NYC Museum School

Grades 9-12
Staff Pick
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333 West 17 Street
Manhattan NY 10011
Chelsea (District 2)
Trains: 1 to 18th St; 2, 3, F, M to 14th St; A, C, E, L to 14th St-8th Ave
Buses: M11, M12, M14A, M14D, M20, M23, M55, M7


Darlene Miller
Parent Coordinator
Darlene Miller

What’s Special

Chance to study at city's greatest museums.

The Downside

Some friction between between staff and administration

Our Review

The NYC Museum School, where students spend one day a week at museums and other cultural institutions, has a good record for taking in kids whose academic skills are less-than-stellar and graduating them on time. In one recent year, two-thirds of the entering class was reading below grade level. Yet 92 percent of students graduate on time, and the majority go on to four-year colleges.

Students make regular visits to the American Museum of Natural History, the Brooklyn Museum, South Street Seaport Museum, and other museums. These visits are an integrated part of their academic studies. For example, students visited Trinity Church and its cemetery, South Street Seaport Museum, the Customs House, and Fraunces Tavern as part of a course on the American Revolution They sketched colonial architecture and painted watercolors of the views from Battery Park. They read newspapers from 1776 which their teacher retrieved and copied from the archives of New York Public Library. From the classified ads in these papers, they identified real people such as a sea merchant or a runaway slave and painted portraits of what they might have looked like.

In past years, the school suffered from uneven student discipline, poor attendance and low levels of student achievement. The school had a chaotic middle school, a revolving door of principals, and uncertain levels of funding for its signature museum programs. But now, under the able leadership of Principal Darlene Miller, the school is on the upswing. Attendance is excellent, the graduation rate is rising, the building is orderly, and morale of both students and staff seems good. Having eliminated the middle school grades, the administration can now concentrate on building the high school into a solid, academically challenging program.

The math and science curriculums are standard for New York City high schools, with a sequence of algebra, geometry, algebra II and pre-calculus in math and biology, earth science, chemistry and physics in science. Some of these are taught in the traditional way, but trips to the American Museum of Natural History enliven many courses.

Museum shares a building with the NYC Lab School for Collaborative Studies in Chelsea. It's a rather gloomy building made of gray poured concrete. But the shared gym, cafeteria and auditorium are adequate and the kids' artwork on the walls brightens things up. Museum and Lab field joint sports teams in basketball, baseball, golf, track, soccer and tennis. Museum has student teachers from Fordham, Teachers College and New York University.

College admissions: The college counselor encourages students, many of whom are the first in their families to apply to college, to consider out-of-state schools as well as CUNY and SUNY schools. Students have been admitted to Colby College and to the Rhode Island School of Design.

Special education: The school offers Collaborative Team Teaching (CTT) for students with special needs. These classes have two teachers, one of whom is certified in special education, and a mix of students in both general and special education.

Admissions: Tours for prospective parents are held in the fall. The school gives 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. Museum accepts more out-of-district students than other District 2 schools, and about 25 percent come from Brooklyn. (This school is included in New York City's Best Public High Schools. Clara Hemphill, December 2006)

About the students

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

About the school

Shared campus?
This school shares the building with NYC Lab Middle and Upper Schools
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average


Average daily attendance
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
37% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
85% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
57% Citywide Average

About the leadership

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

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
86% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 1 dedicated space for Visual arts
This school has 2 licensed arts teacher in Music

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
54% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
71% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
63% Citywide Average
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)
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
68% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
60% Citywide Average
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Programs and Admissions

NYC Museum School
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description


Language Courses

French, Japanese, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP Environmental Science, AP US History


Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Indoor Track, Soccer

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Cross Country, Flag Football, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams


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