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High School for Media & Communications

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 573 students

 

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Posted January 28, 2009

Its a pretty good school. Have great teachers and security is amazing for being in the community.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 28, 2007

As a former student at george washington hs, I believe it is a great school. The teachers care about the students needs, execelent after school programs to go along with the great programs like karate and swiming team which was just added ths year. Theres no violence, the students feel safe, and as far as grades and regents exam go the grand majority of the students pass. Also the anual graduated student rate is 90-94%
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 4, 2007

The worst school in Manhattan. The teacher do not care about their students. They never contact the parents. The special education is terrible most of the students do not pass any regents. The parents' coordinator do not contact the parents when they have questions. If the student has a problem she doesn't help. Es una escuela super mala.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2007

the school has come a long way from where it was a couple of years ago.I am a student and since I got to the school it has been doing well there have been no problem with violence in the school and students like me feel safe in the school
—Submitted by a 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.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
45%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
6%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
25%
Earth Science

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

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
81%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

146 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
64%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

135 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
30%
Global History and Geography

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

171 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
53%
Integrated Algebra

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

255 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
41%
Italian

The state average for Italian was 98% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Living Environment

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

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
57%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
57%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

142 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
93%
U.S. History and Government

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

147 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
56%
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 Students22%
Female10%
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population22%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant22%

Chemistry

All Students6%
Female10%
Male0%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic8%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learners0%
Proficient in English8%
Non-migrant6%

Earth Science

All Students55%
Female52%
Male58%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population60%
English language learners40%
Proficient in English60%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant55%

English

All Students42%
Female52%
Male36%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic41%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilities19%
General population45%
English language learners19%
Proficient in English56%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant42%

Geometry

All Students15%
Female16%
Male14%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic14%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged16%
Not economically disadvantaged8%
Students with disabilities0%
General population18%
English language learners11%
Proficient in English16%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant15%

Global History and Geography

All Students40%
Female43%
Male38%
African American48%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic37%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities17%
General population47%
English language learners30%
Proficient in English44%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant40%

Integrated Algebra

All Students31%
Female31%
Male32%
African American43%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic30%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged32%
Not economically disadvantaged26%
Students with disabilities8%
General population40%
English language learners22%
Proficient in English37%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant31%

Living Environment

All Students48%
Female49%
Male48%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic45%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilities13%
General population61%
English language learners38%
Proficient in English57%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant48%

Physics

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrantn/a

U.S. History and Government

All Students49%
Female49%
Male49%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities24%
General population53%
English language learners25%
Proficient in English61%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant49%
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 1 87% 23%
Black 2 11% 19%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 1% 9%
White 2 1% 48%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 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 128%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 188%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

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

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 45%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

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • 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
School leaders can update this information here.
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 604 responses

This school provides ... 1

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
7.7
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
7.3
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.4
 

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
7.7
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
7.6
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.1
 

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
7.5
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
7.1
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.1
 

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
7.8
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
7.8
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.3
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents21645%
Students35872%
Teachers3083%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:45 pm
School Leader's name
  • MS. RONNI MICHELEN

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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  • Arts (all)
Foreign languages taught
  • 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 - BX18, BX40, BX7, M101, M3, M4. Subways - A to 190th St; 1 to 191st St
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cycling
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cycling
  • Soccer
  • Sofbtall
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
School leaders can update this information here.

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549 Audubon Ave
New York, NY 10040
Phone: (212) 927-1841

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