The International High School (IHS) at Prospect Heights is oriented to educating students who have recently immigrated to the U.S. and aims to “create a caring school environment that promotes collaboration, cross-cultural interaction, and appreciation of diversity.”
So it should be no surprise that IHS received an A in the School Environment category on the recent NYC Department of Education report card.
What is a little surprising, as well as disappointing, is the D the school received in the Student Performance category, especially considering it received a B in Student Progress.
These three grades combine to give IHS an overall grade of B, which is brought down by one measure in one category: Graduation Rate.
At 43.5%, the Four Year graduation rate puts IHS at the 11th percentile, meaning it is above only 11% of its peer schools.
This number seems especially surprising given that last year, 2008-9, the four year graduation rate was 60.8%, giving the school a B for Student Performance and an overall grade of A.
Nearly every other score and measure is quite high, which of course begs the question: why would graduation rate be so low?
Hopefully this drop in graduation rate is a glitch, an isolated phenomenon that does not continue, because other than this one number, IHS’s scores are looking pretty respectable.
To see the complete report card, click here.