Institute for Collaborative Education

Principal: 
John Pettinato
Address: 
345 East 15th Street, 5th floor, New York, NY 10003
Phone: 
212-475-7972

Geographic District: 02
School Support Organization: Empowerment Zone
# of Students: 445
Grades: 6-12
Avg. # of students in each section: 22
# of 2009 Seniors: 54
Percentage of 2008 Seniors with college-bound plans: 100% of graduates
Memberships: The Coalition for Essential Schools (CES); New York Performance Standards Consortium; Empowerment Zone “uniform-curriculum” waived schools; NYC Empowerment Schools Institute Action Research Project

Students at I.C.E. complete: 7 years of Math study, 7 years of Science study, , 7 years of Humanities study (English/Social Studies), 5 years of Foreign Language study, a minimum 3 year visual arts sequence; 7 years of integrated technology units in their subject courses; and elective coursework offering a range of music, theater, and subject-specific options

Faculty: Our faculty have been hand-picked from programs at Brown, New York University, Columbia University, Princeton, Harvard, Yale, Oberlin, Hunter College Graduate Study Program, and the New School for Social Research, among other prestigious institutions. Their own academic records show a commitment to high academic achievement. I.C.E. teachers in the arts all come from professional careers and continue to show and produce their work at local and national venues.

Colleges and Universities Attended by I.C.E. Graduates:
Private and Out of State:
Alfred University, Antioch College, Bard College, Brown University, Bucknell University, Clark University, Clark Atlanta University, Colby College, Connecticut College, Delaware State University, Dickinson College, Drexel University, Edison community College, Fordham University, Goucher College, Hamilton College, Hampshire College, Hampton College, Hartwick College, Hofstra University, Johnson & Wales University, Lafayette College, LaSalle University, Lesley University, Long Island University-Brooklyn Campus, Marist College, Marywood College, Mt. Holyoke College, Middlebury College, Monroe College, Nazareth College, New York University, Oberlin College, Pace University, Parsons School of Design, Pennsylvania State University, Polytechnic University, Rochester Institute of Technology, Sarah Lawrence College, St. John’s University, St. Lawrence University, Savannah School of Art & Design, South Carolina Wesleyan, Syracuse University, Trinity College, Tulane University, Union College, University of Chicago, University of Connecticut, University of Hartford, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, University of Minnesota, University of Vermont, Vanderbilt University, Virginia State University, Wheaton College, Yale University

State University of New York:
University Centers: Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo, Stony Brook
Colleges of Arts and Science : Buffalo, Geneseo, New Paltz, Old Westbury, Oneonta, Plattsburgh, Purchase
Agriculture and/or Technology Colleges: Canton, Delhi, Environmental Science & Forestry, Farmingdale, Morrisville
Community Colleges: Cayuga, Clinton, Fashion Institute of Technology (F.I.T.), Genesee, Sullivan

City University of New York:
Senior Colleges: Baruch, Brooklyn, City, Hunter (Honors College), John Jay, Lehman, New York City Tech, Queens, York
Community Colleges: Borough of Manhattan, Kingsborough, Queensborough

Collaborations with: New York University—Steinhardt School of Education, New York University–School of Social Work; Baruch College; Borough of Manhattan Community College; City College of New York; Greenwich Village Youth Council (GVYC); Youth Counseling League; New Haven Academy; Eyebeam Aetelier; Japan Society; Office of State Senator Tom Duane

Grading: Student performance is measured through careful evaluation of in-depth projects and performance-based tasks. Students are given two narrative Progress Reports each year, two sets of non-narrative Cycle progress reports, and four sets of Work Habits Reports. I.C.E. does not rank students.

I.C.E. graduates exhibit strong critical thinking, speaking, and writing skills. This is evidenced through six ten-to-fifteen page papers demonstrating skills and discipline-specific knowledge and techniques. They present these papers before a panel of teachers, parents, and peers. As part of the performance assessment requirements (PBATs), students must successfully defend their theses and projects to be approved for graduation.

Graduation Requirements: In addition to the PBATs, development of a Graduation Portfolio in all core subjects, which has been faculty approved; Senior Circle Graduation Portfolio includes: Math Scenario Project; Science Research Paper and oral defense; Technology Portfolio; American Historical Thesis and oral defense, Literary Criticism and oral defense; and the Senior Year Executive Internship (second semester senior year).

