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Science Skills Center High School for Science, Tech and Creative Arts

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 507 students

 

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Posted April 23, 2014

dont send your child here! i am a freshman here at this school and i thought that this school was gonna be a great school, by its name. but now that ive spent a whole year here, my mind had said otherwise. Parents, if you want to send your children to this school then you might want to reconsider on that; if you're looking for a good school then choose anything but here; if your child was accept to this school, make sure your child goes to the other school they were accepted, unless they were accepted to only here. If thats so, then rip that acceptance letter and demand for a second round. im sorry that i seem blunt, but im saying this for the sake of ur child/children!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 19, 2010

I have read all of the reviews on this school. I can agree with some of your opinion. As a grandparnet of a 9th grader I will say some of the teaching staff needs to be taught how to handle these youngest. My grandson seems to like most of the teachers and enjoy being taught by them, however there is one teacher who I feel should be removed from the school. Some of his statements to these children are out of line. I personally think he has a problem with children of color. On another note I have visited the school several times just to see what going on, My grandson is involved in several activities outside of the school that is wonderful, I only wish this school could offer more activities to these student. overall the school gets 3 stars


Posted October 19, 2009

I graduated from this school. After reading the reviews from all of these other people this school must have totally changed. Yes, Academically and as a person they expeced alot from us because they were preparing us to compete with other students that had greater resources then we had. And here we go with this thing about the teacher not caring about the students. Guess what when they get to college the professors won't hold their hand either.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 16, 2009

i went to science skills for two years. the school looks like the school in the movie 'lean on me' when the school started out crazy. The teachers did not care for the students but a few teachers. MR. P, MR. Cassico, and they are the gym teachers.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 7, 2009

As a parent of a student at this school, I'm very disapointed with the administration and some of the teachers. The the student population so far so good. I give it 3 stars.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2009

i go to this school, its the worst ever, and the administration expects so much from us and makes it sound like it is our fault the school is horrible in almost everyway
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 28, 2009

Do not send your children hear unless you want them to complain daily for 4 years about what an 'institution' this school is. It should even be on this website
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 26, 2009

This school is not a good school academically. I dont think the teachers care enough. The people in this school that care the most are the deans Mr Latham, Mr Johnson and Ms Caldwell. They also lack extracurricular activities. And they are very unorganized.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 19, 2009

This the worst School to send your child.Take my advice I am a senior at this school and it has really gone downhill.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 9, 2008

im a freshman in science skills center high school. my personal opinion is that if you know your a good student, you can try your best to make the school your in better. overall i think science skills is just low in resources and government funding. it's really not that dreadful. november 9, 2008
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 19, 2008

i am in science skills as a sophomore... i love the school... its a good school
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 1, 2008

I'm entering my 10th grade year at science skills center, its not the worse school ever but its not the best it can do better because its adding in more activities and getting new students. So there's hope yet.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 8, 2008

I too am an alumni of science skills. I believe the curriculum and ambiance of the school was structured in a way so that education would be primary to all other things. Haven't checked on it as of late but it is was a terrific school at the time I was there. Although I was runner up for class clown of the classs of 2003, the school had some of its most memorable moments. I would recommend this school to any child who wants to further their learning process and maybe in the next few years, we alumni can get together and develop some programs that will bridge the gap between the current student and alumni.


Posted February 18, 2008

I am a present freshman in this school, and i must say this school is like a home to me. The teachers treat you like family, and even though they go a lil over board with the homework assignments, they really care about you and your future. Also if your child wants to be a doctor or nurse, enter you child in the gateway program, its a great program to be in, and the trips are awesome!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 14, 2007

I am a graduate of Science Skills Center High School 2003. I must disagree with the previous from a fellow alumni. I found my High School do be a very rewarding and exciting place to attend. Of course I to was in the Dance program I was apart of the Dance Company. Even though somedays in Skills as we call it are a little rough overall we all grow as kids into adulthood at this school. I definitely recommend the dance program mainlt because I love my Mama Dye-Asante. She taught alot about my technique and being apart of the dance company and being able to participate in things like Dance Africa with Baba Chuck Davis and meeting so many different wonderful people was a very uplifting experience for me. Now this isn't the only reason to attend this school it is also very structured to gear teens into the future.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 23, 2007

This is a very great school. It may have some difficulties but it is great. I would suggest that your child goes into the dance program. Ms.Dye is a teacher who is very dedicated and she is actually one of the very few that actually cares. I should know, she help led my daughter Tanae to a victory in a world wide championship. Basically what im trying to say is that I would recommend this school to all new commers. May you be as lucky as my daughter was.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2007

I don't think the school has enough extrcurricular activities for the students which means they have to be looking at other agencies for after school activities; Also the school is very poor in returning phone calls or even answering the main phone number, You're constantly getting disconnected or when a live person does pick up the phone, they transfer you to someone who is not at their desk and then when you leave a voice msg, gues what? NO one returns the call!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2006

