Millennium High School

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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: Lower Manhattan
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 building and well-rounded curriculum

The downside:

No gym. Drama and music only offered after-school

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2012: Colin McEvoy, a history teacher at Millennium for nine years and an assistant principal for two, became principal in 2012 after Robert Rhodes resigned to take a post as principal at a high school in Chappequa, New York. In an interview with the Downtown Express, McEvoy said Millennium has a "longstanding commitment to academic rigor and creating opportunities for students, despite withering budget cuts." He said the need to find outdoor and indoor space where sports teams can practice is an ongoing challenge. The school is building relationships with neighboring schools and institutions where teams can play and practice. All sports teams are shared with Millennium Brooklyn.

2011 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 a1929 office building near Wall Street, the Millennium boasts river views from its cafeteria, a cheery library and comfortable lounge areas.

Class changes are smooth and hallways are not congested. Students seem happy in the relaxed atmosphere. They chat with friends in the cafeteria during their free periods, or meet informally with teachers. Most classes are seminar-style, with plenty of discussion. Students read literature classics such as the Odyssey, Frankenstein and Hamlet. There are more science offerings than is typical at a small school including advanced courses in biology, physics, chemistry, anatomy, geology and astronomy. All students take a two-year bio-chemistry sequence, plus physics. Advanced Placement courses are offered in English language and literature, calculus, U.S. history and studio art.

Everyone takes four years of English, history, math, and science and three years of a foreign language (Spanish or Mandarin). Principal Robert Rhodes, who founded the school in 2002, says some students complete their nightly homework in 1 1/2 hours while others may take 3 hours; Teens we spoke to said the workload is heavy. In addition to regular tests, students must complete “exhibitions” in which they write term papers and present their ideas to a committee.

Budget cuts have taken their toll: class size has grown and is close to the contractual limit of 34, especially in the upper grades. The school has eliminated the 9th grade introductory writing class which gave students extra practice in addition to their regular English literature class. Still, Millennium assigns more writing than many other New York City high schools, and learning to write well is a focus of the instruction.

There is no gym; students take physical education either in the fitness center or the multi-purpose room that also doubles as an auditorium. Varsity sports include basketball, soccer, baseball, fencing, swimming and cross country. There is a ping pong club, a girls soccer club, a running club and an ultimate frisbee team.

Millennium offers no music or drama classes but there is an after school drama club and the School of Rock club, made up of seven student bands, performs two rock shows each year.

There are two college counselors. Nearly all graduates attend college, and about 10% attend community colleges. Some 40% of graduates attend CUNY schools. Top students have been admitted to 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 10% of the students receive special education services; these students may be assigned to classes with two teachers (called Integrated Collaborative Teaching or ICT) or may meet regularly in a small group with a teacher (called Special Education Teacher Support Services.) A few severely disabled children from District 75 are integrated into regular classes.

Admissions: Priority is given to students who live below Houston Street in Manhattan. Applicants must have at least a 90 average and fewer than 10 lateness 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; updated September 2012)

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 619

Average Daily Attendance 96%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
36%

Black

  
7%

Hispanic

  
19%

White

  
35%

Free Lunch

  
43%

Special ed

  
9%

English Language Learners

  
0%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 3.26 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

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 2013

How many students graduated within 4 years?

99% 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

99% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many students graduated within 4 years?

100% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

58% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

100% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates 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?

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
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

89% 62% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

581
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?

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% 45% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

100% 53% 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?

40% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners graduated within 6 years?

58% 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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