College Preview/College Now Programs: I.C.E. students have opportunities to take college courses at New York University, Baruch College, City College, and the Borough of Manhattan Community College. Students are not identified as high school students and are assessed at those colleges by the same standard as college students. Additionally, through College Now, interested I.C.E. students were able to take an advanced Spanish course at Baruch College during the fall of 2006.

Advanced Courses: Our offerings have included Perception (Cognitive Science), Disease Theory (Epidemeology), Feminist Literature, Race Theory, Psychology, and Philosophy. Senior Circle students choose from these collegiate-style advanced electives that expose them to material often taught only on the higher education level. Additionally courses in all subject areas are infused with embedded technology units so that students can apply contemporary technologies that are being used in the field.

Computers: I.C.E. students access two state-of-the-art Imac Labs. We offer technology courses throughout middle school and high school. Students learn web design, publishing, animation, and work with new media including sound and video. Students interact with a school web site that has posted homework and is currently rolling out asynchronous communication tools.

Arts: I.C.E. employs full-time arts instructors who offers Music, Digital Art, Studio Art and Art Appreciation courses. Music is taught by a professional jazz musician and bandleader. The study of eleven instruments is offered, both in groups and individually. In addition to these instructors I.C.E. also a employs a guitarist from the Italian Conservatory and a vocal coach on a part-time basis to work with students.

Professional Experience: Second Semester Senior Year students participate in our semester-long Executive Internship Program. Internships are for 4 full days a week. On Fridays, students return to I.C.E. for an Internship Seminar. Placements have included: Prudential Securities, ESPN, the Innocence Project, the Museum of Natural History and HB Studios.

Sports: We have both middle school and high school girls’ and boys’ basketball teams. Our Boys’ Varsity Basketball Team has been in the playoffs for the last three years, and won their division in 2003-2004 & 2005-2006 seasons, and were Division B citywide champions and one game from the state championships in February 2006.

Awards: The I.C.E. Debate Team has “placed” in the top positions for both novice and advanced divisions, as individuals and teams. They have won and are consistently invited to city, state, regional, and international debate tournaments and are an active leading team in the New York Urban Debate League.

Scholarships: Over the past 8 years I.C.E. has had 15 students receive Posse Scholarships (4 each in the 2003 & 2005 class); one received the Bertelsmann Award in Film; a finalist for the New York Times Scholarship; and a 1st place citywide art award, and a 2nd place Poetry city-wide contest, among other private and merit-based awards.

Students at I.C.E. complete: 7 years of Math study, 7 years of Science study, , 7 years of Humanities study (English/Social Studies), 5 years of Foreign Language study, a minimum 3 year visual arts sequence; 7 years of integrated technology units in their subject courses; and elective coursework offering a range of music, theater, and subject-specific options

Faculty: Our faculty have been hand-picked from programs at Brown, New York University, Columbia University, Princeton, Harvard, Yale, Oberlin, Hunter College Graduate Study Program, and the New School for Social Research, among other prestigious institutions. They were chosen because through their roles at these universities, they represented a committment to high academic achievement. I.C.E. teachers in the arts all come from professional careers and continue to show and produce their work at local and national venues.

Colleges and Universities Attended by I.C.E. Graduates:
Private and Out of State:
Alfred University, Antioch College, Bard College, Brown University, Bucknell University, Clark University, Clark Atlanta University, Colby College, Connecticut College, Delaware State University, Dickinson College, Drexel University, Edison community College, Fordham University, Goucher College, Hamilton College, Hampshire College, Hampton College, Hartwick College, Hofstra University, Johnson & Wales University, Lafayette College, LaSalle University, Lesley University, Long Island University-Brooklyn Campus, Marist College, Marywood College, Mt. Holyoke College, Middlebury College, Monroe College, Nazareth College, New York University, Oberlin College, Pace University, Parsons School of Design, Pennsylvania State University, Polytechnic University, Rochester Institute of Technology, Sarah Lawrence College, St. John’s University, St. Lawrence University, Savannah School of Art & Design, South Carolina Wesleyan, Syracuse University, Trinity College, Tulane University, Union College, University of Chicago, University of Connecticut, University of Hartford, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, University of Minnesota, University of Vermont, Vanderbilt University, Virginia State University, Wheaton College, Yale University

