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Beacon High School

Public | 9-12 | 1162 students

 

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2011:
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Posted November 6, 2009

My daughter loves going to school and is getting a fantastic education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2009

Beacon is great! the teachers are enthusiastic and well-prepared; students feel supported and excited about learning, they are respected.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2009

Beacon teachers open doors and present their students with a world of ways to think and explore.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2009

Beacon is run like a private school. They have a challenging curriculum which is taught by a bright, young, innovative and demanding faculty. Truly inspiring to the students who go there. I am so grateful that our daughter has the priviledge of attending this excellent school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2009

Beacon is great for a lot of reasons. A couple of my favorites: it teaches our kids HOW to think, not WHAT to think; and it values creativity and concern for the world we live in.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2009

The devoted and committed teachers make this school the place that it is for learning and growing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2009

my son is a senior and i feel that the education and social experiences he has had there will last a lifetime!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2009

Outstanding school that through challenging assignments creates an environment to encourage students to think for themselves. Succeeding while at Beacon gives the students a great advantage for the next stage of their education. Diversity, terrific faculty, creativity, and level of excellence = Beacon!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2009

It is strong academically while maintaining a warm environment. The teachers are wonderfully and it attracts kids who are really nice people.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2009

I am a freshman at beacon and I love it so much! the classes are so interesting and the teachers are great!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 6, 2009

Beacon is the proof that you can get oustanding teaching coupled with a very relaxed environment who really treat young people like intelligent people and not like kids. It's the Beacon Way, no surprise it's the most sought after school in New York city. Fantastic experience for my boy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2009

My daughter loves the school. It is challenging, but she is enjoying the work. She was accepted to other area schools, but Beacon had her heart. She loves it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2009

My daughter is a sophomore at Beacon. She is learning lessons which will be invaluable throughout life; How to manage time, strive to do her best, presentation skills, community service. In addition, the academics are challenging. She will be well-prepared for college and is becoming very well-rounded and confident in her abilities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2009

There is not a bad teacher in the bunch -- they are all inspiring. My son has absolutely thrived in the loving, caring environment
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2009

The teachers are engaging and committed, the courses offered are stimulating and the students are held to standard where they are expected to deliver high quality work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2009

The work is challenging and interesting. This is my daughter's first year of high school and she is very happy. Socially and academically she stays engaged and motivated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2009

Teachers who love teaching
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Posted November 6, 2009

Beacon is affords students diverse areas of interests and is more like a high quality liberal arts college while it really prepares students to think creatively and deeply due to the strong belief in discussion or seminar style learning and teachers approach their material with extreme passion and instill deep understanding of content.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 6, 2009

Great education and safe environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2009

The teachers at Beacon have such dedication for their students and a great love to teach to bring out the best in each child. My child has been so happy going to this school. Everyone at Beacon is just like one big family.
—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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The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

304 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

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The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

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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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 52% 48%
Hispanic 23% 23%
Black 15% 19%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 10%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 223%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 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?

This score measures whether parents, students and teachers feel that the school creates a physically and emotionally secure environment in which everyone can focus on student learning.

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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
 

Based on surveys from:

 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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