New York City Museum School

333 WEST 17 STREET
MANHATTAN NY 10011 Map
Phone: (212) 675-6206
Website: Click here
Admissions: District 2 priority
Principal: DARLENE MILLER
Neighborhood: Chelsea/ Greenwich Village
District:2
Grade range: 9-12
Humanities & Interdisciplinary
Wheelchair Accessible

Buses: M11, M14AD, M20, M23, M5, M7

What's special:

Chance to study at city's greatest museums.

The downside:

Some friction between between staff and administration

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

The New York City Museum School is an orderly high school where students visit museums, parks and other cultural venues to enhance their studies. Museum-based study units, called Modules, center on projects and culminate in student presentations. "What I really, really adore about this school is Module," said 10th grader Sharon. It is "so much fun to teach," echoed Spanish teacher Amanda Fletcher.

The school has a traditional feel but there is a variety of teaching styles. On our visit, the Japanese teacher passed around bills and coins, fielding questions about the cost of French fries and electricity in Japan. A 9th grade English teacher posed a question about relationships based on the novel A Raisin in the Sun, then directed students to "Come up with two points with a partner." Other teens sat quietly in rows, heads bent, taking notes on lined paper in binders with colored tabs. Tenth grade Earth Science students broke into groups to depict the earth's layers in clay.

During Wednesday Modules, students study their topic in the morning and go out in the afternoon, usually by subway, to South Street Seaport Museum, Japan Society, or the Brooklyn Museum, among other venues. In Geometric Structures in Our World, 10th graders visit churches and the Brooklyn Bridge and design and build a model bridge of their own. In 9th grade, students visit a health club and take a 3-mile exercise walk in Central Park in the Health Module. They meet with professionals at a health clinic and go to Whole Foods. Tenth grade Geology students sketch and write in field journals in Inwood, Central, and Prospect Parks.

Principal Darlene Miller is a stickler for order and details--such as telling students what kind of 3-ring binders are best. Some teachers complain that she can be tactless and overbearing; only 18 percent of teachers responding to the Learning Environment Survey agreed that school leaders invite them to play a meaningful role in making decisions. Miller said she's had to make some "unpopular decisions" for the benefit of student learning. However, the tension doesn't seem to affect staff dedication: in 2011 they voted to participate in extra weekly professional development. And the school has received an "A" on five progress reports in a row.

Museum shares the cafeteria, gym and auditorium with NYC Lab School for Collaborative Studies and NYC Lab Middle School. Museum and Lab field joint sports teams in basketball, baseball, golf, track, soccer and tennis.

Clubs include newspaper, yearbook, student government, drama and Harvard Model Congress. Some students started a music club and depending on the year there may be photography or other offerings. The school's top priority is on getting kids ready for college. "We expect that students are going to shoot for the Advanced Regent's diploma with honors," said Miller. Colby, Wheaton, Kenyon, and SUNY Purchase are among recent college acceptances.

Special education: The school offers classes with two teachers, one of whom is certified in special education, and a mix of students in both general and special education.

Admissions: Preference to District 2 students and to those who have at least an 80 average and who score Level 3 or Level 4 on standardized tests. Tours are held on Thursdays in October and November. In recent years, the school has admitted students from out-of-district. (Lydie Raschka, October 2011)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the building with NYC Lab Middle and Upper Schools

Number of Students 462

Average Daily Attendance 94%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
31%

Black

  
13%

Hispanic

  
41%

White

  
13%

Free Lunch

  
75%

Special ed

  
7%

English Language Learners

  
1%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 3.40 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

32 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

50% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

46% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

93% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

96% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

13% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

98% 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

100% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

100% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

52% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

96% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

0% 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?

17%

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

4%

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

55%

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?

62% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

480
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

94%

SAT math scores

494
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?

68% 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?

100% 45% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

88% 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?

72% 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 District 2 students or residents
  2. Then to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

NYC Museum School

Screened

Selection Criteria

  • English (80-100) , Math (80-100) , Science (80-100) , Social Studies (80-100)
  • 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 COURSES: Biology, English Literature and Composition, United States History

Online: N/A

Language classes: Japanese, Spanish

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Chess, Drama, Environmental, Find Your Voice acting and playwriting workshops, Glamour Gals, Hudson Sailing program, Music, Night of Excellence semi-annual presentations, Photography, Student Government and Activities Council, Yearbook design

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball, Golf, Indoor Track, Soccer

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Golf, Indoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball

Other schools sports: Dance Team

Source: High school directory

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