EMHCS Secondary Program Information

This year marks the second year of our high school program at Eugenio María de Hostos. Over the course of the next 4 school years, EMHCS will add a high school grade level each year. By the year 2020, we will have our first graduating class of seniors.  This year, our secondary school program includes students in grades 7, 8, 9 & 10.

The secondary school program is partnered with EL Education. EL Education is a model that emphasizes high achievement through active learning, projects, case studies, character growth, and teamwork.  Crew is a specific structure of EL Education in which all students participate.

Crew provides opportunities:

  • to build strong relationships with peers and staff
  • for Crew leaders to monitor and support student progress
  • provides each student a one-to-one relationship with an adult advisor

While the partnership with EL Education brings different structures to our teaching and learning practices, our high school students (grades 9-12) are expected to meet the NYS diploma standards and criteria.

As our school continues to grow and add additional grade levels, the high school program will change to support our school mission of providing opportunities for students to earn the NYS Seal of Biliteracy upon graduation.

It is very important for students to attend school all day.  Our instructional program is from 8:30am-4:30pm.  The 9th grade is a very critical year as students begin to accrue credits towards graduation and seat time is a requirement for successful completion of their coursework.

EL Education

“We are Crew, not Passengers.”

Eugenio Maria de Hostos is a partner of EL Education.  EL Education is a model that emphasizes high achievement through active learning, character growth, and teamwork.  Specific structures, expectations, and experiences that students will participate in at the secondary level are listed below.

Learning Expeditions

Learning Expeditions make content and skill standards come alive for students by connecting learning to real-world issues and needs. Expeditions include case studies, projects, fieldwork, and service learning that inspire our students to think and work as professionals do, contributing high-quality work to authentic audiences beyond the classroom.


Crew is an important structure at EMHCS.

  • Crew provides each student a one-to-one relationship with an adult advisor (Crew Leader).
  • Crew provides an ongoing, small peer community.
  • Crew Leaders serve as the student’s advocate in difficult academic and social situations.
  • Crew Leaders monitor and support student progress, including Habits of Work and Scholarship (HOWS)
  • Crew Leaders act as the primary contact point between parents and the school.
  • Crew offers opportunities for adventure, team-building, fitness and wellness, and college and career guidance.
  • Crew is guided first by the crew leader and then gradually led by students.


Classrooms are alive with discovery, inquiry, critical thinking, problem-solving, and collaboration. Teachers talk less. Students talk and think more. Lessons have explicit purpose, guided by learning targets for which students take ownership and responsibility. In all subject areas, teachers differentiate instruction and maintain high expectations in order to bring out the best in all students and cultivate a culture of high achievement and high-quality work.

Student Led Conference (SLC)

A SLC is a meeting with a student and his/her family and staff twice a year in which the student shares his/her portfolio of work and discusses progress with family members.  The student facilitates the meeting from start to finish.  Student Led Conferences are implemented at all secondary grade levels. It is an expectation that parents attend and participate in SLC’s.

Passages (8th grade)

In order to successfully move to high school, each 8th-grade student must participate in a portfolio assessment process that demonstrates a student’s readiness for high school.  Each student presents his or her 8th grade Passage Portfolio to one or more peers, family and school community members at the end of the 8th grade school year.

Habits of Work and Scholarship

“When a student is finished with school and moves into adult life, she/he will be judged not by her/his ability to perform on a test of basic skills, but by the quality of her/his work and character.”  Ron Berger (EL Education)

Character Traits

Students at the secondary level incorporate the following character traits into their everyday life here at EMHCS:

  • Perseverance
  • Collaboration
  • Responsibility
  • Optimism
  • Integrity

Graduation and College Readiness

EMHCS’s priority is to ensure that students are mastering state-mandated standards.  This is reflected in the promotion guidelines for all students.  We have designed, and will continue to design as we grow out, a school that is responsive to students’ needs.

In order to graduate from Eugenio María de Hostos, high school students must complete specific coursework and earn the required number of credits.  In addition to the course credits, all seniors must complete and publicly present a Senior Talk; a reflection on their journey through school, their lessons learned, and their plans for the future.

Diploma requirements for are as follows:

Subject Credits
English 4
Social Studies 4
Science 3
Math 3
Spanish Language & Culture 4
Art or Music 1
Health .5
Physical Education 2
Elective .5
Total 22

Promotion Guidelines

EMHCS believes that students’ academic performance is a significant measure of their learning accomplishments.  Students must meet applicable academic standards in order to be promoted to the next grade level.

Middle School Students (Grades 7/8)

Students in grades 7/8 who fail a core subject or subjects (English, Math, Social Studies, Spanish Language Arts, Science) are at risk of retention.  Students must attend the summer program in order to be considered for promotion to the next grade.  In addition, 8th-grade students must prepare and execute a successful Passage in May or June of the 8th-grade year.  Students will prepare for their Passage presentation through Crew.

