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Stuyvesant High School

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Posted April 2, 2014

My school MCJHS is the best school. It is very small but but staffs are very dedicated. Most teachers are very much involved in state test preparation. Some of the teachers are extremely good, they encourage student to do excellent in their study.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2013

Stuy has many brilliant brilliant kids. It is not competitive because the kids are mean - they aren't. It is competitive because the top colleges will only make a few offers and so everyone works hard to get to the top. This has led to a wide-spread culture of cheating. Also, it is too bad that many of the teachers aren't as smart as the kids. Some are great, but many are terrible teachers. The admin knows but can't get rid of them. My son had some horrible teachers for important science courses. Also, the school is so large, it is very hard to get issues addressed by the admin. If your kid never needs extra help, then it is all good. But if you need to work with the admin on anything - forget about it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2013

quite excellent!... since 1904... pls see www.ourstrongband.org. Neal H. Hurwitz, Executive Director. Publishers of The Centennial Book: Stuyvesant High School: The Fiorst 100 Years, 1904-2004. ILM of Frank McCourt, Sterling Jensen, Murl Thrush, James Cagney, et al. Thank you!!!


Posted July 22, 2013

What I think others should know: There is a reason for this prestige. Kids aren't necessarily "geniuses" but they are hardworking. There's around 1 or 2 hours of homework everyday, but with computer science, it's more (coding takes time). On top of that is studying. What do I like: You can learn anything here. Everything is offered. Everyone in Stuy is really nice and has good morals. You learn what hard work is and determination is. It pushes you to your ultimate self. Improvement: Some downsides are that to achieve a 90 at Stuy requires you to study until 12am (for the most part). It's not an easy school. Everyone remains depressed and sleep deprived due to pressure to study. Some homeworks do not help since only tests are counted towards your grades. It would make you feel stressed out, 85% of the time. AP's aren't weighted either. Overall: Stuy has changed me as a person. Even if it doesn't get you into Harvard (due to low grades administered), it gives you knowledge and ability to carry on through hardship. It's 4 years of pain, dull mental and physical soreness. But it's a pain that also can leave a beautiful scar.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 15, 2013

This is a wonderful school, my daughter really liked it, I went to the schools many times, the president was very nice to meet the parent if he is not busy, lots of out of school activities from all areas. it is hard to get in, lots of kids travel from different zones.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2013

Stuyvesant has been one of the best high schools in the country for many decades. More Nobel Prize winners have graduated from here than from all but a few colleges. After graduating I went to Cornell and Columbia; Stuyvesant was more intellectually challenging than either university. Every student here would likely have been at or near the top of the class at their local high school; here most will be average or below. If you view these facts as an opportunity to grow with the best and test your tue limits, welcome. If this doesn't appeal to you, that's fine; you may also reach your potential elsewhere. You just may have to do it more on your own, with less support from your school community.


Posted November 6, 2012

When I was in 8th grade last year, my heart was completely set on Stuy, and my mother told me, if you're not willing to do well in school, there's no point. And there really isn't: this school is meant only for people who have the proper work ethic and are actually willing to put their heart and soul into their work. But I guess that's a good thing, because then you're surrounded by all these people who are so hard working and they've got their mind set on such a fixed goal, you've gotta admire their determination. That kind of perseverance is so amazing and at Stuy, even if you don't want to, you're forced to try your best. This school is simply amazing!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 29, 2012

As a parent of a Senior student, I find the lack of commitment from the teachers at Stuy extremely disappointing. The teachers had the audacity to deny a student a teachers recommendation. I am hoping and praying my child gets into a college of her choice ,as she was already denied the ED opportunity, thanks to the inability to get a 2 nd teachers rec.And to make matters worse, when I reached out to the parent teacher coordinator for help, it made matters even worse.Now my child is upset that I reached out to her school for help and fears retaliation.A word of advice to other HS Students parents- Do your own preparation to get your child into college. Don't expect a miracle from the staff and or Administration.They have 3 guidance counselors for 843 students. What can you expect from these so called guidance counselors when they are themselves sinking?I so want this school year to be over and see my child back to the land of norm and decency and courtesy, back to being a regular teenager, not looking like the world is weighing her down.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2012

Stuyvesnt High School is a well-rounded and competitive public school that prepares students for their next journey to higher education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2012

What I've learned from my experience is that Stuyvesant isn't for everyone. On paper, it sounds amazing, but the experience can really make or break you. Some kids are tough, are great at studying until 4:00am every day. For some, it's a great school. It's got a lot to offer and and is amazing academically. I feel that students don't get to have a good high school experience going here. If cramming is your thing, than Stuy is the place for you, it will not let you rest or get a minute of free time. You'll get into a great college and learn tons. Personally, I think that Bronx High School of Science is a better all around option, astounding academics, sports, opportunities, community and will lead to a better high school experience. Stuyvesant is a great, great high school, but if you don't know what to expect, you'll be surprised.


