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Beacon High School

Public | 9-12 | 1162 students

 

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Posted November 6, 2009

Great education that brings out the best in every student. The teachers are always there for the students when they need extra help or participating at after school activities.d


Posted November 4, 2009

I love that Beacon taught me to think a lot further than I ever expected to be taught in high school. Beacon also has great opportunities in art, including photography and music.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 4, 2009

For its encouragemnt of independent thinking and the variaty of programs from Music to photo to soccer with no field or gym
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2009

Everything you want an urban high school to be. Demanding but supportive staff, smart, interesting, kids who are not grinds; and an administration that supports them both, while keeping parents in the loop. Awesome extracurricular activities to boot.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2009

The beacon school is a great school. The beacon school is like one big family. We all look out for one another. We learn how to write proper essays and build our vocabulary to a whole new level.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 31, 2009

Beacon is a interesting high school where the faculty and students are caring and nice.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 26, 2009

I love the Beacon School because it teaches you to learn in a way that other schools don't; the teachers care about you; Mr. Streep is the Vice Principle and he's awesome; Mr. Miller is there and he's awesome; it teaches you how to write a paper overnight that's better than half your college's class that had to work a lot harder on it and we're good at sports. Beat that.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 22, 2009

I love the student teacher relationships and how often tutoring is so you never fall behind. I also love how even though we're not an arts school we still have a great art program, so if art is your passion but your worried about the academics not being good enough, this is the school for you. We also have a fantastic sports program and are number one or two in many sports.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2009

Beacon is a great school . This is my daughters first year and so far I am very impressed with the school . There is so much going on ,Clubs , Sports , Community service , My daughter is busy and very , very happy !!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2009

Beacon was the place that proved to me that anything is possible. The kids are talented, the teachers are mad cool. I originally wanted to go to art school, but I went to beacon instead because it sounded like a community I needed to be involved in, to this day, I will never regret my decsion to attend.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 2, 2009

Although there is alot of work, in the end it really helps you. All the teachers and staff are nice. Its a friendly and very supportive communinty. There are awesome clubs and afterschool activites. Beacon is the best, there is no other school like it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2009

Beacon offers almost every advantage a good independent (private) school offers, but does so at no cost to students or parents. My son graduated from Beacon last year and went on to college this year. He (and we) couldn't have been happier with what Beacon gave him.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2009

I loved Beacon. I wouldn't want to go to any other school Not only do you bond with other students, you bond with the teachers as well. They are always there for you, whether you need help with school, or just somebody to talk to. I love Beacon!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 29, 2009

I loved Beacon because all the teachers were incredibly knowledgeable, caring, and passionate about everything they touched. Beacon's philosophy is based on creating incredibly analytical and innovative students. The school sponsors some amazing trips that compliment the learning that goes on in the classroom. Overall, I found my experience at Beacon to be a very special one that would have been unparalleled at any other school. Plus, PBA's over regents any day of the week.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 29, 2009

Beacon has provided an education for my two daughters delivered with passion, and dedication. The school is cultured with an intellectual student body that not only is taught by teachers, but can share their own knowledge with others.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2009

It's an amazing community and everyone gets along so well. The teaching there is unique and inspires you in unconventional yet life changing ways. I would rather be at Beacon than any other high school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 29, 2009

The Beacon School is great. The teacher's really care about the students and by the time you graduate, you will be more than adequately prepared for college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2009

Not only is the environment friendly and safe, the classes are one of a kind, and teach skills necessary for the outside world. Overall, a fun school to be at.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 27, 2009

Beacon proves that one doesn't need to send a child to private school in order to receive a top-knotch education
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2009

The Beacon School has so many different clubs, sports teams, and trips. For example, there were kids who went to India who learned dances and songs that they performed there. There are trips that had gone to Spain and will go to Ireland, Greece, Italy, and Costa Rica (a science trip). The best thing about these trips are that if not everyone can go on the trip for various economic reasons, then nobody goes. There are really great teachers that are there all the time for tutoring or anything that you might need. Also, Beacon really needs the money. All of the budget cuts have limited our school to having certain quotas for printing out paper (used for kids who need to print homework out because they don't have printers and for people who are in art/photography). Many of the great programs will be cut if there is not enough money for the teachers or the supplies...
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

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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.

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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 2 52% 48%
Hispanic 1 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 2 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 10%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

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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

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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

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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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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?

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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?

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This school
8.0
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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
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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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227-243 W 61st St
New York, NY 10022
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