter High School for the Humanities I

Grades: 9-12

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. Students must 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. [photo courtesy New Visions] (Lydie Raschka, school data and email correspondence, January 2020)

 

 

 

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
100%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
95%
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
 
100%
Average daily attendance
 
89%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
37%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
 
99%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
 
98%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2019-20 NYC School Survey

Students

574
Number of students
644 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
86%
Students with disabilities
 
16%
Multilingual learners
 
8%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
6%
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
 
70%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
86%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
50%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
27%
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?
 
87%
7.0
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
Teacher turnover rate
 
21%
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?
 
55%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
26%
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, 3rd Floor
Bronx NY 10463

Trains: 1 Line to Marble Hill-225th St

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


Contact

Principal: Magaly I Hicks

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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