Millennium High School

An Insideschools pick
An Insideschools pick for Special Education
75 BROAD STREET
MANHATTAN NY 10004 Map
Phone: (212) 825-9008
Website: Click here
Admissions: Priority to downtown Manhattan
Principal: Colin Mcevoy
Neighborhood: Financial District
District: 2
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: Angela Benfield
Humanities & Interdisciplinary
Wheelchair Accessible
Screened

Buses: M15, M15-SBS, M20, M5, M9, S1115

What's special:

Pleasant atmosphere and strong academics

The downside:

No gymnasium or drama, music only offered after school

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

A pleasant building, an experienced and talented staff and a well-rounded, gimmick-free curriculum have made Millennium one of the most popular schools in the city. Housed on several floors of a 1929 office building near Wall Street, Millennium boasts river views from its cafeteria, a cheery library and comfortable lounge areas.

Colin McEvoy, a history teacher at the school for nine years and an assistant principal for two, became principal in 2012. Staffers told us that McEvoy has a solid vision for the school, “getting kids to be true intellectuals.” The longstanding “exhibition” project (required for graduation) in which seniors work closely with a teacher on a research paper and presentation, has found new life under McEvoy. Topics run the gamut from “The Value of Infinity” to “Depictions of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in Film.”

Academics are rigorous at Millennium, but the atmosphere is relaxed. Teens we spoke to said the workload is heavy but manageable. “We don’t just pile on the work for the sake of piling it on,” said McEvoy. “We are thoughtful about what we ask our students to do.” Throughout our visit, students seemed happy as they chatted with friends in the cafeteria during their free periods, or met informally with teachers. Class changes are smooth and hallways are not congested.

Everyone takes four years of English, history, math, and science; and all incoming freshmen take a math assessment in June, regardless of test scores. Ninth-graders are placed in either algebra or geometry, moving on to algebra 2/trigonometry, pre-calculus and calculus. Students who don’t feel ready to tackle calculus by senior year can opt instead for a course in applied math, covering topics such as budgeting, stocks and mathematical reasoning.

There are more science offerings than is typical at a small school. All students take a two-year bio-chemistry sequence, plus physics; after that, students can opt for advanced (but not AP) courses in physics and chemistry if they choose. Advanced Placement courses are offered in English language and literature, calculus, U.S. history, world history and studio art.

Most Millennium classes are seminar-style, with plenty of discussion. Students read literature classics such as The Odyssey, Frankenstein and Hamlet; peppered with modern and contemporary works such as Lolita and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. McEvoy says not much has changed with the implementation of Common Core Learning Standards, and teachers continue to incorporate nonfiction through historical articles and literary criticism. Millennium assigns more writing than many New York City high schools and learning to write well is a focus of the instruction. In an AP English language and literature class, a student impressed us with an insightful presentation on both sides of the global debate on reproductive rights. “Why are women’s rights being used as a political tool instead of being respected?” she asked, while her mostly female classmates nodded and took furious notes. (Sixty percent of Millennium students are girls.)

For foreign language, students can choose between Mandarin Chinese or Spanish. During our visit, a class in Mandarin was filled to the brim and conducted entirely in Chinese; while in a small third-year Spanish class, students struggled to express their thoughts in the language.

Budget cuts have taken their toll: Class size has grown and is close to the contractual limit of 34, especially in the upper grades. There is no gym, so students take indoor physical education either in the fitness center or the multi-purpose room on the ground floor that also doubles as an auditorium. In good weather, they may go out to nearby fields such as elevated acre in the financial district. Partnerships with Millennium Brooklyn, the YMCA of Chinatown and several local schools gives sports teams extra space to practice. PSAL sports include basketball, soccer, baseball, softball, fencing, swimming, volleyball, table tennis and cross country, shared with Millennium Brooklyn.

Millennium offers no music or drama classes but studio art is strong. In addition to the AP Studio Art class, juniors and seniors can take graphic design, photography (in a real dark room) and multi-media design. There are also two dance clubs and several student bands that perform two rock shows each year. On occasion, McEvoy joins in on the guitar.

COLLEGE: There are two full-time college counselors who meet with all families and offer workshops as early as 10th grade. Some 40 percent of graduates attend private colleges, 50 percent are split between CUNY and SUNY schools, and less than 10 percent attend community colleges. Top students have been admitted to Stanford, Barnard, Columbia, Yale, Smith and Bryn Mar.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: Millennium is one of the few high schools in the city to offer a challenging college-prep curriculum to children with special needs. About 15 percent of the students receive special education services; all are assigned to ICT (integrated-co-teaching) classes with two teachers with the plan they will be in mainstream classes by senior year. Four special education teachers, each specializing in a content area, work in the ICT classes and tutor students before and after school several days a week. The school also has two guidance counselors, a speech therapist and a visiting art therapist. Children from a District 75 program in the building are integrated into regular classes, and considered to be part of the school, administrators said. A “buddy system” pairs these students with general education peers from Millennium for academic and social support.

ADMISSIONS: Priority is given to students who live and/or attend school below Houston Street in Manhattan and then to Manhattan residents. Many students come from the Upper West Side, although there have been almost no seats left for students from other boroughs in recent years. Applicants must have at least a 90 average and fewer than 10 latenesses and absences. An essay is optional. Tours are offered in the fall, but they fill up quickly so book early. More than 5,000 students apply for 150 seats. (Clara Hemphill, October 2011; Aimee Sabo, May 2015)

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 659

Average Daily Attendance 97%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
38%

Black

  
7%

Hispanic

  
18%

White

  
33%

Free Lunch

  
43%

Special ed

  
9%

English Language Learners

  
0%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 3.26 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

30 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

57% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

75% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

97% 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?

6% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2014

How many students graduated within 4 years?

99% 73% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

100% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many students graduated within 4 years?

99% 65% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

58% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

100% 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?

47%

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

18%

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

81%

Are students ready for college?

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

95% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

563
418 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 497 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

90% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

581
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?

81% 76% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

100% 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?

98% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

98% 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. Priority to students who live or attend school south of East Houston or West Houston Street
  2. Then to Manhattan students or residents
  3. Then to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

Millennium High School

Screened

Comprehensive interdisciplinary liberal arts program with many opportunities for honors and Advanced Placement courses. Thesis papers required in grades 10, 11 and 12 for graduation.

Selection Criteria

  • English (90-100) , Math (90-100) , Science (90-100) , Social Studies (90-100)
  • Math Levels: Levels 3-4 ; English Language Arts Levels: Levels 3-4

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

Academics

AP COURSES: Calculus AB, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, United States History

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: American Sign Language, Animal Protection, Art Therapy, Best Buddies, Chess, Cooking, Dance Team, Drama, Greek Culture, Green Team (environmental awareness and action), Fitness, Foreign Exchange Program (two or more yearly trips), Gay-Straight Alliance, Knitting, Latin, Literary Magazine, Model UN, Newspaper, Photography, School of Rock (after-school music program), Senior Officers, Shakespeare Monologue Competition, Student Government & Ethics (SGE), Trinity Choristers, Yoga

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball, Soccer

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Swimming

Other schools sports: Running/Track, Soccer, Table Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball

Source: High school directory

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