Manhattan Theatre Lab High School

122 AMSTERDAM AVENUE
MANHATTAN NY 10023 Map
Phone: (212) 362-2075
Website: Click here
Admissions: No new admits
Principal: Lisa Ostrom
Neighborhood: Upper West Side
District:3
Grade range: 9-12

What's special:

Classes in acting, dance, music and stage design.

The downside:

Weak academics.

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

The vision: The chance to enroll in a performing arts program without an audition.

 

The reality: While kids say the drama program is good, the academics never really got off the ground and the Department of Education decided in 2012 to phase out the school for poor performance. Students already enrolled are permitted to graduate but no new students were admitted after 2011.

 

Housed in the basement of the Martin Luther King, Jr. complex, Manhattan Theatre Lab was founded in 2004 in a collaboration with the Roundabout Theatre. When the founding principal, a member of the theatre, left the following year the collaboration ended. Evelyn Collins, who replaced the founding principal, tried to step up the academics but was ultimately unsuccessful. Most of the students at the school entered 9th grade with very poor academic skills and it was a huge challenge to graduate them on time.  Teachers say discipline is poor, and nearly 85 percent of teachers responding to the Learning Environment Survey said crime and violence are an issue.The school did not respond to our request to visit.(Clara Hemphill, interviews, January 2012)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

Martin Luther King, Jr. Educational Campus

Number of Students 129

Average Daily Attendance 76%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
2%

Black

  
43%

Hispanic

  
53%

White

  
2%

Free Lunch

  
79%

Special ed

  
25%

English Language Learners

  
13%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.70 2.80 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

18 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

58% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

63% 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?

71% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

65% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

52% 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

54% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

49% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen earned an advanced regents diploma within 4 years?

0% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

73% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

12% 11% 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?

4%

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

9%

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

4%

Are students ready for college?

How many 2009 freshmen graduated in four years with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?

7% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

425
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2009 freshmen graduated in four years and enrolled in college?

28%

SAT math scores

392
425 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 514 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

Is the guidance counseling helpful?

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

78% 76% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students starting school in 2008 graduated within 4 years?

18% 45% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students starting school in 2006 graduated within 6 years?

50% 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

38% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

75% 89% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners starting school in 2008 graduated within 4 years?

40% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners starting school in 2006 graduated within 6 years?

58% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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