School Administration

Heather Deflorio:  Principal

TBD:  Assistant Principal of Humanities and Arts, Athletic Director

Michael Lipkowitz: Assistant Principal of STEM, Programmer

Jenn Rodriguez: Assistant Principal of Guidance, Pupil Personnel Services, Organization

Danielle Cooley: Assistant Principal of Special Education, World Languages, ENL, Treasurer

Torey Williams: Assistant Principal of Safety and Security, Testing, Facilities, Physical Education & Health



Attendance is crucial to academic success. Therefore, all students are expected to maintain an attendance rate of 100%. At the High School for Environmental Studies, all parents will receive notification of an absence via phone message, in addition to follow-up phone calls by teachers and guidance counselors. Students with attendance rates below 90% will receive attendance interventions including conferences with guidance counselors, teachers and school administration. Additional actions taken will include parent meetings with the attendance teacher, assistant principals, and the principal. 



Regular attendance at school is a prerequisite for academic success. Accordingly, all students at the High School for Environmental Studies are expected to be present in their classes every school day unless legally absent for the following valid reasons in accordance with New York State Education Law: death in the immediate family, illness of the student, quarantine, court summons, work or school activity approved by school, observance of a religious holiday, state emergency, suspension.  Students who will be absent from school should have their parent/guardian notify the school on the morning of their absence by calling the attendance office at 212-262-8113 ext. 2244. In addition, such students are to provide a suitable note explaining their absence upon their return to school. Such notes must include the signature of the parent/guardian and a telephone number at which they may be reached. Students and parents/guardians are reminded that class participation grades are adversely affected by a student’s absence. As such, please refrain from scheduling doctor appointments during school hours. Participation grades weigh heavily in the determination of final grades. Students who are excessively absent from school and/or who cut classes may face the loss of their right to participate in athletics and extracurricular functions. 


Entrance and Dismissal 

Second period begins at 8:20 AM. Students are expected to be in their class at that time. They should plan to be early to use their lockers and finish their breakfasts. Students are allowed to enter the building at 7:30 AM. Students must swipe their I.D. upon entering and leaving the building. HSES is a closed campus school; students are not permitted to leave the building and return. Students are expected to remain in the building for the duration of their school day. 


Lateness and Cutting 

Students arriving late after the start of their first class must go directly to class. Students arriving late may not go to their locker before class. Students who miss their first class will be marked cutting. When a student misses a class because he/she is late to school, not only is the student late but the absence from the class is considered a “cut”. Parents of students who are chronically late or absent will be notified by phone. 


Leaving Early

The HSES school day is from 8:20-2:40. If for some reason (illness, appointment, etc.) a student needs to leave before the end of the day, the student must be picked up by a parent/guardian or other adult listed on the student’s Blue Card. Please call ahead so that we know you are coming up to the school. We will not release students to any person not listed there. If you are unable to pick up your child, you must provide written consent that you are giving your child permission to leave by him/herself, and that you will not hold the school responsible. In the event that the school nurse determines that your child is unable to leave by him/herself, EMS will be called if no one can pick up the child. 



The use of cell phones, computing devices and portable music and entertainment systems at school is subject to the conditions below. 

  • Phones are not to be seen or heard unless specific permission is granted by the teacher.  Students who repeatedly refuse to comply with this policy will have their phones confiscated for the day by a Dean. 

  • Cell phones and portable music and entertainment systems may not be turned on or used during the administration of any school quiz, test, or examination. 

  • Computing devices may not be turned on or used during the administration of any school quiz, test or examination, except where such use has been explicitly authorized by the school or is contained in an Individualized Education Program or Section 504 Accommodation Plan. 

  • Cell phones, computing devices, and portable music and entertainment systems may not be turned on or used during school fire drills or other emergency preparedness exercises. 

  • Cell phones, computing devices, and portable music and entertainment systems may not be used in locker rooms or bathrooms. 

  • Students who use cell phones, computing devices, and/or portable music and entertainment systems in violation of any provision of the DOE’s Discipline Code, the school’s policy, Chancellor’s regulation A-413, and/or the DOE’s Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Policy (“IAUSP”) will be subject to discipline in accordance with the guidance interventions and disciplinary responses set forth in the Discipline Code. 

  • Cell phones are not to be charged on school premises. 

During the school day: 

  • Cell phones may not be turned on or used during instructional time, except for instructional and educational purposes with the explicit approval of the teacher. 

  • Cell phones may be used during the following non-instructional times of the school day: 

  • LUNCH in the following designated areas: CAFETERIA AND STUDENT CENTER ONLY. 

