Saturday, June 24, 2017

Why Renewal High Schools Continue To Fail.




























An admittedly biased study done by the pro-charter group, Families For Excellent Schools. have shown that the Renewal Schools have continued to under preform, despite the massive amount of money that went to the schools.  Moreover, these schools continue to shed students and excess teachers.  Finally, the Renewal Schools have a problem with chronic absenteeism and low student academic achievement.

The DOE tried to limit the influx of "high needs" students by eliminating acceptance of "over-the-counter" students to the Renewal Schools.  However, these schools could not attract academically proficient students either.  The result was that the Renewal High Schools continued to struggle academically and had trouble keeping students from fleeing the schools, when given the chance to leave.

To make matters worse, veteran teachers, the lifeblood of a properly functioning school, didn't want to work in the highly stressful environment of the Renewal School.  despite what Chancellor Carmen Farina claims.  The result is that the Renewal High Schools have a majority of inexperienced teachers who are subject to a steep learning curve to master classroom management and curriculum knowledge, not an optimal educational environment for a struggling student population.   Furthermore, the Renewal High Schools suffer from high teacher turnover, either because the teachers are excessed or use the Open Market Transfer System to escape the school. This makes the Renewal High Schools an unstable educational environment and hurts students academic achievement.

Adding to the already stressful educational environment, the Renewal High Schools are top heavy with both in school and outside administrators,  In fact, the administration of Amiee Horowitz is known to be the dumping grounds for failing or unwanted principals and other out of favor administrators.  This top-heavy and highly paid administrators gobble up the lion's share of the extra funding for the Renewal School program.

The Renewal High Schools have only met 24 of the 102 benchmarks set for them and had a chronic absenteeism rate of 44%, almost half of the students.  Finally, most Renewal High Schools had a "college and career readiness rate" of the teens or less and are considered "diploma mills", graduating students unprepared for college and careers.  Check out the two charts below and the problems stare you in the face.




Renewal High School
Enrollment
Students Chronically Absent
Academy of Urban Planning
227
49%
Long Island City High School
2077
44%
John Adams High School
2386
43%
Richmond Hill High School
1950
38%
August Martin High School
459
51%
Martin Van Buren High School
1544
41%
Flushing High School
1812
39%
Pan American International High School
380
26%
Brooklyn Collegiate: A College Board School
307
40%
Cypress Hills Collegiate Preparatory School
232
42%
Multicultural High School
208
36%
Brooklyn Generation School
234
23%
Frederick Douglass Academy IV Secondary School
77
49%
Boys and Girls High School
383
43%
Automotive High School
372
60%
Foundations Academy
73
70%
Juan Morel Campos Secondary School
622
38%
Peace and Diversity Academy
125
73%
Monroe Academy for Visual Arts & Design
416
64%
DeWitt Clinton High School
1694
45%
Fordham Leadership Academy for Business and Techno
410
45%
DreamYard Preparatory School
294
43%
Leadership Institute
180
53%
Bronx High School of Business
309
46%
Bronx Collegiate Academy
395
45%
Herbert H. Lehman High School
1092
50%
Holcombe L. Rucker School of Community Research
193
52%
Banana Kelly High School
234
60%
Foreign Language Academy of Global Studies
105
51%
New Explorers High School
426
60%
High School for Health Careers and Sciences
526
39%
Coalition School for Social Change
232
53%
Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing & Vis
377
59%
Henry Street School for International Studies
185
52%
All Renewal Schools
20,536
44.45%




  Renewal High School
4-Year College Readiness Index
2015
2016
+/-
Academy of Urban Planning
19%
11%
-8%
Long Island City High School
23%
25%
2%
John Adams High School
20%
22%
2%
Richmond Hill High School
16%
22%
6%
August Martin High School
2%
7%
5%
Martin Van Buren High School
14%
18%
4%
Flushing High School
21%
18%
-3%
Pan American International High School
52%[6]
38%
-13%
Brooklyn Collegiate: A College Board School
18%
16%
-3%
Cypress Hills Collegiate Preparatory School
10%
11%
1%
Multicultural High School
3%
11%
8%
Brooklyn Generation School
17%
16%
-1%
Frederick Douglass Academy IV Secondary School
11%
11%
0%
Boys and Girls High School
10%
7%
-3%
Automotive High School
3%
4%
1%
Foundations Academy
5%
14%
8%
Juan Morel Campos Secondary School
7%
3%
-4%
Peace and Diversity Academy
3%
11%
7%
Monroe Academy for Visual Arts & Design
5%
6%
2%
DeWitt Clinton High School
19%
19%
0%
Fordham Leadership Academy for Business and Technology
6%
6%
0%
DreamYard Preparatory School
3%
10%
7%
Leadership Institute
4%
2%
-2%
Bronx High School of Business
19%
15%
-5%
Bronx Collegiate Academy
12%
14%
2%
Herbert H. Lehman High School
11%
21%
10%
Holcombe L. Rucker School of Community Research
27%
6%
-21%
Banana Kelly High School
17%
7%
-10%
Foreign Language Academy of Global Studies
2%
14%
12%
New Explorers High School
20%
6%
-15%
High School for Health Careersand Sciences
10%
8%
-2%
Coalition School for Social Change
4%
8%
4%
Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing & Vis
7%
7%
0%
Henry Street School for International Studies
39%
5%
-34%

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Failing mini high schools are quietly being absorbed by the schools in the building that have better stats. It is called "collapsing"! For example at the Wingate Campus in Brooklyn the JHS was completely taken away and the second and third floor schools are going to become one school.

I have heard of other big buildings that would welcome "collapsing" because they really want to expand and need the space.

Sounds like the comprehensive HS is on the way back! Now we need community schools back too!

Anonymous said...

All failed policies but they keep doing the wrong thing.

Anonymous said...

It's slowly going back to the old system. Under the Bloomberg era crazy principals were brought in saying that nothing worked. That is how old schools began to shut down and these little, pathetic schools were created. Just how the DOE principals got rid of a lot of staff, it's time to get rid of these idiotic principals. We need true leaders that won't fall for this, sorry to write it, BULLSHIT!. This will also include that students will need to do their homework, classwork and behave themselves. Parents will need to discipline their children, monitor their work and stop having babies if they cannot afford children and/or cannot handle the stress associated with it. It all boils down to RESPONSIBILITY.

mjr2 said...

a friend of mine was at a renewal school in the Bronx for 4 years. last year she was offered a position in the New Rochelle School System. she now describes her experience being in the new york shitty doe as being in an abusive relationship!! NYCDOE is a horrible place to work you just better hope you learn that early in your career!!!

Anonymous said...

Yes, and people's careers are getting destroyed. The procedures these administrators put in place don't work. Teachers and school counselors get penalized when the rates are not adequate.

Anonymous said...

Monroe Academy for Visual Arts isn't even being phased out they just made the entire staff ATRs and sent freshman, sophomores and juniors to be absorbed by the other schools in the building. I haven't seen a thing written about it.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear about this.

Anonymous said...

They are also very corrupt.

Anonymous said...

Dwarka has destroyed the school still FariƱa loves her.

Anonymous said...

More nonsense.