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High School for Law & Public Service

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Posted October 28, 2009

Thr teachers are great.they love what they are teaching, and have a strong circulium. Teachers cudle us and know all of us, they offer tutoring without pay and always encourage us. Is a warm learning enviorment.the principal was smart in not letting anyone go because if buget cuts.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 23, 2006

I believe that this school has improved over the years and there are many activities to keep the kids involved, there are also after school programs that help with different school subjects. There are also many teachers who care about the students and their work.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 19, 2003

I believe that the school is good especially for minority students because they seem to fit in perfectly. There is diversity in the school but there are more Hispanics and African Americans. The schools clubs are also great and the teachers do care about every 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.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
11%

2012

 
 
11%

2011

 
 
12%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
76%
Earth Science

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

141 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
54%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

303 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
60%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

139 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
23%

2011

 
 
21%
Global History and Geography

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

254 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
52%
Integrated Algebra

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

336 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
38%
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.

233 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
68%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

13 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
0%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
30%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

146 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
94%
U.S. History and Government

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

170 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
69%
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 Students11%
Female16%
Male8%
African American7%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic15%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged9%
Not economically disadvantaged18%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant11%

Chemistry

All Students38%
Female33%
Male41%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic41%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English42%
Non-migrant38%

Earth Science

All Students35%
Female36%
Male34%
African American55%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic31%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged34%
Not economically disadvantaged38%
Students with disabilities4%
General population40%
English language learners11%
Proficient in English43%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant35%

English

All Students51%
Female52%
Male50%
African American65%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic49%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilities30%
General population55%
English language learners29%
Proficient in English59%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant51%

Geometry

All Students20%
Female22%
Male19%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic20%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged22%
Not economically disadvantaged13%
Students with disabilities6%
General population22%
English language learners12%
Proficient in English24%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant20%

Global History and Geography

All Students51%
Female56%
Male46%
African American59%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic49%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilities24%
General population57%
English language learners53%
Proficient in English49%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant51%

Integrated Algebra

All Students44%
Female42%
Male46%
African American60%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilities14%
General population50%
English language learners30%
Proficient in English52%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant44%

Living Environment

All Students45%
Female41%
Male47%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic44%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilities17%
General population50%
English language learners32%
Proficient in English50%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant45%

Physics

All Students0%
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-migrant0%

U.S. History and Government

All Students78%
Female83%
Male74%
African American75%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic78%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities42%
General population84%
English language learners78%
Proficient in English78%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant78%
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
Hispanic 1 84% 23%
Black 1 13% 19%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 1% 9%
White 1 1% 48%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 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 132%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 292%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 5%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 57%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 2%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

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Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population

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 745 responses

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
7.7
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
6.7
 

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
8.2
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.8
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
7.2
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.5
 

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
7.8
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
6.9
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.1
 

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
8.2
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents25441%
Students45472%
Teachers3786%

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
  • MR. NICHOLAS POLITIS

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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  • Service learning
  • Social justice
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population

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
  • Football
  • Swimming
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Sofbtall
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball
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549 Audubon Ave
New York, NY 10040
Phone: (212) 927-2380

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