Ridgewood Schools Alumni Principal Jean McTavish Prepares ‘Hard to Reach’ Kids for College
April 23, 2012 8:22am | By Leslie Albrecht, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer
UPPER WEST SIDE — Principal Jean McTavish sometimes describes the students at Edward A. Reynolds West High School as “hard to reach and hard to teach.”
The 550-student school on West 102nd Street between Amsterdam and Columbus avenues, is an alternative transfer high school that serves students aged 17 to 21-years-old who’ve had trouble finishing high school for various reasons.
Some have been in jail, some have been pregnant, some are HIV positive, some have lost parents to crime or violence.
“We have every kind of possible issue that you can imagine here,” McTavish said. “Just about any problem that you can think of that’s associated with poverty.”