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Frank Mccourt High School

Public | 9-10 | 219 students

 

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2014:
Based on 9 ratings
2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted July 15, 2014

MY son was in the first graduating class of FMHS, and 97% of that class is going to college. Many are attending two year schools, a few are heading to top private schools like Penn and Hampshire. Nice thing about this place is that they do screen students. It's not 'open' admission, so they get a really nice bunch of kids who also span a range of academic abilities and ethnic groups. That is very rare in a New York City HS and nice to see. I only see FMHS as getting even better as the years go by. And yes, they do hand out a fair amount of homework. But for the kid who does it and is ambitious about his/her education -- maybe also taking college the classes offered -- it will definitely pay off. I don't think FMHS will stay undiscovered for too much longer. Its too good and too nice a place for that to happen.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2014

Frank Mc Court high school is a specialized writing school that provides the student with the skills needed in order to be able to write in a college level. This school makes sure that the student gets all the credits needed for graduation by sophomore year so that junior and senior year students can join clubs and internships + a more flexible schedule. We have clubs on almost anything and sports are also available. What I like about this school is that we make college visits on the very first year of high school and we start preparing for SATs and do career days to start getting an idea of what we want to do in the future. We get graded on skills and content so not only are we being graded on how well we answer it correctly but how we think critically and how well we use our problem solving methods. This school is not 100% No school is. This school could improve more by offering more science field classes for the students who are interested. It could also be nice if the school could be funded more so we have more materials for class and better tables. everything else is ok
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 7, 2014

My son goes to Frank McCourt. He is part of the first graduating class. The principal has worked hard to make this school a success and most of his teachers have been wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2014

This is a great upcoming High school, in its 4th year . My daughter is in 10 grad, and is doing great academically. The teachers are really enthusiastic, and clearly far from burnt out. They are eager to get back to you, if you have any questions or concerns. It's small and intimate which is what my daughter was looking for. I do wish there were more parental involvement, in terms of supporting the PTA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2014

Frank McCourt is an amazing new school that's graduating its first class this June (2014). It has committed, passionate teachers and a fabulous, integrated curriculum. My daughter loves going to school, has fantastic relationships with her teachers and has found great friends. FMHS is an undiscovered gem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2014

FMHS is a small, academically focused and well-rounded school. It is a new school, where teachers, parents and students work hard to build team-spirit, support and success for all kids. We are so happy there, it's the best school on the UWS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2014

As a parent, 3yrs ago FMHS was not a school I listed on my child's HS application. At that time, I so FMHS as a dangerous school for many reasons. The scanners were distasteul, a failing school still occupying the Brandies bldg and FMHS just being open for 1 year were all things that kept me from listing FMHS. HOWEVER, 3yrs later my child is a VERY HAPPY, MOTIVATED, ENGAGED AND CONFIDENT young lady because of FMHS. Our 3 yrs experience with FMHS has been an AMAZING journey so far. FMHS STAFF AND PTA GROUP are filled with CARING, DEDICTED AND COMMITTED people. The school is not just a bldg filled with children and staff, it is a FAMILY. I can say that once your child passes thru the scanners they are welcomed into classrooms of teachers who embrace them with knowledge not only textbook material but I see how the teachers and children interact about non educational material. THANKS to FMHS for making our first 3 years of HS a memorable journey.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2014

My son's school is a place where learning is embrace in a spirit of cooperation. The students to engage themselves in the learning process with out fear of punishment. A very college like learning style yet very rigorous academics. The students are encourage to think and also to be kind. It is almost unreal that they have been able to have a happy balance of high expectations with out the threat of the ruler.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2014

Great communication between school and parents!! love this school. the PTA is doing a great job
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2013

Frank McCourt High School, located on the 3rd floor of the former Brandeis High School on Manhattan's Upper West side, is entering its 4th year and will soon have its first graduating class. The school offers its students a full range of clubs and other programs including its renowned art program. As a parent of a 10th grader at the school I have found the teachers and the administration to be responsive and helpful. The PTA is entering its 2nd full year of existence and is already providing the support that one would expect an established PTA to provide to the school and its students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2013