9th – 12th Grade Students

To be promoted to the next grade,

  • a 9th-grade student must earn 5 credits before the start of the next school year.
  • a 10th-grade student must have accumulated 11 credits before the start of the next school year.
  • an 11th-grade student must have accumulated 16 credits before the start of the next school year.

Grading System

  • Grades are calculated based on a 100-point numeric scale.
  • Report Cards are issued every 10 weeks.
  • Honor Roll is determined every quarter based on the average of all classesHonors: 85-89.9%
    • High Honors: 90-94.9%
    • Distinguished Honors 95-100%

Grading Plan

All staff calculates grades using the following grading plan:

  • 40% Assessments/Projects
  • 30% Classwork
  • 20% Quizzes
  • 10% Homework

Middle School: Grades 7 & 8

Middle school students take a core curriculum of six-year-long courses (English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Spanish Language Arts, and CREW) while participating in at least 1 Expedition per year.  In addition, all middle school students participate in an Enrichment Program, which includes health and wellness, technology, team building, leadership skills and career awareness.

Typical Middle School Course Load

English Language Arts Science
Social Studies Crew
Math Physical Education
Spanish Language Arts/World Language Enrichment Classes
*Student Led Conferences *Passages (8th grade only)

High School Students Grade 9-12

High school students take a core curriculum of six-year-long courses (English, Math, Science, Social Studies, Spanish, and CREW) while participating in at least 1 Expedition or Case Study.  In addition, students participate in elective classes, which includes health and wellness, technology, team building, leadership skills and career awareness.

Regents Exams

EMHCS students will take the required NYS Regents exams.  Students must earn a minimum of 65% in order to pass the exam.   Students who do not pass a regents exam must retake the exam.  All students are encouraged to retake an exam when a score is less than 85%.

Typical 9th Grade Course Load

English I  (1 credit) Regents Living Environment (1 credit)
Global History I (1 credit) Crew (.25 credit)
Regents Algebra I  (1 credit) Physical Education (.5 credit)
Spanish Language Arts I/Spanish I (1 credit) Technology Class  (.5 credit)

Typical 10th Grade Course Load

English II (1 credit) Regents Earth Science (1 credit)
Global History II (1 credit) Crew (.25 credit)
Regents Geometry (1 credit) Physical Education (.5 credit)
Spanish Language Arts II/Spanish II (1 credit)  Health (.5 credit)
Technology (.5)

Typical 11th Grade Course Load   (DRAFT)

English III (1 credit) Regents Chemistry (1 credit) or
AP Environmental (1 credit) or
AP Biology (1 credit)
US History & Government (1 credit) Crew (.25)
Regents Algebra II  (1 credit) Physical Education (.5 credit)
Spanish Language Arts III/Spanish III (1 credit) Enrichment/Elective Classes (.5)

Typical 12th Grade Course Load  (DRAFT)

English IV (1 credit) Regents Physics (1 credit)or
AP Environmental (1 credit) or
AP Biology (1 credit)
PIG/Economics (1 credit) Crew (.25)
Pre-Calculus  (1 credit) Physical Education (.5 credit)
Spanish Language Arts IV/Spanish IV (1 credit)
Spanish 101 (College Credit)
Enrichment/Elective Classes (.5 credit)
Career Path Internship

Students Expectations

School Expectations

  • Students are expected to be prepared with all supplies: pencil, book, homework, and any other required material.
  • Students are expected to adhere to the “electronic/cell phone” policy.
  • Students are expected to report to assigned classes and remain in class.
  • Students are expected to remain in the “Secondary Program Area” and must have a signed hallway pass to travel to other areas of the building.
  • Students are expected to treat everyone with respect.
  • Students may not bring any soda and/or energy drinks to school.
  • Students (and parents) may not order lunch during the school day.
  • Students are expected to respect the school environment. Destruction of school property will not be tolerated. Families will be liable for any cost accrued if student destroys school property.

Classroom Expectations

  • Students are expected to enter the classroom in an orderly manner.
  • Upon entering, students should sit down immediately and remain quiet while waiting for directions.
  • Students should follow any directions given by the Teacher or Paraprofessional.
  • Students should raise hand to get any needed materials (pencils sharpened, book, calculator, paper).
  • Students may not leave the classroom without permission once class has started.
  • There is no eating in class unless the teacher provides food.

Arrival and Morning Routine

  • Students enter building through exit 3 and gather their breakfast.
  • Students report to the assigned breakfast room for the duration of breakfast 8:00-8:30 am.
  • Students may only see teachers with a written pass from the teacher.
  • Students will gather all materials from the locker for morning classes before period 1.
  • Students are expected to stand during the pledge and listen to announcements.

Lunchroom Expectations

  • Students enter the lunchroom and sit in the assigned section.


