A Different World : Student Teaching - West Side High School, New York City
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For my student teaching internship, I taught at West Side High School in New York City. West Side is an alternative transfer high school; students are admitted who have not succeeded in more traditional high schools, as well as young men and women coming from group homes, drug rehabilitation centers, and correctional institutions. The school was created in 1971 by a group of West Side community activists, politicians, and parents of high school-age students and opened its doors for the first time in September of 1972. It has occupied four sites in 27 years. The first site was the Livingston School, a special education site, at 82nd Street and West End Avenue. In December of 1972, they were moved to a rented space at 257 West 93rd Street and had to share the five story building (West Side had the 2nd , 4th, and 5th stories) with an Auxiliary Service Program. The only bathrooms were on the 2nd and 4th floors. They stayed there until July of 1981, when they moved to the old P.S. 179 building at 140 West 102nd Street. They shared the building with Project Outreach and Adult Basic Education. In February of 1989, a plan to renovate the building was abandoned and the decision was made to build a new West Side High School after P.S. 179 was abandoned.