Model Program

New Century High Schools

320 W. 13th Street
New York City, NY 10014
http://www.newvisions.org/schools/nchs/index.asp

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Contact Information:
Ron Chalvisan
Vice President for Programs
212.645.5110
rchalvisan@newvisions.org

Program Specification:

Emphasis:

Gender:

Rating:

Prevention
Intervention

Both

Strong Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

High School

Urban
Inner City

School Wide

Ethnicity:

Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities

Description:

New Visions for Public Schools, founded in 1989, is the largest education reform organization dedicated to improving the quality of education children receive in New York City's public schools. Working with the public and private sectors, New Visions develops programs and policies to energize teaching and learning and to raise the level of student achievement.

Program Descriptors Include:
Academic Improvement, Community Collaboration, Family/Parental Involvement, Professional Development

Starting Date: 1989
Students Served Per Year: 500+
Last Verified: 2009

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • High-risk peer group
  • Low achievement
  • Poor attendance
  • Low educational expectations
  • Lack of effort
  • Low commitment to school

Family factors

  • Low socioeconomic status

School factors

  • School policies and practices

Program promotes the following:

Relationships

  • Opportunities and rewards for pro-social involvement
  • Perception of support from adults and peers

Creativity

  • Problem-solving skills

Optimism

  • High expectations by community, family, school, and self

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

Unspecified

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

Federal Agencies
State Agencies
Local/City/County Agencies
School Districts
Donations

Teachers
Counselors
Volunteers
Parents
School Administrators

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Unspecified

Department of Education

Evaluation Information:

The 78% average graduation rate for the NCHS Class of 2006 exceeded the citywide average graduation rate by 20 percentage points. · Only three percent of NCHS students dropped out over four years, compared to15% of high school students citywide. · Ninth graders in NCHS were promoted to the next grade at a rate of 80% compared to 72% citywide. · The average daily attendance of NCHS students was 84% compared to 81% for New York City high school students overall. The median NCHS attendance rate was 91%.

How evaluation data was collected:
Outside experimental studies
Data collected and analyzed at school/district level
Data collected and analyzed at state or organizational level

Additional Evaluation Information:
http://www.newvisions.org/psa/pressrelease10-16-07.PDF