MS/HS 260 Clinton School for Writers and Artists

An Insideschools pick
An Insideschools pick for Special Education
10 East 15th Street
Manhattan NY 10003 Map
Phone: (212) 524-4360
Website: Click here
Admissions: District 2
Principal: Jonathan Levin
Neighborhood: Flatiron District
District: 2
Grade range: 6-10
Parent Coordinator: JILL BENNETT
Humanities & Interdisciplinary
New School

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What's special:

Close-knit community of dedicated students and staff

The downside:

High school is a work in progress

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Clinton School for Writers and Artists has a close-knit community, hard-working students and lots of creative arts electives. Originally opened as a small middle school, it expanded to include high school grades when it moved into a new building next to Union Square in 2015. “We try to build a place where kids love school and they love coming to school,” said Principal Jonathan Levin.

Middle-school students have four classes of performing arts, music or visual arts each week. Extra-curricular activities include a musical and after-school sewing classes. All classrooms that we saw were clean, quiet and orderly. Students raised their hands to contribute, and there was a high level of participation. On the day of our visit, a 6th-grade science class used a photograph to spark a discussion about the difference between an inference and an observation. The school uses the Connected Math curriculum, which emphasizes math’s real world application.

The high school plans to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) degree, a high school diploma recognized by universities around the world. The IB curriculum calls for seminar-style classes and long essays. The high school curriculum was still being developed at the time of our visit. No foreign language was offered in 9th grade, and 9th-graders who had completed algebra in 8th grade took computer science, rather than geometry. The planned science curriculum includes living environment, chemistry and computer science, but no physics.

During our visit, 9th grade students in U.S. history were brainstorming for a yearlong inquiry project investigating a particular group in American society, such as immigrants, business titans or farmers. High school students at Clinton have academic classes on Monday to Thursday and Friday is reserved for physical education, wellness and the arts.

All grades have "Triple E" classes, which stands for “electives, extended learning and enrichment.” Students take these smaller classes four times a week and explore creative writing, math challenges or art projects like pottery (fired in a new kiln). On the day of our visit a Triple E sculpture class made origami using hand-painted paper.

Levin, principal since 2011, says it is important for students to develop good character as well as good study skills. He wants them to be “good students and not jerks.” This includes his son, who attends the school.

Starting in 7th grade, students may get parents’ permission to go out for lunch. Levin says it’s not so bad for those who stay in because the cafeteria food is “legitimately fantastic.”

Clinton’s guidance counselor leads a group called “Banana Splits” in which students with separated parents may share experiences. Parent Coordinator Jill Bennett offers a lot of support to both current and prospective families. “We are here collectively to meet their needs …. I love helping parents demystify the process of admissions [and] enrollment,” she told us.

In the first year of the school’s high school expansion, about half of rising 8th-graders continued at Clinton. Some students went to specialized high schools, including La Guardia, and other popular schools, such as Beacon High School.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: Clinton has ICT team-teaching classes in every grade and also offers SETSS for the roughly 15-20 percent of students at the school with IEPs (individualized education programs).

ADMISSIONS: The middle school is open to students from District 2, who must submit a writing sample or artwork and conduct an interview and on-the-spot writing exercise. Admissions are screened for attendance, state test scores and reports.

Priority for the high school is given first to continuing 8th-graders and then to Manhattan students and residents. Principal Levin expects about 50 percent of students will stay through middle and high school, with the rest of the seats opening up to students from across the city. (Ella Colley, October 2015)

Middle InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Number of Students 376

Average Daily Attendance 97%

Uniforms? NA

Students at this school

Asian

  
14%

Black

  
6%

Hispanic

  
10%

White

  
65%

Free Lunch

  
100%

Special ed

  
17%

English Language Learners

  
1%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: NA 2.59 CITYWIDE AVERAGE


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

Safety & vibe

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students say this school offers enough programs to keep them interested?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE KIDS NICE?

How many students complain about bullying?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students say students at their school respect one another?

86% 49% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

87% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

87% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

NA 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students are chronically absent?

5% 23% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam

70% 29% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ela exam

76% hi 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the state science exam

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS Prep

How many 8th graders pass high school regents exams?

Percent of 8th graders who take and pass the algebra regents:

29% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 8th graders who take and pass a science regents:

0% 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How do graduates do in 9th grade?

Percent who pass all their classes freshman year:

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:

0% 3% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

10% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:

37% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

33% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:

80% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

70% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

Percent of ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

NA 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of former ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

NA 18% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Number of Students 376

Average Daily Attendance 97%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
14%

Black

  
6%

Hispanic

  
10%

White

  
65%

Free Lunch

  
100%

Special ed

  
17%

English Language Learners

  
1%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: NA 2.39 CITYWIDE AVERAGE


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

Middle school students reading at grade level:

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Middle school students doing math at grade level:

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Safety & vibe

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

87% 74% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

87% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

96% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

5% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2015

How many students graduated within 4 years?

NA 69% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

NA 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

NA 9% 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?

NA

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

NA

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

NA

Are students ready for college?

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

NA 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

NA
424 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 495 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

NA
432 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 511 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

Is the guidance counseling helpful?

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

NA 48% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

NA 57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners graduated within 4 years?

48% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners graduated within 6 years?

56% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

M.S. 260 Clinton School Writers & Artists

Screened

Selection Criteria

  • English (Scores 87-100) , Math (Scores 83-100) , Science (Scores 88-100) , Social Studies (Scores 90-100)
  • Math Levels: Levels 2.8-4.5 ; English Language Arts Levels: Levels 2.8-4.5

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

Academics

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: CUNY College Now, Technology, Model UN, Student Government, School Leadership Team, Music, School Musical, National Honor Society, The Clinton Post (School Newspaper), Clinton Soup (Literary Magazine), GLSEN, Glee

Other schools sports: Cross Country, Track and Field, Soccer, Flag Football, Basketball

Source: High school directory 2015-2016

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