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Do Not Apply – Manhattan high schools

July 23, 2008 am31 9:30 am

[This list has been updated. Click updated list to see it. -jd]

This is a preliminary list. The source is (highly) reliable, but I do not have supporting details at this time. Also, I would expect the list to grow, though perhaps not to Bronx proportions.

There are good schools, bad schools, mediocre schools. But in New York City we have a handful of schools that are so poorly run, so out of control, with administrations that are so incompetent, mean, arbitrary, or vindictive, that getting a job in these schools often means ending your career before it starts.

I’m making a list:

  1. *HS of Art and Design
  2. *Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis HS
  3. *Life Sciences HS

* Need anecdotes, details to confirm. Will update as details arrive

I’ll be adding to this list, but you can help. If you know a school that is a career-ender, e-mail me at “this blog name” at gmail dot com. Explain how the school ends careers, and if possible, share some anecdotes. If you save even one new teacher from ending up at a hell hole, it will have been well worth it.

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  1. July 24, 2008 am31 8:16 am 8:16 am

    If you go to the school details page here:
    Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis High School

    Life Sciences High School:

    Art and Design High School:

    If you visit the URL’s above and click on the Academics tab it appears that the “Adequate Yearly Progress Decisions” have been acceptable… Of course that doesn’t mean they are good schools but at least they’re progressing well.

  2. July 24, 2008 am31 8:30 am 8:30 am

    You could check my Bronx list, too. Most of them make AYP. But that’s not what we are really interested in, here.

    Are schools making AYP automatically better places to work in than those that are not?

    Probably not, though there may be some weak correlation.

  3. July 25, 2008 pm31 11:02 pm 11:02 pm

    The questions at hand in these posts are:

    1. Will new teachers survive the school?
    2. Do teachers leave in large numbers?
    3. If you kid/friend/friend’s kid/kid’s friend were going into teaching, would you tell them to avoid these schools?

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    July 26, 2008 pm31 7:29 pm 7:29 pm

    Please add UAM high school to your list. This past school year, 8 out of the 18 teachers at the school moved on to other schools. The ones who remained are only there becasue they have not found other schools yet. The principal is quick to ruin careers and completed tarnish striving teacher´s records. I would not recommend this school to any fellow teacher.

  5. July 26, 2008 pm31 7:52 pm 7:52 pm

    If UAM is the Urban Assembly Media school (in the MLK building), it was added earlier today.

    Here is the updated Manhattan HS list.

  6. August 2, 2012 pm31 12:00 pm 12:00 pm



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