Manhattan / Hunter Science High School

An Insideschools pick
122 AMSTERDAM AVENUE
MANHATTAN NY 10023 Map
Phone: (212) 501-1235
Website: Click here
Admissions: citywide
Principal: Kevin Froner
Neighborhood: Upper West Side
District: 3
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: Marilyn Arias
Science & Math
Wheelchair Accessible
Citywide

Buses: M10, M104, M11, M20, M31, M5, M57, M66, M7, M72

What's special:

Strong academics with a new approach to college prep.

The downside:

Drab building with metal detectors.

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Manhattan/Hunter has strong leadership, interesting classes and an innovative approach to preparing students for college. Students are prepared not only for college-level academics, but also for the freedom and responsibility of college life.

Students spend their first three years in classes on the top floor the Martin Luther King (MLK) educational complex. Seniors spend their entire fourth year of high school on the Hunter College campus on the Upper East Side, taking a mix of high school and college-level courses. When the students graduate from high school, they may attend Hunter College full-time--for free.

While lots of New York City high schools offer students the chance to take college courses, what makes Manhattan/Hunter different is the level of support the students receive. Their high school English and social studies teachers travel with them to the college and offer regular classes there. While the students take college courses in math and science, the high school English and social studies teachers offer hand-holding and advice for all the subjects. The hope is that this mix of high school and college courses will serve as a transition year —and increase the chances that students are successful once they begin college full-time.

The physical surroundings aren’t great. The Martin Luther King building has metal detectors at the entrance. The cafeteria is gloomy, and the classrooms have no windows. But Manhattan/Hunter kids often eat their lunch in a sunny corridor on their floor of the building which they call “the penthouse.” Class size is about 25, considerably smaller than typical New York City high schools. The classes we saw were engaging, with plenty of class discussion and challenging academics. Students wear white-collared shirts and black trousers or skirts. While other schools in the building have problems with discipline, students at Manhattan/Hunter say they feel safe.

The school offers studio art, but there is little in the way of dance or music. Only three years of Spanish are offered. The schools in the building share facilities such as the gym and field building-wide sports teams. (The boys soccer team, often a citywide champion, is particularly strong.)

Special education: There are very limited special education services, although the school has a few students with learning disabilities and physical disabilities. The day of our visit, a blind student took notes on a braille-computer as a fellow student described a chemistry experiment.

 

College Admissions:The school has a good record of college admissions to schools such as Dickinson, Brandeis, Trinity, and Middlebury. A number of students have won POSSE scholarships. Many choose Hunter College because they have accumulated credits there and may attend for free.

Admissions: There are regular tours in the fall. Students must have standardized test scores of Level 2, 3 and 4 and grades of 80 in their core academic subjects. Students are asked to submit a writing sample. The school has far more applicants than seats. (Clara Hemphill, January 2012)

 

InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

Martin Luther King, Jr. Educational Campus

Number of Students 460

Average Daily Attendance 97%

Uniforms? Yes

Metal detectors? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
22%

Black

  
19%

Hispanic

  
41%

White

  
13%

Free Lunch

  
66%

Special ed

  
6%

English Language Learners

  
0%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 3.17 2.40 CITYWIDE AVERAGE


1 = Far below grade level 2 = Below grade level 3 = At grade level 4 = Above grade level

Safety & vibe

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

26 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

64% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

100% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

How many students say they feel safe in hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?

92% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?

100% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

7% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2014

How many students graduated within 4 years?

98% 73% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

100% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many students graduated within 4 years?

91% 65% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates earned an advanced regents diploma within 4 years?

25% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

95% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

0% 10% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

College prep

Does this school offer a college preparatory curriculum?

How many students took an AP or IB class and scored at least a "3" on the AP exam or a "4" on the IB exam?

0%

How Many Students took a College Course and Got a "C" or Higher?

83%

How many students passed a Regents exam for algebra 2, physics or chemistry?

90%

Are students ready for college?

How many students graduated in four years with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?

87% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

514
418 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 497 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated in four years and enrolled in college?

93% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

545
426 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 513 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

Is the guidance counseling helpful?

How many students say that this school provides helpful counseling on college or job-seeking?

77% 76% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

71% 47% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

100% 54% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students with disabilities spend most of the day with non-disabled peers?

100% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say students with disabilities are included in all activities?

100% 89% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners graduated within 4 years?

37% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners graduated within 6 years?

56% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

School admission priorities:

  1. Open to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

Manhattan/Hunter Science High School

Screened

Early College program that accelerates students to complete at least 30 college credits upon graduation.

Selection Criteria

  • English (80-100) , Math (80-100) , Science (80-100) , Social Studies (80-100)
  • Math Levels: Levels 2-4 ; English Language Arts Levels: Levels 2-4

There may be additional selection criteria, see the High School Directory for more information

Academics

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Robotics, Anatomy, Theater, National Honor Society, Newspaper, Hunter College Nursing Program, Peer Tutoring, Physics, School Chorus, Hunter College Scientific Research Program, Student Government, Yearbook, Culinary Club, Dance, Mural Club, Multicultural Club, Guitar Club, Yoga, Chess Club, Environmental and various Science Clubs.

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball & JV Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Volleyball, Wrestling

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball & JV Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball, Wrestling

Source: High school directory

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