Our students are required to pass Regents exams in ELA and Algebra. In Fall 2015, IHS-US became a New York Performance Standards Consortium School and we received an ELL Waiver for other Regents (science & social studies). We now administer Performance Based Assessment Tests (PBATs) to meet NY State Graduation Requirements. Through students’ in-depth research and analysis, their PBATs (portfolio projects) demonstrate how they have met State Standards in each discipline. PBATs hold students to higher standards than “one-size-fits-all” standardized tests, and are important preparation for college and work
In New York State, Regents Examinations are statewide standardized examinations in core high school subjects required for a Regents Diploma to graduate. Regents diplomas are optional and typically offered for college-bound and non-disabled students.
What is Special Education?
Schools provide an array of interventions and services for all students, disabled and non-disabled, as well as implementing new service delivery models for disabled students. The focus of this program is a single, unified and efficient service delivery system for all students, with a goal of ensuring that special education services are made available in the least restrictive setting that will provide appropriate services for student success.
The environment for the recommended special education services for each student is guided by the principle of the least restrictive environment (LRE). A student’s LRE is the environment where the student can receive an education designed to meet the student’s special educational needs while being educated with nondisabled peers as much as possible.
Depending on the student’s individual needs, the LRE could be:
- The general education classroom, with supplementary aids and services(such as special education teacher support).
- Collaborative Team Teaching – for all or part of the day, within the neighborhood school with a general education and a special education teacher in the classroom.
- A special class, part-time, with the student spending up to fifty percent of the day in a special class setting and the remainder of the day in general education classes;
- A special class full-time, within the neighborhood school;
- A special class full-time in a separate, specialized District 75 school; or
- State Education Department approved nonpublic schools;
- Home and hospital instruction.
College Now is CUNY’s collaborative program with NYC public schools. This program offers college-level classes to high school students.
- Why our students take College Now
- To improve their English
- To make up missing high school credits
- To earn FREE college credits
- To challenge themselves
- To meet students from other NYC schools
- To take classes with native English speakers
- To study new subjects, find new interests
- To experience what it’s like to be at a college & take a college class
- To prepare for success in college
- Add it to their resume and college application
- To show colleges what they are capable of (College Admissions Offices LOVE high school students who take college classes)