Institute for Collaborative Education Reviews
Rating 3.78 out of 5 81 reviews
A school that prioritizes the collaboration and mental health of other students to create a diverse safe-space for the community. I.C.E or the Institute for Collaborative Education is a middle through high-school (6-12) experience that grades academic success off projects and experimentation over examinations. The school has a plethora of supportive staff and a well-coordinated curriculum. I.C.E has helped me grow both as a student and as a person. My only qualms with the school have to do with the extracurriculars which are limited due to the lack of funding.
ICE’s small size means students build a strong sense of community, each year working with the same people and seeing the same faces. While this can be an issue in 9-10th grade when students begin to get tiered of each other, these problems are usually pushed aside during projects. The ICE classroom is incredibly engaging, while all schools have students raise there hands and answer questions, at ICE students are encouraged to respond on others, build ideas and strive to be critical thinkers. Ice cycle projects are an excellent example of ICE’s curriculum. Some memorable ones would be the SMATH Rollercoaster and catapult projects, Spanish movie creation project, Chemistry Fire Work experiment and Soap Project. I could go on but am running out of space. My only hesitation to give this school 5 starts is how the administration often fails to solve problems. Often students who bully other students are talked to but change never made, sometimes there actions are even justified.
The Institute for Collaborative Education fosters a welcoming environment in which the students have a close and non-judgemental relationship with their teachers. The class sizes are very small, so each student is given an opportunity to ask questions and build a trustworthy foundation with their teachers and peers.
I'm a big fan of the progressive academic environment, and being at ICE allowed me a lot of flexibility to pursue my own personal interests outside of school as well as learn at my own pace. My main critique would be the disorganization of the school, but frankly it's because of the lack of funding from the DOE. The student body is also pretty unenthusiastic, but overall the school itself is proactive and a good learning environment for learners like myself.
I liked that the classes were all honors. Didn't like that there were no AP courses our driver's ed classes.
For a while I was bullied and didn't feel safe in the school because of the countless violence committed by our students and staff. I have always been told that if I don't anything nice to say then don't say it, but in this situation it is required for me to bring this up. We have received threats of violence for outside the school, while inside the school teachers are write google sheets explaining problems about each individual student. This school doesn't inspire me to try and reach my dreams, I constantly never feel supported here. I definitely do hope for the best for every student, but currently I'm not convinced the staff or the student body themselves feel the same.
As an alum, I can say that ICE is a very unique high school experience. Overall I had a wonderful time at ICE, as crazy as it could be at times, because I was able to take charge in my education and be as creative as I wanted to be.
SO happy I was able to attend ICE. The small school dynamic makes students feel like family. The teachers many times treated us like their sons and daughters and I could see the extra effort they would put in to help their students. ICE obviously does things really differently than other schools, and while I admit its not for everyone, if you are a student there you will learn a lot and be more than prepared for college.
Average facilities. Good resources if you put in the time and effort to find them. To do well you need to be pretty self motivated. It keeps getting more privileged and further from its roots. Good middle school environment, I wish I left for high school
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awful. cockroach infested. everyone is mean and all they care about is drugs and drama. I do not recommend you go here. there is no discipline system. no one gets in trouble and the teachers bully students. they only accept siblings, it used to be good students but now its just potheads and dumb kids.
ICE is a school that provides public school students with an excellent humanities and neuroscience experiences one wouldn't receive at other NYC high schools. It gave me the opportunity to develop and carry out my own neuroscience study and has prepared me in more ways than I can count on how to write. However, it's math department is not focused on as much as others and due to poor funding, there aren't many opportunities to take a wide range of classes. You have a select group of classes you get to take each year and his was frustrating for me. I was bored and wanted to leave by the middle of my junior year because I wanted to take classes that I was interested in.
The best thing about ICE is the fact that you can do your own thing and nobody cares, howeer this works academically. It's the kind of school where you sometimes trash it however you still love it.
Institute for Collaborative Education is a very small middle school and high school. Although when first arriving to the school I thought it would be difficult to make friends, but every student and teacher was very welcoming. The teachers are always pushing students to improve in classes and students have so many opportunities to make clubs. Overall, ICE is a great school and I highly recommend it.
As a city-wide school, it lacks diversity. The student body is 55% white and doesn't reflect the character of NYC.
The slogan is to create a love for learning which instead is constantly squashed.
There is alot of trust in the school so there is rarely life threatening event but the nurse could be better. The security is good and not overbearing