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Beacon High School

Public | 9-12 | 1162 students

 

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted November 7, 2009

My son could not be happier and nor could I. He is getting it all, academics, the arts, sports, and supportive teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2009

The teachers are highly qualified.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2009

The teachers are a amazing and fully explicate lessons
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2009

open minded , student centered , research based, fosters independent and critical thinkers and leaders ,performance based assessment is great preparation for college,
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2009

The teachers are amazing and always accessible and the students are all very friendly. It's a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2009

Our son is so happy at Beacon. He loves the teachers, students and all the sports and clubs they have. We are thrilled that he is at Beacon and is so happy there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2009

Excellent academics, a program that stimulates kids to think and question, and not simply to memorize, promotes involvement in their social environment, encourages their creativity...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2009

The teachers are amazing. I learned so much. I feel so much smarter than my friends at college. It really teaches you how to express yourself well and gets people interested in academics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2009

I will never forget my Beacon teachers - they are all kind, challenging, and inspiring. I am now at a very rigorous university and feel over-prepared for the work. Students at Beacon are some of the luckiest in the country.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 7, 2009

Beacon nurtures and celebrates the individual for their unique gifts and personalities. Not just grades, not just sports, but for being kind, and curious, and the kind of person who would walk up to you your first day at school and ask you to sit with his crowd at lunch.


Posted November 7, 2009

I started my counseling career at Beacon and I was in awe every day of the extraordinary collaboration between passionate faculty and eager, open-minded, talented students. It's an extraordinary place to learn!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2009

Stimulating intellectual environment; great students and fantastic hip teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2009

Beacon has enthusiastic, caring teachers who have given my daughter (now a senior) excellent preparation for college
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2009

Because, along with a hip reputation that the kids dig, it delivers intellectual rigor, caring teachers and outstanding extracurricular experiences.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2009

It doesn't pigeonhole kids. They can explore everything through a progressive curriculum. For smart kids who have many interests.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2009

fabulous education, great teachers and diverse student body - great for the arts!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2009

Beacon High School is the only school my son has never complained about going to ... he gets up every day at 6 AM and spends an hour each way on the train to get there and back and after 4 years he still LOVES THE PLACE TO PIECES. Bless Beacon for creating an atmosphere where every teenager can be himself and live up to his potential and fit in, regardless of whether he is a nerd, a jock, an artist, a kid with big dreams or just a kid who wants friends and meaningful classes in a caring environment!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2009

Because it offers a realistic challenge to each student, according to their talents and abilities, and backs it up with powerful teaching.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2009

The teachers are remarkable: they engage the kids, teach them in the context of the real world, and have very high standards. My 11th Grade son loves it, and so do I.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2009

Beacon is small and nurturing yet has all the offerings of a large school. The teachers are full of contagious passion.
—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.
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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

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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
White 1 52% 48%
Hispanic 2 23% 23%
Black 2 15% 19%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 9% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 1% 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 20%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 123%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 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 55%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 0%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Music
  • Orchestra

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • 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
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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 1501 responses

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
8.3
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.7
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

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

This score measures whether parents, students and teachers feel that the school provides information about the school's educational goals and offers appropriate feedback on each student's learning outcome.

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This school
7.8
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

 
7.4
 

City average

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

This score measures how engaged parents, students and teachers feel they are in an active and vibrant partnership to promote student learning.

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This school
8.0
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.6
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

This score measures how well parents, students and teachers feel that the school develops rigorous and meaningful academic goals that encourage students to do their best.

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This school
8.4
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents41534%
Students103883%
Teachers4884%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MS. RUTH LACEY

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Humanities
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • 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, M11, M20, M31, M5, M57, M66, M7, M72
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Soccer
  • Sofbtall
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee

Arts & music

Music
  • Orchestra
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School leaders, update and verify information here.

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227-243 W 61st St
New York, NY 10022
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Phone: (212) 245-2807

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