Thanks to the DOE’s Renewal Schools Program, New York City’s lowest-performing schools are hard at work transforming themselves into outstanding learning institutions that feature rigorous instruction, strong parental and community involvement, and collaborative educators who support and challenge all of their students.

successPanAmPan American International High School in Queens serves as a shining example of what is possible through Renewal process.

Before becoming a Renewal School in 2014, Pan American consistently struggled to adjust to students’ needs; almost all ninth graders who enroll at Pan American come from other countries and do not speak English. This, among other factors, contributed to Pan American’s low graduation rates, poor test results, persistent safety concerns, and high absenteeism.

Pan American (PR Alone)

Principal George Badia

Then, in 2015, George Badia took over as principal of Pan American, and the school has produced results ever since. Common Core English and Algebra Regents exams scores went up. Suspensions went down, and the graduation rate increased. Student/teacher relationships improved, and students now have more places to turn to for academic, social, and emotional supports.

This is what Renewal looks like:

And the best part about all of this?

Pan American International H.S. is just getting started.

For more information about Pan American’s progress, check out our “Stories of Success” profile on the DOE website.

Posted by The Morning Bell

We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.


  1. […] to the program, Renewal Schools like P.S. 154 in the Bronx and Pan American International H.S. in Queens have seen a whole host of improvements, including increases in college readiness, […]

  2. […] Since 2014, the Department of Education’s Renewal School Program has been hard at work transforming New York City’s lowest-performing schools into quality educational options that prepare students for college and careers and encourage collaboration between teachers, parents, and community partners. […]