Hyde Leadership Charter High School

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

Very involved parents and a focus on character growth

The Downside

Few seats for students who don't attend Hyde Leadership Middle School

Hyde Leadership insists on strong commitment from everyone, including parents, who receive their own report cards and "graduate" alongside their children.

The school is modeled after a private boarding school in Bath, Maine, that is dedicated to character development. Hyde emphasizes the importance of personal growth through frank conversations, self-assessments and reflection.

"I'm a deep believer that young people chart their own course," said Executive Director Tom Sturtevant, a former high school teacher and principal. He came to Hyde in 2014 from the SEED foundation in Washington DC, an organization that works with urban boarding schools.

Parents are required to attend monthly meetings where they reflect on questions like, "What kind of a 6th grader was I?" or "How involved were my parents in my education?" Some new families find these expectations a little intimidating.

In the lower grades, there are strict behavioral expectations. Signs in classrooms list "non-negotiable rules," including staying in your seat unless you have permission to move, sitting up straight and keeping your eyes on the speaker. Students are sent home for infractions of the school uniform code such as not wearing a belt.

Originally opened as a k-8 school, Hyde expanded to high school in 2011. The high school is located in a shiny new building, a few blocks from the lower school. The building is light and welcoming, with comfy corners for students to gather. 

Students are encouraged to speak up about challenges, and can request a "conference" with staff at any time. High school teachers have "office hours" every afternoon from 3 to 4 pm. All 9th-graders go on an overnight retreat, sometimes to the boarding school on which Hyde Leadership was modeled.

Every child in grades k-8 must pass through metal detectors to enter the building, shared with Hunts Point Middle School. Some classes are in windowless basement rooms, and space is tight. 

There is a well-organized college office, with several counselors who ensure all students apply to college. Around 95 percent of Hyde graduates go on to college, both locally and to schools in Rhode Island, Connecticut and Virginia.

Special education: Almost one-quarter of the students have IEPs (individualized education programs). Staff meet with parents of children with IEPs to get to know each student's needs. For example, a student could have a paraprofessional, or aide, alongside a completely individualized schedule. The school has ICT team-teaching classes on every grade.

Admissions: Admission is by lottery, with priority for siblings and residents of District 8. There is a long waitlist. Roughly 90 percent of middle school students continue to Hyde Leadership High School. About five new students are accepted in each grade, said Robert Rodner, director of operations. No new students are admitted after 9th grade.  (Lydie Raschka, interview and web reports, February 2019)

 

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
68%
Average daily attendance
 
90%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
26%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
 
95%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
 
93%
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

936
Number of students
624 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
94%
Students with disabilities
 
25%
Multilingual learners
 
17%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
93%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
21%
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?
 
91%
12.0
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity


How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
 
77%
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2020-21 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?
 
39%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
42%
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
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Contact & Location

Location

830 Hunts Point Avenue
Bronx NY 10474

Trains: 6 Line to Longwood Ave

Buses: Bx6, Bx19, Bx46


Contact

Principal: Celia Sosa

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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