State University of New York:
University Centers: Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo, Stony Brook
Colleges of Arts and Science : Buffalo, Geneseo, New Paltz, Old Westbury, Oneonta, Plattsburgh, Purchase
Agriculture and/or Technology Colleges: Canton, Delhi, Environmental Science & Forestry, Farmingdale, Morrisville
Community Colleges: Cayuga, Clinton, Fashion Institute of Technology (F.I.T.), Genesee, Sullivan

City University of New York:
Senior Colleges: Baruch, Brooklyn, City, Hunter (Honors College), John Jay, Lehman, New York City Tech, Queens, York
Community Colleges: Borough of Manhattan, Kingsborough, Queensborough

Collaborations with: New York University—Steinhardt School of Education, New York University–School of Social Work; Baruch College; Borough of Manhattan Community College; City College of New York; Greenwich Village Youth Council (GVYC); Youth Counseling League; New Haven Academy; Eyebeam Aetelier; Japan Society; Office of State Senator Tom Duane

Grading: Student performance is measured through careful evaluation of in-depth projects. Students are given two narrative Progress Reports each year, two sets of non-narrative Cycle progress reports, and four sets of Work Habits Reports. I.C.E. does not rank students. I.C.E. graduates exhibit strong critical thinking, speaking, and writing skills. This is evidenced through six ten-to-fifteen page papers demonstrating skills and discipline-specific knowledge and techniques. They present these papers before a panel of teachers, parents, and peers. Students must successfully defend their thesis and project to be approved for graduation.

Graduation Requirements: Development of a Graduation Portfolio in all core subjects, which has been faculty approved; Senior Circle Graduation Portfolio includes: Math Scenario Project; Science Research Paper and oral defense; Technology Portfolio; American Historical Thesis and oral defense, Literary Criticism and oral defense; and the Senior Year Executive Internship (second semester senior year).

College Preview/College Now Programs: I.C.E. students have opportunities to take college courses at New York University, Baruch College, City College, and the Borough of Manhattan Community College. Students are not identified as high school students and are assessed at those colleges by the same standard as college students. Additionally, through College Now, interested I.C.E. students were able to take an advanced Spanish course at Baruch College during the fall of 2006.

Advanced Courses: Our offerings have included Perception (Cognitive Science), Disease Theory (Epidemeology), Feminist Literature, Race Theory, Psychology, and Philosophy. Senior Circle students choose from these collegiate-style advanced electives that expose them to material often taught only on the higher education level. Additionally courses in all subject areas are infused with embedded technology units so that students can apply contemporary technologies that are being used in the field.

Computers: I.C.E. students access two state-of-the-art Imac Labs. We offer technology courses throughout midddle school and high school. Students learn web design, publishing, animation, and work with new media including sound and video. Students interact with a school web site that has posted homework and is currently rolling out asynchronous communication tools.

Arts: I.C.E. employs full-time arts instructors who offers Music, Digital Art, Studio Art and Art Appreciation courses. Music is taught by a professional jazz musician and bandleader. The study of eleven instruments is offered, both in groups and individually. In addition to these instructors I.C.E. also a employs a guitarist from the Italian Conservatory and a vocal coach on a part-time basis to work with students.

Professional Experience: Second Semester Senior Year students participate in our semester-long Executive Internship Program. Internships are for 4 full days a week. On Fridays, students return to I.C.E. for an Internship Seminar. Placements have included: Prudential Securities, ESPN, the Innocence Project, the Museum of Natural History and HB Studios.

Sports: We have both middle school and high school girls’ and boys’ basketball teams. Our Boys’ Varsity Basketball Team has been in the playoffs for the last three years, and won their division in 2003-2004 & 2005-2006 seasons, and were Division B citywide champions and one game from the state championships in February 2006.

Awards: The I.C.E. Debate Team has “placed” in the top positions for both novice and advanced divisions, as individuals and teams. They have won and are consistently invited to city, state, regional, and international debate tournaments and are an active leading team in the New York Urban Debate League.

Scholarships: Over the past 8 years I.C.E. has had 15 students receive Posse Scholarships (4 each in the 2003 & 2005 class); one received the Bertelsmann Award in Film; a finalist for the New York Times Scholarship; and a 1st place citywide art award, and a 2nd place Poetry city-wide contest, among other private and merit-based awards.