HIGH SCHOOL FOR ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

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444 W 56TH ST
NEW YORK, NY 10019
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Phone: 212-262-8113
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 4
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: High
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • District: New York City Public Schools
  • Students/Teacher: 24:1
  • Students/Grade: 350
  • Number Students: 1400
  • Number Teachers: 67
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: N/A
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Number Computers: 200
  • Principal: Ms Shirley Matthews
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  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
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  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
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School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (56 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (45 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-07-04
    "The teachers are not only bad but they are also biased and they bring their biases into the classroom. The teachers at this school reuse past lessons that don't work for the majority of students and that is evident in the test scores, some teachers don't even come up with their only lessons but they use lessons they get online which is may or may not work for the majority of students but the teachers don't care whether the students pass or not since they bring in their personal biases to try and bring down the students they don't like. They do this by giving the student a lower score on things like essays, participation, classwork and yelling at students for doing something annoying like asking to go to the bathroom or talking, deny a student a letter of recommendation, or openly mocking students in class. This negatively affects students grades and consequently creates an antagonistic environment in which fights happen constantly. It's not just the students who are affected but the teachers are as well which is why all the good teachers who taught the subject well and get high regents scores have left for better opportunities like the french teacher who now teaches at stuyvesant."
    Teacher Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-07-02
    "i guess you could say this school is the epitome of America(which is not a good thing in this case) in that it is divided. This is the most decentralized school I have ever been in, the staff and administration don't get along. The students are mostly apathetic, and those who succeed do it in spite of this school because the study themselves since they can do it faster. All of the teachers who were worth keeping have left for better opportunities(one teacher teaches at Stuyvesant) and those who stayed are just barely okay, some don't teach(they just reuse past lessons that don't work or lessons they get online that are may be ineffective depending on the student but no student dares to speaks up because of pluralistic ignorance.), some are even racist. I guess this is a dream school for any republican since they believe that with hard work you can achieve the American dream but that is hypocritical if you're funded from tax dollars and you don't do your job well( or not at all) and are essentially not doing anything but skating by like someone on welfare which is ironic because from what some of the teachers say and do, you can tell they are republicans.I wouldn't send my kids here"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-06-25
    "Since the hallways are very narrow it is easy for people to eavesdrop on what people are saying but even when students and teachers are not in the halls but in the classrooms they are being spied on. The teachers don't even hide this if you pay attention you will notice that the teachers are unafraid of showing their biases, and since they also like eavesdropping it makes it easier for them to openly mock students and teachers in the classroom, sometimes when they're in the same room. Most teachers get their lessons online and recycle lessons from last year regardless of effectiveness. Good teachers do not stay long since they would be at another school. The same thing goes for students unless they have made good friends or want to stay with old friends but both good teachers and good students are few and far between, at this school a good teacher would be one that does their job without putting most of the weight on the students, at other schools a good teacher makes you care about learning the subject matter not just passing a test. If your child is at all ambitious or studious, don't send them here."
    Other Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-06-19
    "Apparently their idea of constructive criticism is to always be berating and belittling students who make them actually do their jobs,(teaching) and the students who study the material themselves make the teachers highly unnecessary, and yet the teachers complain about students not knowing the material when they don't teach. Don't send your kids here unless your kids just plan on studying themselves or socializing or both."
    Other Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-06-08
    "There are a lot of bad students in this school but there are also a lot of good students Too. There are a lot of really bad teachers and some good teachers who aren't good enough to leave this school so the quality of their teaching is based on how much they like your child. if you tried hard in middle school to get into the honors academy then you'll have a great time, just make the right friends, know that teachers have their biases too even if they are not supposed to. There is an incredibly obnoxious air of delusion among students and teachers thinking that they are better than everybody else (except among those who are most likely to excel), this does not create a conducive learning environment, especially if learning is dependent on the teachers liking you. For those who are not in the honors academy, try to transfer out, or try not to get sucked into the wrong crowd. One other thing, the mostly apathetic student-body, and largely terrible teaching staff(whether because of the student-body/school bureaucracy is unclear) makes this school on the cusp of being considered an urban school if it weren't for the honors academy."
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