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High School Math Science And Engineering At Ccny

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Posted June 23, 2014

High School for Math, Science and Engineering is not as good as I had hoped. The teachers, with the exception of a few good ones, lack compassion. Some act as if it is a bother to actually teach and would rather have the kids learn on their own. The principal doesn't appear to have much control over the teachers' behavior.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 24, 2013

I am the parent of a freshman student. The teachers are all so dedicated and the students are the best. The principal, Crystal Bonds, is one of the most dedicated principals I have ever scene. She makes students her number one priority, and makes the atmosphere and environment a wonderful learning experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 22, 2013

If you can't afford Dalton or Collegiate but you want to go to one of the best high schools in New York City, this is your chance. HSMSE is indeed the jewel in the crown of NYC's specialized high schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2013

HSMSE is wonderfully diverse, and not just ethnically. No matter the student's interests or hobbies, they are able to be themselves without the pressure of conforming or the threat of being bullied. The curriculum is difficult at times, but the school offers an introductory freshman academy class to all freshman in order to prepare them with time management skills and study habbits. I LOVE the fact that students get to choose a major for their Junior-Senior years. It gives us the freedom to choose what we are interested in, and then learn about it in much depth. Almost like a gateway to the college experience. The principal calls HSMSE a hidden treasure.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 22, 2013

Don't believe the hype. It's a good school and will relly look good on your college aps and I really am overall satisifed that I sent my child there. Only problem is that not all the teachers are as helpful and engaged as some would have you believe. I would say about 10 - 15% of the teachers fall into this category. When viewing this school we were told about how there was tons of communication and that teachers would update the engrade grade reporting system on a daily basis. My experience has been that most emails to teachers go unanswered for days if not weeks (emails to administrative staff is often answered asap so there is that) and I've had some of my child's class grade go un-updated for weeks. It's incredibly frustrating some times. That said the majority fo the teachers do make themselves avialable but be forewarned that you and your child will have to do the majority of the heavy lifting. If you are not prepared to be a highly involved parent or have a child who is not driven to excel in school then I would recommend you look elsewhere. I will say that the most important thing to do as a parent is network with other parents so you can sidestep unresponsive teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2013

HSMSE is a great small school. It's focus is (surprise) math, science and engineering - so, don't go here if you don't enjoy those topics. History is pretty good for a science school; the quality of the English courses is good not great. The kids are smart, friendly and nice. Unlike other specialized HS, there is not a drug or a cheating culture. It's not very cliquish either. The teachers really know my child and are available for extra help when needed. There is great communication with the administration - the door is always open if a parent or student have an issue. I highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2011

Tough curriculum, fine teachers who will get to know your kid. I am proud of our son and his development as a student at HSMSE. He and the kids there work very hard and give much in return. Win-win.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2010

Academically superior to any other high school including the top schools here in NY. Small and friendly but still very challenging.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2009

Great small school.. Everyone knows your name and you have plenty of friends to spare.. Great curriculum and great faculty who really really care
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 3, 2009

My school has small class sizes, dedicated teachers, and a real mix of students from all races and beliefs.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 4, 2009

Rigorous program in a small school environment. Only 450 students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2009

Great curriculum, great teachers, perfect school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2009

HSMSE provides an ideal atmosphere for its students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 4, 2009

HSMSE is the best school ever! I am so glad I was chosen to go here! To be welcomed into such a loving, warm, family learning environment is such a privilege. It may sound cliche, but it is so true. The teachers have come from all over, with first-hand experiences in the subjects they teach, rather than jus the textbook in their hands. The competitive atmosphere makes you push to do your best. One day there, and you will feel a part of the family. With open arms people are welcome into HSMSE!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 25, 2009

HSMSE is full of students an faculty who are from diverse backgrounds and very down to earth. As a student there, I feel like I encounter various personalities and personal styles. The academics of HSMSE seem aslmost flawless, especially seeing that our teachers try to avoid teaching towards any kinds of tests, but rather teach toward greater knowledge for their students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 25, 2009

HSMSE offers an environment of brilliance, acceptance, and growth that is unique and invaluable.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 25, 2009

HSMSE is the only high school I know of the gives all students free reign and independence. Without this unique quality, this school would be no different from any normal city school. HSMSE is a cultural melting pot. No where else is there a greater diversity of students than here. The staff is eclectic and for the most part still act like they are still in high school giving the students a more inviting environment to spend 4 years of their life in.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 22, 2009

It's like Stuyvesant, or Bronx Science, on a much smaller scale. While we both have great academics, people @ Stuy & Bronx Science say that 'you're only a number'. Here, teacher and kids know you, and it is a great atmosphere, and learning environment
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2009

I love my school because of the atmosphere, because of the teachers and because of the opportunities it give us as students. There is virtually no popularity scale, no cliques, no hate, everybody is welcome everywhere by everyone else. All of our teachers are very relaxed with us and with how they teach and try to make sure we understand, which they can because of our small class, and all the teachers are open to be talked to before or after class. Also, being in a specialized high school and despite our lack of funding and supplies, we have the option (if we work for it) to take college classes in our years at the school. Personally, I worked hard and am a year and a half ahead in the math program, so I can take college classes in math both junior and senior years.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 21, 2009

Awesome teachers, college campus and college facilities, small class size, lots of friends. What else is there to say?
—Submitted by a student


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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.

130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
91%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

128 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
98%
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.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

156 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
98%
Global History and Geography

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

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%
Integrated Algebra

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

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%
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.

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
92%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

23 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.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%
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 Students89%
Female90%
Male88%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander94%
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Non-migrant89%

Chemistry

All Students97%
Female100%
Male96%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic93%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged96%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%
Non-migrant97%

Earth Science

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
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a

English

All Students99%
Female100%
Male99%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander98%
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant99%

Geometry

All Students99%
Female98%
Male99%
African American101%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic98%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged98%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant99%

Global History and Geography

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

Integrated Algebra

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
African American101%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%

Living Environment

All Students100%
Female101%
Male100%
African American100%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%

Physics

All Students93%
Female94%
Male94%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander90%
Hispanic95%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%
Non-migrant93%

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 disadvantaged101%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-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 2 36% 9%
White 1 26% 48%
Hispanic 2 21% 23%
Black 2 15% 19%
Two or more races 1 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 20%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 3%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 60%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
  • Engineering

Arts & music

Media arts
  • Graphics

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • 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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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 549 responses

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This school
8.8
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.8
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.1
 

City average

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

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This school
8.5
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.8
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.7
 

City average

 
7.8
 
Strong parent, teacher and student engagementWhat's this?

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This school
8.1
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

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This school
8.8
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
9.2
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.8
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents15736%
Students36384%
Teachers2991%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • MS. CRYSTAL BONDS

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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  • Engineering
Foreign languages taught
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Transportation options
  • Busses - BX19, BX33, M10, M100, M101, M11, M2, M3, M4, M5. Subways - B, C to 135th St; 1 to 137th St - City College; A, D to 145th St
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Sofbtall

Arts & music

Media arts
  • Graphics
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