When the Department of Education released report cards for city high schools Monday, some new factors went into determining the grades -- factors where there is large room for improvement. NY1's Lindsey Christ filed the following report.
While almost half of city students enroll in college, Shael Polakow-Suransky, the city's Chief Academic Officer, thinks schools can do more.
"We want our principals and our teachers and our guidance counselors helping kids make a plan," Polakow-Suransky said.
Just 29 percent of the city's high schoolers are considered ready for college four years after entering high school.
Those criteria now account for 10 percent of each high school's score, with the rest based on students' progress, their actual performance and how parents, teachers and students rate the school's environment.
Even with the low college readiness numbers, there was an increase in the number of city high schools earning "A" and "B" grades -- 72 percent overall.
Boys and Girls High School was not one of those schools. It earned an overall grade of "F" for a second year in a row.
"Boys and Girls is the pride and joy of Bed-Stuy," one student said. "So hopefully it don't shut down."
But now it may shut down. Along with letter grades, the DOE announced Monday the 24 high schools it's considering closing this year and Boys and Girls is on the list.
A hallmark of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's education strategy has been the controversial policy of closing struggling schools and opening new schools in their place.
Now in the administration's final year, 60 schools are at risk, including three dozen elementary and middle schools announced in early October.
"Obviously this is a very difficult decision, the most difficult one we make," Deputy Chancellor Marc Sternberg said.
Last year, two dozen schools were closed, but Bloomberg's plan to remove half the teachers at 24 additional schools was halted by the courts.
The High School for Graphic Communication Arts was one of those schools. Now it's also earned a second "F" in a row and is back on the "at risk for closure" list. So is Lehman High School, which earned "D" grades for the past two years.
Now each has to make a case for why it should be spared.
"What we want to do is speak with members of the community to measure the extent to which there is a plan for dramatic improvement and the capacity to execute on that plan," Sternberg said.
To find your school's report card, visit schools.nyc.gov
Schools Being Considered For Closure By DOE
The following is a list of schools that the New York City Department of Education says it is considering for closure after the 2012-2013 school year. An asterisk (*) denotes a school originally slated to be closed and re-opened after the 2011-12 school year.
J.H.S. 013 Jackie Robinson
M.S. 45/S.T.A.R.S. Prep Academy
P.S. 133 Fred R Moore
P.S. 132 Juan Pablo Duarte
High School of Graphic Communication Arts
Coalition School for Social Change
Academy for Social Action: A College Board School
Choir Academy of Harlem
Bread & Roses Integrated Arts High School
P.S. 154 Jonathan D. Hyatt
Young Leaders Elementary School
J.H.S. 125 Henry Hudson
The Bronx Mathematics Preparatory School
P.S. 064 Pura Belpre
P.S. 132 Garret A. Morgan
P.S. 230 Dr Roland N. Patterson
MS 142 John Philip Sousa*
Globe School for Environmental Research
P.S. 006 West Farms
P.S. 050 Clara Barton
The School of Science and Applied Learning
Holcombe L. Rucker School of Community Research
Herbert H. Lehman High School
Bronx High School of Business
Jonathan Levin High School for Media and Communications
West Bronx Academy for the Future
Fordham Leadership Academy for Business and Technology
DeWitt Clinton High School
Bronx Regional High School
P.S. 067 Charles A. Dorsey
P.S. 167 The Parkway
Middle School for Academic and Social Excellence
J.H.S. 166 George Gershwin*
P.S. 174 Dumont
P.S. 224 Hale A. Woodruff
J.H.S. 302 Rafael Cordero
P.S. 073 Thomas S. Boyland
P.S. 165 Ida Posner
General D. Chappie James Middle School of Science
Freedom Academy High School
George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School
Juan Morel Campos Secondary School
Boys and Girls High School
W.E.B. Dubois Academic High School
Sheepshead Bay High School
J.H.S. 008 Richard S. Grossley
P.S. 140 Edward K Ellington
I.S. 059 Springfield Gardens
P.S. 156 Laurelton
J.H.S. 291 Roland Hayes
I.S. 349 Math, Science & Tech.
Flushing High School
Law, Government and Community Service High School
Business, Computer Applications & Entrepreneurship High School
Mott Haven Academy Charter School
Bronx Community Charter School