The Clinton School

Grades 6-11
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What’s Special

Close-knit community of dedicated students and staff

The Downside

High school is a work in progress

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 maths 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 its not so bad for those who stay in because the cafeteria food is legitimately fantastic.

Clintons 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 schools 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)

About the students

Enrollment
489
Asian
12.9%
Black
5.1%
Hispanic
11.3%
White
64.2%
Other
6.5%
Free or reduced priced lunch
100%
Students with disabilities
16%
English language learners
1%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with the MS 297
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
59%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
97%
90% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
5%
27% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
80%
75% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
19%
45% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
96%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
81%
49% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
4.8
5.8 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
83%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
80%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
83%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
71%
70% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
98%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
97%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
89%
84% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Test scores

How many students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
76%
29% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
86%
38% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 5 dedicated spaces for Music, Theater, Visual arts, and Media arts
This school has 3 licensed arts teacher in Theater (part-time), Music, and Theater

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
82%
68% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
57%
56% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
75%
69% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
98%
38% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
98%
87% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
M.S. 260 Clinton School Writers & Artists and Fiorello H. LaGuardia HS of Music & Art and Performing Arts
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

Are students prepared for college?

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
Average math score for ICT students
1.9
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.51
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
2.16
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.64
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
2.88
2.2 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.71
2.3 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
79%
67% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
82%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
88%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
87%
89% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

M.S. 260 Clinton School Writers & Artists
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description

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Location

10 East 15th Street
Manhattan NY 10003
Chelsea (District 2)
Trains: 1, 2, 3, A, C, E to 34th St - Penn Station
Buses: BxM2, Q32, X17J, X21, X22, X30

Contact

Phone
212-524-4360
Principal
Jonathan Levin
Parent Coordinator
Jill Bennett