  • Students will be dismissed from ACE.
  • Students may not leave belongings on top of lockers.

Classwork Policy

  • Classwork is due at the end of class unless otherwise stated by the teacher.
  • If a child was present in class and does not turn in classwork, the work will receive a zero.

Homework Policy

  • Homework is given at the discretion of each teacher.

Academic Integrity

At EMHCS we believe in academic honesty.  It is expected that all school-work submitted by the student be the original efforts of the individual student.

  • Cheating: Cheating is copying another person’s work (homework, papers, exams, tests, projects, quizzes)
  • Plagiarism: Plagiarism is presenting someone else’s work as though it were your own.  Our students will be taught what constitutes plagiarism and they avoid it.

Cheating and Plagiarism negatively affects all parties involved. All persons involved are equally guilty and are subject to consequences.

Sports Program

Refer to the EMHCS Athletic Handbook

Books Fines and Fees

If a textbook, classroom novel, or library book is lost, stolen, not returned, or damaged, the student will be required to pay for the book.  Copies of classroom novels or textbooks will be made available in class for student use. In the case of lost library books, the student will not be allowed to check out books until the book is returned or the book has been paid for.


Lockers are considered school property and may be searched or inspected without notice. They are a privilege and not a right.  Each student is assigned a locker and provided a lock for his/her use only and is responsible for the contents of the locker.

  • Students may go to lockers after breakfast and during passing times, however, students risk being late to class if they stop at lockers in between class.
  • Students will be provided with an assigned locker and a combination.
  • Students should never share the combination with other students.
  • Students are solely responsible for any item brought into the building.
  • Students are prohibited from sharing lockers with other students.
  • Students should lock cell phones and other personal items in their lockers before class begins.
  • EMHCS is not responsible for anything that is lost or goes missing from a locker.

Cell Phones or Electronic Devices

  • Students may not carry their cell phones or electronic devices on their person at any point during the day.
  • All electronic devices should be in a locked locker during the day.
  • If a staff member sees any electronic device, it will be confiscated and brought to the office.
    • First offense: a conversation between student and administrator.
    • Second offense: a parent must pick up the cell phone or electronic device.
    • Third offense: student will receive a consequence which may be a formal suspension.

Hall Passes

Students in the hallway other than passing times must have a pass signed by an EMH staff member and present it upon request.

  • Students may request to see teachers at lunch or breakfast but must obtain a pass from the teacher prior to meeting.
  • If students are late to class due to meeting with a teacher, they may request a pass from the teacher.

Assemblies and All School Meetings

Gathering as a school community on a regular basis will be an important way we create and sustain a positive, productive and respectful school community.  Students and teachers are expected to travel to and from the meetings together and are expected to sit together as a group during the assembly, meeting or event.  A raised hand is the school’s universal sign for quiet/attention.  At this school, we do not yell for attention.

School Visits

Parents and families are always welcomed to come visit in the classroom, speak with a staff member or just check in on his/her student. When visiting please stop by the Secondary School Office on the second floor and speak with Ms. Ortega, Parent Coordinator to make all arrangements.


The purpose of our discipline process is to encourage and support self-discipline. Self-discipline means an individual actively takes responsibility for following through on his or her commitments.  Those commitments can be academic (I will do my homework, I will come to class prepared to learn or teach, etc.) or they can be social (I will be nice to people, I will keep the school clean, etc.) or they can be personal (I will try new things, I will exercise, etc.). Self-discipline accepts the fact that no one and no situation can make us do or say anything – our actions are the results of choices we make.  When an individual’s behavior is disruptive, disrespectful, or dangerous he or she has stopped exercising the self-discipline it takes to achieve his or her goals.

Our approach to school discipline is based on the following:

  • Every student and teacher takes responsibility for his or her behavior and performance.
  • Every student and teacher accepts the consequences (good and bad – always logical) of the choices they make.
  • We resolve our conflicts nonviolently.
  • The discipline process focuses on learning.
  • The discipline process involves students, teachers, and families in solving problems.

Most behavior issues will be handled

  • first by the students and staff immediately involved.
  • In cases of repeated or significant low-level misbehavior, (for example class tardiness, rude behavior, or mistreating school facilities or property) staff will communicate with the student’s family and work with the family to resolve the behavior.
  • Disruptive and disrespectful behavior that goes beyond classroom intervention will be referred to school administration and to families, so they can become involved immediately in addressing and resolving that behavior.
    • Consequences will range from written reflection to detention, to assignment to the Reconstruction Center, and to external suspension or expulsion.

New York State Seal of Biliteracy

It is the mission of EMHCS that all students work to achieve the “Seal of Biliteracy” as recognized by the NYS Department of Education.  Students who earn the Seal of Biliteracy have attained proficiency listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English and Spanish by high school graduation. The recognition of attaining biliteracy becomes part of the high school transcript and diploma for these students.