Hi, I'm a graduate of June 2006. I must say that this is a fairly poor school. If you want to see your children succeed do not send them here. There are a few teachers that actually care, including Ms. Dye, who is in control of the dance Department. Many of the good teachers have left to teach at better schools. If your child must come here, try to get him/her involved in the dance department. It's more organized then the school itself. It will definitely expand your child's horizon and keep them out of trouble. Trust me on that! - K. Wallace
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 7, 2006

The structured Extraccurricular activities were the only upside to going to Science Skills High. The teachers were always willing to help but the enviroment didn't allow for a lot of learning. THe Schoool is nowhere as structured as the Dance class or the track team. The principals have no control over the Super-seniors. Who usually disrupt the learning process for younger students .
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 15, 2006

this school is a very unorganized and hectic school.their gym is also an auditorium!very little parents are involved. but the teachers are great and commited.one guidanceis very lazy and uncooperative.wouldnt recommend this school.
—Submitted by a student


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About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Algebra II/Trigonometry

The state average for Algebra II/Trigonometry was 66% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
16%

2011

 
 
33%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
24%

2011

 
 
32%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 72% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
82%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

202 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
78%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

8 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

137 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
40%
Global History and Geography

The state average for Global History and Geography was 71% in 2013.

255 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
69%
Integrated Algebra

The state average for Integrated Algebra was 73% in 2013.

223 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
66%
Italian

The state average for Italian was 98% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Living Environment

The state average for Living Environment was 77% in 2013.

188 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
90%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

89 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
82%
U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 80% in 2013.

145 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
81%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, Earth science and physics. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

Algebra II/Trigonometry

All Students49%
Female44%
Male54%
African American45%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population50%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant49%

Chemistry

All Students25%
Female20%
Male31%
African American24%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged25%
Not economically disadvantaged23%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant25%

Earth Science

All Students41%
Female36%
Male47%
African American43%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic20%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged29%
Students with disabilities30%
General population42%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English43%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant41%

English

All Students69%
Female73%
Male67%
African American69%
Asian/Pacific Islander75%
Hispanic77%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilities47%
General population72%
English language learners74%
Proficient in English69%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant69%

Geometry

All Students58%
Female57%
Male60%
African American57%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities62%
General population58%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English59%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant58%

Global History and Geography

All Students54%
Female54%
Male54%
African American54%
Asian/Pacific Islander68%
Hispanic48%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities36%
General population57%
English language learners55%
Proficient in English54%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant54%

Integrated Algebra

All Students71%
Female71%
Male70%
African American76%
Asian/Pacific Islander80%
Hispanic48%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities43%
General population75%
English language learners72%
Proficient in English70%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant71%

Living Environment

All Students68%
Female69%
Male68%
African American71%
Asian/Pacific Islander60%
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities56%
General population71%
English language learners50%
Proficient in English70%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant68%

Physics

All Students62%
Femalen/a
Male67%
African American50%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population62%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English62%
Not migrant62%

U.S. History and Government

All Students62%
Female66%
Male60%
African American66%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilities72%
General population62%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English64%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant62%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, Earth science and physics. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

In 2009-2010, this school was given a grade of "A" for the high school level.

About the tests


Progress Report Grades measure the school's contribution to student learning in three areas: School Environment, Student Performance and Student Progress. Schools can receive additional credit for achieving exemplary performance progress among high-needs students. Progress Report Grades range from A to F.

Source: New York City Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 2 76% 19%
Hispanic 1 12% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 8% 9%
White 1 2% 48%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 1% 1%
Two or more races 2 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 27%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 166%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 0%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 47%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 3%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
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The information captured by the survey is designed to support a dialogue among all members of the school community about how to make the school a better place to learn. An overall category score is calculated for each respondent group (parents, teachers, or students) by averaging the scores of the questions within that survey category.

Category scores for each of the respondent groups are then combined to form overall category scores. Alongside the results for each school are the aggregated results across all NYC public schools, which are provided as a basis for comparisons.

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This school
6.2
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.5
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
4.7
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
6.5
 

City average

 
8.0
 
Clear, useful communication about educational goalsWhat's this?

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This school
6.6
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
6.2
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
6.0
 

City average

 
7.8
 
Strong parent, teacher and student engagementWhat's this?

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This school
6.2
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.3
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
4.7
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
6.4
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

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This school
6.9
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.3
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
6.3
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.2
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents9620%
Students39578%
Teachers3081%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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School basics

School start time
  • 8:05 am
School end time
  • 3:20 pm
School Leader's name
  • MS. DAHLIA MCGREGOR

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
  • STEM
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Engineering
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Busses - B103, B25, B26, B38, B41, B52, B54, B57, B61, B62, B65, B67, B69. Subways - 2, 3, 4, 5 to Court St - Borough Hall; B, Q to DeKalb Av; A, C to High St; R to Jay St-MetroTech; F to York St
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Cross country
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Cross country
  • Track

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
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