We’ve been visiting middle schools in Upper Manhattan. Here are some of our favorites.
In addition to this list, be sure to see our lists of schools that accept children from anywhere in the city.
Applications are due Dec. 1.
Central Park East II (grades pre-K-8), East Harlem
Why we picked it: Progressive school focused on exploration and discovery; experienced leader.
Who gets in: Priority to continuing 5th grade CPE II and CPE I students, then District 4.
PS 171 (grades pre-K - 8), East Harlem
Why we picked it: Impressive array of grant-funded resources and programs; rich instruction.
Who gets in: Based on grades, test scores and record of attendance and punctuality, with top priority going to continuing 5th-graders.
Columbia Secondary School (grades 6-12), Central Harlem
Why we picked it: Free Columbia University classes; courses in engineering and philosophy.
Who gets in: High achieving kids who live or attend school north of 96th Street.
The Mott Hall School (grades 6-8), Harlem
Why we picked it: Dynamic principal and imaginative classes.
Who gets in: District 6 students with a range of academic achievement based on grades, attendance, teacher recommendations and behavior.
IS 210 (grades pre-K - 8), Harlem
Why we picked it: English/Spanish dual language school.
Who gets in: District 6 priority, with room for students outside the district too.
Hamilton Grange ( grades 6-8), Washington Heights
Why we picked it: Emphasis on writing and debate; strong teachers.
Who gets in: Priority to District 6. Students who attend an open house receive priority.
PS/IS 187 (grades K- 8), Washington Heights
Why we picked it: Strong parent involvement; calm, cheery school.
Who gets in: Continuing 5th grade students. Typically, the school has room for some middle school students from outside the zone.
MS 324 (grades 6-8), Washington Heights
Why we picked it: The experienced principal at MS 324 sets a positive, respectful tone.
Who gets in: District 6 choice. Prospective students and parents are welcome to visit anytime.
City College Academy of the Arts (grades 6-12), Inwood
Why we picked it: The chance to earn up to two years of college credit.
Who gets in: Lottery. Priority to District 6 students who attend an open house.
IS 278 Paula Hedbavny (grades K - 8), Inwood
Why we picked it: A high-performing traditional school with a sweet tone.
Who gets in: Zoned neighborhood school. Tours in the fall.
MS 256 Lafayette Academy (grades 6-8), Upper West Side
Why we picked it: French dual language program; caring principal.
Who gets in: The MS 256 French dual language program gives priority to French speakers; District 3 students get priority, but there is space for outside students as well.
TAG (Talented and Gifted) Young Scholars (grades K-8), East Harlem
Why we picked it: Engaging classes in citywide program for gifted children.
Who gets in: Very selective. Admissions based on attendance, grades, test scores and teacher recommendation (few spots open for middle school).