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New Heights Academy Charter School

Charter | 5-12 | 771 students

 

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Posted May 24, 2013

This School isn't a horrible school, however it needs a lot of work! The school is trying its best to control and teach students manner and respect however the students are uncontrollable. This happens because the school doesn't enforce their policy equally. The school is attacking the teachers when truly it should be attacking the parents to teach their son and daughter how to behave in class. THE TEACHERS ARE AWSOME! They really want to help the students and the school really only hires the best teachers. I would give this school 4 stars if they learn to discipline their students. Also the food sucks, and i was bullyed in this school and the teachers knew and acted like nothing happend.


Posted April 30, 2013

The kids in these school are very DISRESPECTFUL and have no manners which make it difficult to teach. The discipline officers are also inconsistent with their policies in regards to consequences and are not FIRM & TOUGH enough to handle students that always exhibit inappropriate behavior and always cause disruption in the classroom. I also did not receive the much needed support and the instructional leaders are just good at criticizing at where teachers go wrong in their instructions, only look at the negatives but do not push and encourage teachers by at least highlighting positives to keep them going. Worst part is they do not demonstrate by example. The teachers at New Heights are talented, intelligent and very competent. I just think the students should feel lucky to have them as their teachers and pay them RESPECT that they deserve.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 8, 2011

Although this school has an extended day and claims to have all the resources and materials to help students learn that is unfortunately not the case. I urge parents to steer clear of this school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 29, 2011

This school needs to improve, especially in the area of staff development and training. It is very clear that the teachers are very weak and this has a significant effect on instruction for all students. The disciplinary procedures need to be investigated in order to help the students manage their behaviors and develop some self control. I have found that many students who are accepted here have no social skills and this also makes it a difficult place to work and teach. Parent training is also needed!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 17, 2011

I am a parent of 2 in this school these teachers have there favorites & its sad because everyone is there to get taught. My middle schooler has an IEP in which the teachers are getting paid to help her with her disability and I havent seen no improvement. They want the kids to climb the ladder but the kids arent getting all the help they need. Im personally goin thru it because my daughter wonders why do her teacher hate her so bad, so on a daily basis im pushing her to go to school. I am looking into taking her out of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2011

This school needs improvement, especially in the area of disciplinary procedures. The students are permitted to do whatever they want and there are no consequences for their negative behaviors. It is very clear that there is a complete breakdown in communication between teachers and administrators which does not help the school culture or climate. Since this school accepts many students from culturally diverse backgrounds, they are weak in basic skills and have a difficult time with content-area subjects. The students have no manners and do not respect authority.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 18, 2010

I am a mother of a student attending NHACS, he is in 11th grade. When he entered the school he was below average and his grades were not as good,but with the help of the all his teachers he has progressed a lot. The teachers are really helpful and they encourage the kids to reach their potential. I am really satisfied with the quality of the school and that's why I've decided to transfer my 10 year old son. I would really like to thank the teachers and faculty for doing such a good job.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2008

As a mother of two students that attend NHACS, one in 9th and the other in the 5th grade. I want everyone to know that I truely am blessed that I have found this school. I love the quality of education that the students are getting. I also like the no nonsense policy. The principal is tought but fair. The teachers and the rest of the staff are always available and very helpful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2008

Test scores at New Heights Academy Charter School (NHACS). The test scores are low for the incoming students for a reason. Incoming students (5th and 9th) will probably always have low scores because NHACS doesn t spend all year focusing on taking the state test like most Public Schools (P.S.) do. NHACS actually teaches children throughout the year to be well rounded and educated thinkers. NHACS doesn t just focus on prepping students to past a state exam. Most P.S. spend the school day prepping students to past the state exam. After it is over they then focus on the curriculum. That is why incoming students score low when they first come to NHACS. Had they been educated throughout the year on the curriculum they may have past. In closing any child can past a test if they prepare all year just to it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2007

I love this school because I learned a lot of new things like manners,respect etc.
—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.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 30% in 2014.

98 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
10%

2013

 
 
12%

2012

 
 
24%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

98 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
21%

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
46%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 29% in 2014.

99 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
16%

2013

 
 
6%

2012

 
 
32%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

99 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
27%

2013

 
 
8%

2012

 
 
57%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 29% in 2014.

97 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
12%

2013

 
 
12%

2012

 
 
29%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

97 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
13%

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
75%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 36% in 2014.

99 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
17%

2013

 
 
11%

2012

 
 
16%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

99 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
10%

2013

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

Algebra II/Trigonometry

The state average for Algebra II/Trigonometry was 66% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
6%

2011

 
 
n/a
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
n/a
Earth Science

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

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
8%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
63%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
0%
Global History and Geography

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

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
46%
Integrated Algebra

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

168 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
72%
Living Environment

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

163 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
51%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
U.S. History and Government

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

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
61%
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 Students42%
Female35%
Male48%
African American33%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities30%
General population42%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant42%

Chemistry

All Students65%
Female68%
Male61%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant65%

Earth Science

All Students64%
Female60%
Male67%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic66%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities40%
General population66%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English68%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant64%

English

All Students51%
Female51%
Male51%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic51%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities24%
General population59%
English language learners21%
Proficient in English57%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant51%

Geometry

All Students81%
Female80%
Male80%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic81%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities31%
General population92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant81%

Global History and Geography

All Students65%
Female56%
Male74%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities55%
General population68%
English language learners42%
Proficient in English70%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant65%

Integrated Algebra

All Students91%
Female90%
Male91%
African American94%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic91%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities76%
General population93%
English language learners83%
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant91%

Living Environment

All Students76%
Female69%
Male81%
African American70%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic76%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities63%
General population78%
English language learners39%
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant76%

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
Not migrantn/a

U.S. History and Government

All Students89%
Female83%
Male96%
African American82%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic90%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities74%
General population92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant89%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 1 91% 23%
Black 1 8% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 0% 9%
Two or more races 2 0% 1%
White 2 0% 48%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Female 152%N/A49%
Male 148%N/A51%
Limited English proficient 120%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 295%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 34%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 12%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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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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7.8
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Parents

This school

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
7.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.9
 
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7.6
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.6
 

Students

This school

 
7.6
 

Teachers

This school

 
6.5
 
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This school
6.9
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Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

Students

This school

 
6.7
 

Teachers

This school

 
5.7
 
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This school
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.7
 

Students

This school

 
8.0
 

Teachers

This school

 
6.7
 

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Parents28448%
Students57189%
Teachers4769%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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  • MS. CHRISTINA BROWN
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