About This School
In 2011, Dual Language and Asian Studies High School had 12 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The New York average is 13 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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Dual Language and Asian Studies High School Reviews
This school though having been called one of the greatest schools in NYC is lacking in one of key aspects that makes High School an experience, that being a variety of activities and people. I will admit that the coursework for this school is challenging, at times and that the teachers are somewhat strict but the overall goal of this school is not to so much as become a school but rather a center for Chinese language exposure. Being a student at this school who was not too overly keen on learning Chinese made school life that much more challenging. Students were split into almost two groups, native Chinese speakers would populate and converge together while the non-native Chinese speakers which ironically were usually second-generation Chinese children, that had spent many years prior to this school together would converge together, creating a cultural schism. The two groups would almost never meet. Along with a void in school unity would be this overbearing sense of favoritism that would have teachers, most being Chinese choose Chinese students over students of other races and will forever remain just that a sense. Riddling with an eerie sense of favoritism, comes an obvious lack of care for any classes that don't involve numbers, chemical equations, or Chinese characters, so much so that sleeping in your economics course could result in a pass grade, if you had found the right homework to copy. Which brings up the weird, almost drug dealer like homework copying epidemic that has paralyzed and reduced most of the humanitarian courses into simply an exercise in how to effectively find a good substitute for certain key words.
Overall, this school is meant to just churn out students that are proficient in Chinese, nothing more not less. With a lack of anything that resemblances a high school, this school feels almost like a stroll through Chinatown but just with tests.
This is truly a great place to learn Mandarin. My son did not know any Mandarin when he first started here, but he has steadily improved and now he is able to speak/listen at a competent level (but not yet fluent) after 4 years. He plans to continue studying Mandarin in college and plans to study abroad in China.
Best dual language program in the city for Mandarin. When my son graduated from Shuang Wen (pre-K to 8th), this school was the natural choice to continue his Mandarin. It was a good decision for him to come to this school.
I'm a prospective student and I love what I saw at Dual Language and Asian Studies High School. Principal Yan and Asst. Principal Uzzan made me feel very comfortable and even allowed me and 2 of my friends to have a tail day (coming up in a week). A few things that I like: small classes, warm atmosphere, great kids. I also like the fact that this small school's math team beat out Stuyvesant!
I was impressed with high school for Dual Language and Asian Studies. When I went on the tour, it was the principal who greeted me and showed me the classes. I found the kids focused and engaged in their studies. The science labs had the all the equipment and was well kept; over 50% of their staff has PhDs; impressive artworks imitating Asian arts were on the walls; their math department is well-equipped to bring the students to the highest levels. Their students test scores in Regents have scores that are comparable to NYC's best specialized schools and surpass many selective schools. For having such a large newly immigrant population, they have an extremely high graduation rate of 90%.
The negative points of this school is not many: English Regent scores could be higher. More AP could be offered in English, Literature, and History rather than the concentrated APs in Math and Sciences. The school is small and have a very intimate feel, but it could use a larger space.
I am a high school graduate from HSDLAS. I am not pleased with the promises they made. There should have been more than 2 AP courses and electives since 2003.. The computer room meant to be used by students is gathering dust since the last time I went back in December 2008 to check on their progress. I am highly disappointed with their judgment of not allowing the PTA to carry out plans they want the school to have for their children/students. This is like the case that is ongoing in court involving a elementary school principal versus the PTA. If it wasn't for parents of the students then there wouldn't be schools. I advise you to listen to the parents. The time to start school should not be sorted differently for English/Chinese speaking students. Instead all is to be on 8am or 8:30am as an example. When I was there, the Chinese speaking students were allowed to go in later than 7:45am and that was unfair and discriminating. I often passed through the school and still see this happening. Even if you have good reviews, but from a perspective of an alumni; there is still alot of tasks need to be carried out before to be one of the top schools in NYC in comparison to Stuyvesant. Even if you ask the students of their thoughts, they surely will not tell you the truth. I know we were to tell the people visiting the high school to tell all the productive results of the school rather than the negatives. Take it from me, speaking from my experience and knowledge.