This a great new school, the teachers are very interesting in help the students to achieves their goals.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2013

A great school. A nice community of parents and teachers. An interesting and rigorous curriculum. I am so glad my son got into this high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2013

This school is a great community for students because all the staff and students are very welcoming and friendly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2013

FANTASTIC! This school really challenges kids and helps them achieve their goals! I highly recommend it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2013

My son is a senior at Frank McCourt and will be in the first graduating class. Frank McCourt is a small school, which makes it easy to get individualized attention. Ms. Houlihan in the college office has been wonderful at introducing a variety of schools and options, and at helping kids (and pushing them!) to get their applications ready. My son has had a great experience here. I can only imagine that Frank McCourt will get even better every year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2013

My daughter will be in the first graduating class 2014 from Frank McCourt HS, Initially my concerns were there would be alot of confusion and misinformation as we all know happens wih new ventures. A big issue for me was the fact Frank McCourt would be housed with a problematic school that was being and has been phase out and had medal detectors, which was a problem for us. with all the things that has happened in our schools.i now see the detectors as a big plus, safety!! However, im please to say that my experince with Frank McCourt HS has been great., As for the staff and curriculum i can say that i am pleased we choose this school, the hands on appraoch and the high expectations required i know we choose a winner! I see only great things and give Frank McCourt H.S. my highest recommendation!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2013

The school is quite amazing. It prepares us for college and for the amount of work we will receive in college. At times, school works can be difficult but it leads us to be a successful student. This school gave me amazing
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 27, 2013

My daughter is in 11th grade. While admittedly there are some behavior problems at the school, overall is a nice school and because of its size, my daughter has gotten a lot of support and encouragement from most of her teachers. She has blossomed academically.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

As a parent of a freshman student, I have been pleasantly surprised at how well this school communicates with parents regarding everything. I almost feel as if I'm back in school. Messages are returned in a timely manner and all of my inquiries have been sufficiently answered.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

It is a challenging school. I like that way that they push the kids to think outside the box.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
n/a
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
n/a
Earth Science

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

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English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
n/a
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
82%
Global History and Geography

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

133 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
n/a
Integrated Algebra

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

138 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
67%
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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
91%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

11 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
U.S. History and Government

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

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
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 Students45%
Female47%
Male41%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White23%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged38%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant45%

Chemistry

All Students79%
Female79%
Male78%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population79%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant79%

Earth Science

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a

English

All Students94%
Female95%
Male92%
African American81%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic93%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged96%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities80%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%

Geometry

All Students87%
Female94%
Male82%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic89%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant87%

Global History and Geography

All Students82%
Female80%
Male85%
African American76%
Asian/Pacific Islander80%
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities59%
General population87%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant82%

Integrated Algebra

All Students79%
Female80%
Male79%
African American56%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities54%
General population87%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant79%

Living Environment

All Students94%
Female96%
Male89%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic92%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities71%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%

Physics

All Students100%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Non-migrant100%

U.S. History and Government

All Students95%
Female93%
Male97%
African American86%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic95%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged97%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities80%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant95%
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

This school was not given a Progress Report Grade by the NYC Department of Education for the 2009-2010 school year.

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
White 1 38% 48%
Hispanic 2 37% 23%
Black 2 18% 19%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 7% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Two or more races 1 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 21%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 140%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 31%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 31%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 6%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

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Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
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The NYC Department of Education asked parents, teachers and students about their school's learning environment. Results provide insight into school climate, such as whether the school is academically rigorous, safe, communicative and collaborative. Learn more

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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Based on 423 responses

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This school
8.1
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
7.4
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

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

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This school
8.2
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.7
 

City average

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

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This school
7.7
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.8
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
7.0
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

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

Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
7.8
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.7
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents12343%
Students27796%
Teachers2396%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MS. DANIELLE SALZBERG

Programs

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

Resources

Transportation options
  • Busses - M10, M104, M5, M7, M79, M86
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Sofbtall
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
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145 W 84th St
New York, NY 10024
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