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Cascades High School

Public | 9-12 | 230 students

We are a transfer high school with personalized instruction and support.

 
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Posted May 18, 2013

Cascades High School is a transfer school for students 17-21 years of age. It is a wonderful small school setting designed to provide individualized instruction for students who need the extra support and encouragement. The school is based on a core belief that every student deserves the best teacher and learning environment possible. Our administrative team of principal Paul Rotondo and assistant principal Ezequiel Garcia are innovative educators who see themselves as teachers first. Our faculty is committed to providing the best education possible and doing so in a caring and supportive environment. The school uses backward planning to provide classes for students and has designed individual learning plans for everyone. Cascades High School is a model school and I would highly recommend it to any student or parent.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 18, 2013

As principal of this amazing NYC public transfer high school, I am proud to offer a unique approach to education. At Cascades we pride ourselves in going the extra mile to assist students who have not been successful elsewhere. Whether we are helping counsel a student who is a single parent, providing employment experience for another student who is living on their own or just helping a struggling learner who does best when people take the time to focus and explain things, we at Cascades realize that teaching is not a job, it is a calling.
—Submitted by a teacher


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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.

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0%

2011

 
 
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Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% 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.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
74%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
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Global History and Geography

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

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
41%
Integrated Algebra

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

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
66%

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.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
79%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

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Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

5 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
U.S. History and Government

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

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
63%
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

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Femalen/a
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Not economically disadvantagedn/a
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General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrantn/a

Chemistry

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Earth Science

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English

All Students52%
Female53%
Male51%
African American52%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population58%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant52%

Geometry

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English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a

Global History and Geography

All Students44%
Female43%
Male46%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population47%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English47%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant44%

Integrated Algebra

All Students61%
Female55%
Male69%
African American57%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population65%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant61%

Living Environment

All Students58%
Female55%
Male62%
African American54%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English58%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant58%

Physics

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
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Not economically disadvantagedn/a
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English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrantn/a

U.S. History and Government

All Students56%
Female57%
Male54%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population59%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant56%
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

This school was not given a Progress Report Grade by the NYC Department of Education for the 2009-2010 school year.

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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 1 49% 23%
Black 2 46% 19%
White 1 4% 48%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 0% 9%
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 23%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 172%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school High School For Health Professions
George Washington Campus
Charter Schools
Percentage of students going to 2-year college 75% (2013)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 10% (2013)
Percentage of students going to the military 3% (2013)
Percentage of students going to vocational programs 1% (2013)
Percentage of students going directly into the workforce 11% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation John Jay College, CUNY
BMCC, CUNY
Alfred State
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
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 64%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

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Security personnel
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Chinese (Cantonese)
Chinese (Mandarin)
Spanish
Tagalog
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Source: Provided by a school official.

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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • NYC Progress Report Score "A" (2013)
  • NYC Progress Report Score "A" (2012)
  • NYC Progress Report Score "A" (2011)
Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • NYC Mayor's Model Attendance Improvement Program (2013)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Dance club: Hip Hop
  • Step team

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
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
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
Clubs
  • Step team

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • Debate
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:35 am
School end time
  • 2:45 pm
School Leader's name
  • Paul J. Rotondo
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Fax 646 654 1742
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
  • Extended/longer school day
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (646) 654-1742

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Hybrid
  • Independent Study
  • Internships
  • Multi-aged
  • Project-based
  • Standards-based
  • Virtual school
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Foreign languages
  • Service learning
  • Visual arts
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
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
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Business management

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Cheerleading
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Community service
  • Dance club: Hip Hop
  • Debate
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Step team
  • Student council/government
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
More from this school
  • This transfer high school has a 6 year graduation rate of 76%. This is remarkable considering the fact that each of these 230 students has fallen behind in their previous schools. Cascades is proud to state that each year we graduate an average of 125 students of our 230 student school.
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6 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
230
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
375
Students typically come from these schools
High School For Health Professions
George Washington Campus
Charter Schools

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
John Jay College, CUNY
BMCC, CUNY
Alfred State
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
SAT/ACT prep classes
Summer college prep programs
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 75%
4 year college - 10%
Military - 3%
Vocational - 1%
Workforce - 11%
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198 Forsyth St
3Rd Fl
New York, NY 10002
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Phone: (646) 654-1261

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