John V. Lindsay Wildcat Academy Charter School

17 Battery Place, New York, NY 10004 | (212) 209-6036
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Student Enrollment: 411
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School Description

The John V. Lindsay Wildcat Charter School is an alternative high school for students who have literally or figuratively “dropped out” of traditional public schools. When students seek admission to Wildcat, they are requesting a “second chance” to achieve academic success and earn a high school diploma. Founded in 1993 as the Wildcat Academy, an alternative public school (later converting to charter status in 2000), Wildcat’s work with its unique student body is grounded in the three related themes of alternative education: (1) a strong academic focus, (2) clear expectations concerning behavior, and (3) alternative learning options.

Since its founding, Wildcat has played a critical role in the development and implementation of programs addressing the needs of disenfranchised students. Implicit in the School’s mission is the goal to provide youth struggling with a myriad of issues faced by urban teens today, with the educational and vocational skills necessary to become productive members of society. As a last opportunity school, students who have been failed by their previous school settings and whose past behaviors and life experiences have prevented them from success, are given the opportunity to overcome their issues and move forward with their lives in a community that supports high academic rigor.

Faculty Details and Student Enrollment

Students and Faculty
  • Total Students Enrolled: 411
  • Total Full Time "Equivalent" Teachers: 23.0
  • Average Student-To-Teacher Ratio: 17.9
Students Gender Breakdown
  • Males: 196 (47.7%)
  • Females: 215 (52.3%)
Free Lunch Student Eligibility Breakdown
  • Eligible for Reduced Lunch: 58 (14.1%)
  • Eligible for Free Lunch: 350 (85.2%)
  • Eligible for Either Reduced or Free Lunch: 408 (99.3%)
Student Enrollment Distribution by Race / Ethnicity
John V. Lindsay Wildcat Academy Charter School Student Race Distribution
  Number Percent
American Indian20.5%
Number of Students Per Grade
Number of Students Per Grade For John V. Lindsay Wildcat Academy Charter School
  Number Percent
9th Grade14435.0%
10th Grade7317.8%
11th Grade15237.0%
12th Grade4210.2%
Graduate & Dropout Information (2010)
Graduation Rate: 18.0%
Percent of Graduates Earning a Regents Diploma
Percent of Students That Dropped Out
Public Assistance (2010)
Estimated Percent of Students From Households That Receive Public Assistance: 81-90%
Attendance & Suspensions (2009)
Attendance Rate
Percent of Students Suspended
Teacher Certification & Qualifications (2010)
Percent of Teachers Without a Valid Teaching Certificate: 9.0%
Percent of Teachers Out of Certification: 9.0%
Percent of Classes Taught by Teachers Without Appropriate Certification: 3.0%
Teacher Experience & Educational Background (2010)
Percent of Teachers with Less Than 3 Years of Experience: 17.0%
Percent of Teachers with Master's or Ph.D.: 26.0%
Teacher Turnover Rates (2010)
Turnover Rate For All Teachers: 5.0%
Source: NY Department of Education, Source: NCES 2009-2010

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