Manhattan / Hunter Science High School

Grades 9-12
Staff Pick
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Location

122 Amsterdam Avenue
Manhattan NY 10023
Upper West Side (District 3)
Trains: 1 to 66th St-Lincoln Center; 2, 3 to 72nd St; A, B, C, D to 59th St-Columbus Circle
Buses: M10, M104, M11, M12, M20, M31, M5, M57, M66, M7, M72

Contact

Phone
212-501-1235
Principal
Kevin Froner
Parent Coordinator
Marilyn Arias

What’s Special

Strong academics with a new approach to college prep.

The Downside

Drab building with metal detectors.

Our Review

Manhattan/Hunter has strong leadership, interesting classes and an innovative approach to preparing students for college. Students are prepared not only for college-level academics, but also for the freedom and responsibility of college life.

Students spend their first three years in classes on the top floor the Martin Luther King (MLK) educational complex. Seniors spend their entire fourth year of high school on the Hunter College campus on the Upper East Side, taking a mix of high school and college-level courses. When the students graduate from high school, they may attend Hunter College full-time--for free.

While lots of New York City high schools offer students the chance to take college courses, what makes Manhattan/Hunter different is the level of support the students receive. Their high school English and social studies teachers travel with them to the college and offer regular classes there. While the students take college courses in math and science, the high school English and social studies teachers offer hand-holding and advice for all the subjects. The hope is that this mix of high school and college courses will serve as a transition year and increase the chances that students are successful once they begin college full-time.

The physical surroundings arent great. The Martin Luther King building has metal detectors at the entrance. The cafeteria is gloomy, and the classrooms have no windows. But Manhattan/Hunter kids often eat their lunch in a sunny corridor on their floor of the building which they call the penthouse. Class size is about 25, considerably smaller than typical New York City high schools. The classes we saw were engaging, with plenty of class discussion and challenging academics. Students wear white-collared shirts and black trousers or skirts. While other schools in the building have problems with discipline, students at Manhattan/Hunter say they feel safe.

The school offers studio art, but there is little in the way of dance or music. Only three years of Spanish are offered. The schools in the building share facilities such as the gym and field building-wide sports teams. (The boys soccer team, often a citywide champion, is particularly strong.)

Special education: There are very limited special education services, although the school has a few students with learning disabilities and physical disabilities. The day of our visit, a blind student took notes on a braille-computer as a fellow student described a chemistry experiment.

College Admissions:The school has a good record of college admissions to schools such as Dickinson, Brandeis, Trinity, and Middlebury. A number of students have won POSSE scholarships. Many choose Hunter College because they have accumulated credits there and may attend for free.

Admissions: There are regular tours in the fall. Students must have standardized test scores of Level 2, 3 and 4 and grades of 80 in their core academic subjects. Students are asked to submit a writing sample. The school has far more applicants than seats. (Clara Hemphill, January 2012)

About the students

Enrollment
451
Asian
25.1%
Black
16.4%
Hispanic
36.4%
White
17.1%
Other
5.1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
62%
Students with disabilities
13%
English language learners
0%
Male
44%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Martin Luther King, Jr. Educational Campus with four other schools
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
Yes
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
65%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
98%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
4%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
100%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
14%
37% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
95%
85% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
78%
57% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
2.8
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
77%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
81%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
68%
80% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
89%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
100%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
90%
86% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 4 dedicated spaces for Music, Theater, Visual arts, and Media arts
This school has 2 licensed arts teacher in Music and Theater

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
75%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
64%
54% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
77%
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?
99%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
17%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
0%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
92%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
96%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
97%
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?
72%
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
91%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
93%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
94%
90% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
100%
60% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Manhattan/Hunter Science High School
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description

Early College program that accelerates students to complete college credits upon graduation.

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Handball, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Volleyball, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Badminton, Basketball, Bowling, Flag Football, Handball, Indoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball, Wrestling

Coed PSAL teams

Double Dutch

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