During after-school, school-sponsored programs or activities: 

  • Cell phones may not be used during after-school or school-sponsored programs or activities without the explicit approval of the supervising staff member. 


Failure to follow the school policy on use of electronic devices may result in disciplinary action. Such measures may include, but are not limited to: 

  • warnings 

  • confiscation of item and return at end of school day 

  • confiscation of item and return following parent conference and student entering into behavioral contract 

  • revocation of privilege to bring item to school. 

Personal Responsibility Please note that High School for Environmental Studies is not responsible for lost or damaged electronic devices. 




  • Be in a safe and supportive learning environment, free from discrimination, harassment and bigotry; 

  • Know what is appropriate behavior and what behaviors may result in disciplinary actions; 

  • Be counseled by members of the professional staff in matters related to my behavior as it affects my education and welfare within the school; 

  • Due process of law in instances of disciplinary action for alleged violations of school regulations for which I may be suspended or removed from class. 



  • Come to school on time; 

  • Appear for each of my classes at the start time, ready to begin work; 

  • Be prepared with appropriate materials and all assignments; 

  • Carry my ID card at all times as it is needed to enter the building, bathrooms, cafeteria, and library;

  • Show respect to all members of the learning community; 

  • Not use the elevator unless I have an approved elevator pass. Elevator passes must be visible while riding the elevator. Elevator passes are issued by Ms. T. Shipman in room 3025. Students must bring a medical note to Ms. Shipman to obtain an elevator pass; 

  • Resolve conflicts peacefully, and avoid fighting inside or outside of the school or at program sites; 

  • Behave respectfully, without arguing, and cooperate when a staff member gives direction or makes a request. I understand that I will be given an opportunity to voice my concerns at an appropriate time if I do not agree with the request; 

  • Remain in the cafeteria for the entirety of my lunch period. 

  • I may use the library during my lunch period, space permitting. 

  • Determine my own dress within the parameters of the Department of Education policy on school uniforms and consistent with religious expression, except where such dress is dangerous or interferes with the learning and teaching process;

  • Take responsibility for my personal belongings and respect other people’s property; 

  • Refrain from wearing clothing, headgear (e.g., caps or hats), or other items that are unsafe or disruptive to the educational process; 

  • Refrain from wearing clothes which have any signs of gang affiliation (e.g. scarves, bandanas) and refrain from using gang signs, calls, chants, movements, handshakes; 

  • NOT bring weapons, illegal drugs, controlled substances and alcohol to school; 

  • Share information with school officials that might affect the health, safety or welfare of the school community; 

  • Keep my parents/guardians informed about school-related matters and make sure I give them any information sent home; 

  • Follow all rules in the NYCDOE Student Intervention and Discipline Code and Bill of Student Rights and Responsibilities, academic contract, and locker contract. 

  • Behave responsibly as described in the Bill of Student Rights and Responsibilities. 


The High School for Environmental Studies is committed to the social, academic, and ethical development of all students.  The purpose of this Honor Code is to communicate the meaning and importance of academic integrity to all members of the school community and to articulate and support the interest of the community in maintaining the highest standards of conduct in student learning. The High School for Environmental Studies promotes mutual trust and intellectual honesty that is vital to the very nature of learning, and represents the highest possible expression of shared values among the members of our school community. 


The core values underlying and reflected in the Honor Code are: 

  • Academic honesty is demonstrated by students when the ideas and the writing of others are properly cited; students submit their own work for tests and assignments without unauthorized assistance; students do not provide unauthorized assistance to others; and students report their research or accomplishments accurately

  • Respect for others and the learning process to demonstrate academic honesty

  • Trust in others to act with academic honesty as a positive community-building force in the school

  • Responsibility is recognized by all to demonstrate their best effort to prepare and complete academic tasks

  • Fairness and equity are demonstrated so that every student can experience an academic environment that is free from the injustices caused by any form of intellectual dishonesty

  • Integrity of all members of the school community as demonstrated by a commitment to academic honesty and support of our quest for authentic learning. 


A student is in violation of the New York City Department of Education Citywide Standards of Intervention and Discipline Measures when they:



  • Copies or attempts to copy from another student’s exam 

  • Uses unauthorized material during assessments

  • Collaborates with another student during assessments without authorization

  • Knowingly uses, buys, sells, steals, or transports the contents of an assessment

  • Secures or provides copies of the assessment or its answers

  • Uses an electronic device during an assessment