School of the Future

An Insideschools pick
An Insideschools pick for Special Education
127 EAST 22 STREET
MANHATTAN NY 10010 Map
Phone: (212) 475-8086
Website: Click here
Admissions: District 2
Principal: STACY GOLDSTEIN
Neighborhood: Gramercy Park
District:2
Grade range: 6-12
Parent Coordinator: JIM CHIN
Humanities & Interdisciplinary
Wheelchair Accessible

Buses: M1, M101, M14AD, M15, M2, M23, M34A-SBS, M5, M9

What's special:

A warm and nurturing school where kids get lots of individual attention.

The downside:

Awkward building layout.

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

The School of the Future is a warm and creative place that welcomes kids who don't fit the mold; students with special needs are accommodated in a way that's not stigmatizing. The administration has worked to make academics more challenging for top students and to tighten discipline while keeping the inclusive, nurturing atmosphere for which the school is loved.

Kids seem engaged, and there is a relaxed but respectful rapport between grownups and students. From 6th- 10th grade, students stay with the same group, moving from subject to subject together, so they come to know each other well. Teachers are passionate about their work, and teach unusual courses like “Normal is Weird,” “Labels and the Making of the American Teenager,” or “Yale for Beginners.”

The school attracts teachers with a “fiery, social justice bent” according to high school director John Fanning. We heard kids discussing the repercussions of Osama bin Laden’s death and funeral practices in America. A 10th grader said the range of academic abilities in her class is large and that each teacher’s skill in accommodating them varies. In math, students sit at tables with kids of like ability. The teacher has a list of equations that get progressively harder and  kids are plugged in along the continuum so each feels appropriately challenged. Faster learners may also opt to get honors credit by taking on extra assignments and delving deeper into a subject. No matter what level of ability, with class size from 23 to 26, students get an unusual amount of attention from grownups.

A mentor school for the Coalition of Essential Schools, the national network of progressive schools, the School of the Future requires students in the Senior Institute, as the 11th and 12th grades are called to complete “exhibitions,” which are 15- 20 page research papers they must defend orally.  Topics have included “Post-communist Cambodian politics,” “Mathematical strategies in pool,” and “A feminist analysis of Arthur Miller’s work.” Similarly, 8th-graders pick a topic they have covered, such as Greek Myths or the Big Bang theory, and present the information to 6th and 7th graders.

The school is arrayed on six floors of an aging building, and students and staff must negoti­ate crowded stairways (or a slowpoke elevator) to get to class. The kids' lockers are incon­veniently located in the basement, but the building has a nice gym and an adequate cafeteria. The roof has been trans­formed into a garden, with a greenhouse and picnic tables.

The school offers only one foreign language, Spanish, and no instrumental or choral music. It has an unusually strong after school program for middle school students every day until 6 p.m., as well as special activities during school vacations. Students participate in basketball, baseball, salsa, robotics, drama, movie making and martial arts. High school sports include girls’ volleyball, soccer and baseball. There is a debate team.

About 92 percent of graduates go on to 4-year colleges, the rest to two-year colleges. Recent graduates have been admitted to Bard, Skidmore, Wheaton and Middlebury.

Special education: About 25% of the students receive special education services. They are assigned to regular classes, and a special education teacher gives extra help both in and out of class. This teacher helps the regular classroom teacher modify lessons if, for example, the special needs students needs help with organization.

Admissions: Students from District 2 have preference. The school occa­sionally has room for students from outside the district. Most students enter in 6th grade and approximately 65-70% stay for high school. Middle schoolers join a “mock” class in small groups of 10-12 students for their interview. Emphasis for admission is placed on elementary school report cards and the interview.  About 25-30 new students are accepted for high school yearly. Applicants must submit a portfolio that includes a letter saying why they want to come, samples of their best schoolwork, and a teacher's recommendation. The school offers weekly tours in October and November. Email softours@yahoo.com to reserve a spot. (This school is featured in New York City's Best Public Middle Schools and New York City's Best Public High Schools. (Lydie Raschka, June 2011)

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 715

Average Daily Attendance 95%

Uniforms? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
16%

Black

  
12%

Hispanic

  
28%

White

  
36%

Free Lunch

  
39%

Special ed

  
15%

English Language Learners

  
1%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 3.23 2.80 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?

70% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

75% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE KIDS NICE?

How many students complain about bullying?

57% 71% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

72% 57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

85% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

94% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

98% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

26 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students are chronically absent?

11% 24% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 math exam

59% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ela exam

52% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 science exam

90% 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS Prep

How many 8th graders pass high school regents exams?

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

0% 21% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 14% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How do graduates do in 9th grade?

Percent who pass all their classes freshman year:

94% 85% 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 2014 math exam:

NA 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ELA exam:

NA 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 math exam:

19% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ELA exam:

19% 4% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 math exam:

NA 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ELA exam:

NA 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

Percent of ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ELA exam:

NA 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of former ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ELA exam:

30% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 715

Average Daily Attendance 95%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
16%

Black

  
12%

Hispanic

  
28%

White

  
36%

Free Lunch

  
39%

Special ed

  
15%

English Language Learners

  
1%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 3.30 2.80 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:

56% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Middle school students doing math at grade level:

65% 24% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Safety & vibe

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

31 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

70% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

94% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

88% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

85% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

11% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

85% 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

90% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

83% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

98% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

7% 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?

0%

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

17%

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

NA

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?

54% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

501
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

83%

SAT math scores

509
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?

84% 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?

85% 45% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

93% 53% 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?

87% 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

Programs and Admissions

School admission priorities:

  1. Priority to continuing 8th graders
  2. Then to District 2 students or residents
  3. Then to Manhattan students or residents
  4. Then to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

School of the Future

Screened

Selection Criteria

  • English (85-100) , Math (85-100) , Science (85-100) , Social Studies (85-100)
  • Math Levels: 3-4 ; English Language Arts Levels: 3-4

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

Academics

AP COURCES: N/A

Online: N/A

Language classes: Spanish

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: The Extended Day Program includes Arts, Technology, and Academic Enrichment, After-school Tutoring, Reading Intervention, Rooftop Garden, SAT Prep, Art, Band, Dance, Theater. Clubs: Debate Team, Chorus, Drama, Yearbook, Gay-Straight Alliance, Student Senate, Think-Tank, Ski & Snowboard, School Newspaper, Photography, Science

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball & JV Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball & JV Basketball, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball

Other schools sports: N/A

Source: High school directory

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