Humanities Preparatory Academy

Principal: 
Julie Conason
Address: 
351 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011
Phone: 
(212) 929-4433

Humanities Preparatory Academy
351 West 18th Street
New York, NY 10011
tel (212) 929-4433 fax (212) 929-4445
E-mail: cynthia@humanitiesprep.org
CEEB # 333704

Julie Conason, Principal
Cynthia León, College Counselor

Enrollment: 177 Students (9-12)

Student DemographicsStudents live in all five boroughs of NYC
33% African-American
52% Hispanic
9% White
6 % Asian-American

Admissions
Students are admitted as rising ninth graders through NYC Department of Educational articulation and as tenth - twelfth grade transfer students via interview.

Staff 13 Certified teachers
3 Guidance personnel
4 Administrative personnel
1 Paraprofessional
(8:1 Student/staff ratio)

Curriculum/Coursework
Humanities Preparatory Academy is a member of the New York Performance Standards Consortium
All graduates complete a college preparatory curriculum (no courses are designated as Honors or AP).
College courses at BMCC (CUNY), Eugene Lang College, Hunter College (CUNY), Baruch College (CUNY) and New York University are available to eligible students.

Summative Assessment
All students are required to complete Performance-Based Assessment Tasks (PBATs) in English, history, math, and science. In addition, students must take the NYS Regents exam in English.
*Note: Transfer students who have taken math, history, and science Regents exams at their previous school may use these to replace PBATs.

Cumulative G.P.A. Distribution for the Class of 2009
90-98% 3 students
85-89% 7 students
80-84% 9 students
75-79% 8 students
70-74% 9 students
65-70% 4 students

Coursework
The NYC Department of Education requires that each student entering high school after September 2001 complete at least 44 credits in a specific distribution. The specific distribution of academic courses required for graduation is as follows:
8 English, 6 Mathematics, 8 Social Studies, 6 Science, 2 Foreign Language, 1 Health, 1 Music, 1 Art,
7 Electives, 4 Physical Education

All classes are college-preparatory, heterogeneously grouped (there is no tracking), and most have mixed grade and age levels. Our classes emphasize an individualized approach through hands-on projects and active discussions. Our entire curriculum is aligned with the New York State Regents Learning Standards. We encourage students to speak intelligently, critically, and passionately.

Humanities Prep classes meet 4 times per week for extended periods in a block-scheduling format. The school year is divided into two semesters (On students’ transcripts, Fall = 1 and Spring = 2 indicate which semester a student took a course). Typically, students take 5 courses plus advisory each semester. Advisory, a credit-bearing communications and leadership development course, also serves as a forum for personalization and group guidance. Students earn between 0.5 and 2 credits for each course.

Transcript Grades
Each transcript has a ‘Cumulative Average’ that reflects the student’s grade-point average after excluding not-for-credit courses. Due to the many different grading systems used by public and private schools, and the number of transfer students we enroll (currently 40% of our student body), many of our transcripts will reflect a mix of grading systems. However, we have sought to unify them numerically. While we do calculate grade-point averages, we do not rank our students. Many of our students exhibit significant improvement in their grades and accomplishments after transferring to Humanities Prep. Our transcript includes a code by each course to help determine if the student took the course while attending our school. Courses not taken at Prep are coded with “#” in the course code column to the left of each course title. We strongly urge looking for patterns of improvement and achievement after students have enrolled at Prep.

COLLEGE ACCEPTANCES 1998-2008

ADELPHI UNIVERSITY (NY)
AGNES SCOTT COLLEGE (GA)
ALBERTUS MAGNUS COLLEGE (CT)
ALFRED UNIVERSITY (NY)
AMHERST COLLEGE (MA)
ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY (AZ)
ART INSTITUTE OF BOSTON (MA)
BARD COLLEGE (NY)
BENNETT COLLEGE (NC)
BENNINGTON COLLEGE (VT)
BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC (MA)
BOSTON UNIVERSITY (MA)
BRYN MAWR COLLEGE (PA)
CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF THE ARTS (CA)
CUNY (City University of New York)
COLLEGE OF THE ATLANTIC (ME)
COLLEGE OF MT. ST. VINCENT (NY)
COLLEGE OF SANTA FE (NM)
COOPER UNION (NY)
CORCORAN COLLEGE OF ART & DESIGN (DC)
DICKINSON COLLEGE (PA)
EMERSON COLLEGE (MA)
EUGENE LANG / SCHOOL FOR SOCIAL RESEARCH (NY)
EVERGREEN STATE COLLEGE (WA)
FORDHAM UNIVERSITY (NY)
FRANKLIN & MARSHALL COLLEGE (PA)
FRANKLIN PIERCE COLLEGE (NH)
GODDARD COLLEGE (VT)
GOUCHER COLLEGE (MD)
HAMILTON COLLEGE (NY)
HAMPSHIRE COLLEGE (MA)
HARDING UNIVERSITY (AR)
HARVARD UNIVERSITY (MA)
HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY (NY)
HOLLINS UNIVERSITY (VA)
HOWARD UNIVERSITY (DC)
ITHACA COLLEGE (NY)
JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY (MD)
JOHNSON & WALES UNIVERSITY (RI)
KEAN UNIVERSITY (NJ)
LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY (NY)
LYNN UNIVERSITY (FL)
MANHATTAN COLLEGE (NY)
MANHATTANVILLE COLLEGE (NY)
MARIST COLLEGE (NY)
MARYMOUNT MANHATTAN COLLEGE (NY)
MASSACHUSETTS COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS (MA)
MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE (VT)
MOUNT HOLYOKE COLLEGE (MA)
NAZARETH COLLEGE (NY)
NEWMANN COLLEGE (PA)
NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE (NH)
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY (NY)
NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY (MA)
NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY (IL)
OCCIDENTAL COLLEGE (CA)
PACE UNIVERSITY (NY)
PARSONS SCHOOL OF DESIGN (NY)
PENN STATE UNIVERSITY (PA)
POINT PARK COLLEGE (PA)
POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY (NY)
PRATT INSTITUTE (NY)
PRINCETON UNIVERSITY (NJ)
ROCHESTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (NY)
ROLLINS COLLEGE (FL)
RUTGERS, THE STATE UNIV. OF NEW JERSEY (NJ)
SARAH LAWRENCE COLLEGE (NY)
SETON HALL UNIVERSITY (NJ)
SMITH COLLEGE (MA)
SOUTHERN CONN STATE UNIVERSITY (CT)
SPELMAN COLLEGE (GA)
SUNY (State University of New York)
ALBANY
ALFRED STATE
BINGHAMTON
BUFFALO
BUFFALO STATE
CANTON
CORTLAND
FARMINGDALE
GENESEO
MORRISVILLE
NEW PALTZ
OLD WESTBURY
ONEONTA
OSWEGO
PLATTSBURGH
POTSDAM
PURCHASE
STONY BROOK
TUSKEGEE UNIVERSITY (AL)
U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY (CO)
U.S. MILITARY ACADEMY AT WEST POINT (NY)
U. OF MASS / LOWELL (MA)
U. OF BRIDGEPORT (CT)
U. OF COLORADO / BOULDER (CO)
U. OF HARTFORD (CT)
U. OF NORTH CAROLINA / GREENSBORO (NC)
U. OF SOUTH CAROLINA / COLUMBIA (SC)
U. OF TAMPA (FL)
UTICA COLLEGE (NY)
VAUGHN COLLEGE (NY)
VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY (PA)
VIRGINIA STATE UNIVERSITY (VA)
WASHINGTON & JEFFERSON UNIVERSITY (PA)
WELLS COLLEGE (NY)