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High School for Environmental Studies

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 1384 students

 

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted September 13, 2004

It is a lie about the whole class size situation due to the fact that there are about 30 students in each classs (except for Special Education). You should change this information because it is completely incorrect. Instead of selling lies, tell the truth about all the budget cuts and all the programs that had to be canceled in the school due to this problem. Tell the truth.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 23, 2004

My son is a junior at this 'great' school! And his grades reflect this, the teachers are truely dedicated. Security is 100% and thank God a Public High School with no metal detectors. Wonderful administration who has the leadership of Ms. Matthews as principal. My son is happy here and so am I. Will consider this school for my next child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2004

I'm a senior at the H.S for Environmental Studies. I really like going to this school it's a safe environment very diverse and the teachers are great, very dedicated to their work. I think it's a great school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 26, 2003

I'm a student at High School for Environmental Studies. I'm going into my senior year. I found this school to be an good environment even though there have been to many kids in the school cause our school is small.I had a lot of teachers who have been great and are enthused to teach and who really care about their students. The principal is trying to keep our good reputation even though some the rules that were installed for a time period were kinda stupid. But over all I enjoyed my stay. And I must say we do segregate ourselves (example preps stay with preps. punks stay with punks, etc.) a bit but not as much as other schools do. We have lots of diversity and its great.


Posted August 19, 2003

I graduated recently from H.S.E.S., this is one of the best schools in the city and its public too. theres a wide variety of students and the teachers are great, the atmosphere is very academic and friendly. I bet you that you wont find another school like this one in the city. graduating senior of 2003 - J. R.
—Submitted by a former student


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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.

207 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
69%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

172 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
83%
Earth Science

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

181 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
66%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

338 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
84%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

25 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

192 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
81%
Global History and Geography

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

398 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
70%
Integrated Algebra

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

338 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
69%
Italian

The state average for Italian was 98% in 2011.

22 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
Living Environment

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

304 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
85%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
74%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

126 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
95%
U.S. History and Government

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

366 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
87%
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 Students38%
Female37%
Male39%
African American24%
Asian/Pacific Islander68%
Hispanic29%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White37%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged34%
Students with disabilities33%
General population39%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant38%

Chemistry

All Students71%
Female73%
Male70%
African American63%
Asian/Pacific Islander77%
Hispanic68%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population72%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English72%
Non-migrant71%

Earth Science

All Students43%
Female38%
Male47%
African American44%
Asian/Pacific Islander62%
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White30%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilities26%
General population47%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English47%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant43%

English

All Students73%
Female81%
Male64%
African American65%
Asian/Pacific Islander85%
Hispanic66%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities36%
General population81%
English language learners29%
Proficient in English78%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant73%

Geometry

All Students86%
Female87%
Male85%
African American78%
Asian/Pacific Islander88%
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities80%
General population85%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant86%

Global History and Geography

All Students68%
Female67%
Male69%
African American66%
Asian/Pacific Islander87%
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities35%
General population74%
English language learners33%
Proficient in English72%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant68%

Integrated Algebra

All Students62%
Female63%
Male61%
African American59%
Asian/Pacific Islander98%
Hispanic57%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilities32%
General population72%
English language learners21%
Proficient in English70%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant62%

Living Environment

All Students70%
Female68%
Male71%
African American70%
Asian/Pacific Islander89%
Hispanic66%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities38%
General population76%
English language learners34%
Proficient in English76%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant70%

Physics

All Students50%
Female42%
Male57%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander68%
Hispanic37%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English50%
Non-migrant50%

U.S. History and Government

All Students81%
Female85%
Male77%
African American73%
Asian/Pacific Islander97%
Hispanic74%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities51%
General population86%
English language learners37%
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant81%
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 "B" 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
Hispanic 2 57% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 17% 9%
Black 2 15% 19%
White 2 11% 48%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Two or more races 1 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 28%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 268%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 17%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 36%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 1%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

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Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Italian
  • 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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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
7.6
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
7.3
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

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

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This school
7.7
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
7.3
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

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

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This school
7.5
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.5
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
7.0
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

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

Parents

This school

 
7.8
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents13110%
Students95474%
Teachers7099%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
School Leader's name
  • MS. SHIRLEY H. MATTHEWS

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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

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  • Environmental
  • Humanities
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Italian
  • 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 - M10, M104, M11, M20, M31, M5, M50, M57, M66, M7. Subways - E to 50th St; N, Q, R to 57th St - 7 Av; 1, A, B, C, D to 59th St-Columbus Circle
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Sofbtall
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
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448 W 56th St
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