Posted February 13, 2012

We heard warnings from other parents whose kids had terrible experiences at Stuy, but we didn't listen and thought our son would do just fine. Sadly, he had a terrible four years and I wish we'd listened more carefully to what those other parents told us. Stuy is a brutal factory school. If your child is a superstar with a thick skin and tons of self-confidence, she'll probably be fine and go to Harvard. If your child has moments of insecurity or is not prepared to study 12 hours per day, you may well have problems coming your way. And don't expect the administration to listen when you wonder why your child is extremely stressed and depressed. They think that's normal for teenagers because that's how the majority of their students are. I know I sound bitter, but you can't truly believe it until it happens to you. No wonder stress and depression are constant topics for the PTA. If you have the opportunity, make another choice. Your child will thank you
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2012

Excellent school. The Principal, the parent coordinator, the Assistant Principals and teachers are the best in the city and thus in the country and furthermore in the world. I am so happy that my daughter has achieved to be there and further achieved to be at the top 2-3% of her class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2011

Stuyvesant High School is one example that provides superior education. The benefit of having a magnet school in a school district enriches communities. I firmly believe that Stuyvesant High School has given intellectually gifted children the opportunity to succeed and thrive in this competitive environment.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 31, 2011

Stuyvesant was easily the best thing that ever happened to me. I cannot thank my parents enough for the opportunity, since I got to meet such a diverse set of people- that doesn't ring true on the surface given the demographic breakdown- but hopefully we're interacting with different groups of people and being exposed to different mindsets, backgrounds, and lifestyles- the true kernel of diversity. Definitely try to go here- I met some very passionate, well-read teachers here who inspired me when they found a strength, and helped me with my weaknesses. And for the size of the student body, I found a surprising deal of close-knit camaraderie. Fantastic. And now in college, which is completely different, I'm happy I chose a public magnet in the city as opposed to a private school which also provides great education but nurtures the kind of environment I'm enjoying in college now regardless. It's definitely distinctive- don't miss out. - alumnus


Posted June 30, 2011

This is the best public school in New York City. However, the lack of diversity calls to question whether social interaction among people wit different backgrounds is critical to education.


Posted June 23, 2011

One of my children graduated from Stuyvesant High School, another one is in his freshmen year now. Stuyvesant High School is simply the best public school in the city for those who are foremost interested in great education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2011

DO NOT I repeat DO NOT go here or send your kids here unless they are legitimately smart. They are just going to get lost in a sea of above average kids. A few exceptional students will shine and move on the Ivy League schools but you are screwing yourself socially by going here. Your teenage years are very important and there are other schools where you will have room to develop socially in a normal manner while also challenging yourself educationally. Every good school has some great teachers, half of Stuy's teachers are regular teachers, nothing really special. Save yourself the long commute and stress...unless a "prestigious" name on your diploma is the meaning you look for in life
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 9, 2010

The school has the most-talented students


Posted November 8, 2010

Teachers and students are great. It's a school for people who loves to learn and be challenged.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2010

Stuyvesant has a great faculty well-balanced between the liberal arts and the sciences and very skilled at evoking constant student participation in discussion of studied topics.
—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.

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.

816 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

797 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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.

883 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

34 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

815 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Global History and Geography

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

792 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Integrated Algebra

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

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Italian

The state average for Italian was 98% in 2011.

35 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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Living Environment

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

797 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

788 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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98%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

452 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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100%
U.S. History and Government

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

876 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
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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.

Source: New York State Education Department

Algebra II/Trigonometry

All Students99%
Female99%
Male98%
African American100%
Asian/Pacific Islander99%
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged98%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English99%
Not migrant99%

Chemistry

All Students100%
Female100%
Male99%
African American100%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Not migrant100%

Earth Science

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Proficient in Englishn/a
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English

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
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White99%
Economically disadvantaged99%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant100%

Geometry

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracial100%
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant100%

Global History and Geography

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
African American100%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant100%

Integrated Algebra

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
African Americann/a
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Hispanicn/a
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White100%
Economically disadvantaged101%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
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English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant100%

Living Environment

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracial100%
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
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English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant100%

Physics

All Students99%
Female99%
Male99%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander99%
Hispanic93%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged99%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English99%
Not migrant99%

U.S. History and Government

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
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General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant100%
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
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 72% 9%
White 24% 48%
Hispanic 2% 23%
Black 1% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
Two or more races 2 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 0%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 244%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 2%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 74%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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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • 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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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
8.1
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.8
 

City average

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

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This school
7.3
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
7.0
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
6.7
 

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

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
7.4
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.0
 

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

 
8.7
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.5
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents156749%
Students315496%
Teachers15894%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MS. JIE ZHANG

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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  • Mathematics
  • Science
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • 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 - M20, M22, M5. Subways - 1, 2, 3, A, C to Chambers St; R to City Hall; E to World Trade Center
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Sofbtall
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
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345 Chambers St
New York, NY 10282
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