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Tompkins Square Middle School

Grades: 6-8
Staff Pick
600 East 6th Street
Manhattan NY 10009
Phone: 212-995-1430

Our Insights

What’s Special

Strong academics in a diverse learning environment

The Downside

Cramped hallways

Tompkins Square Middle School has a deep commitment to collaborative work and diversity. The school does a good job of serving students with a wide range of skills, and teachers and staff pride themselves on providing a stimulating and welcoming environment where all students can thrive.

Named for nearby Tompkins Square Park, the school is housed in a red brick building that it shares with two elementary schools, PS 64 and the Earth School. Inside, the hallways are narrow, but many classrooms are spacious and brimming with books that teachers thoughtfully arrange on shelves and in bins for students to access with ease.

Most students say that teachers listen to their ideas and treat them with respect, according the most recent NYC School Survey. In classes, teachers incorporate a range of problems and tasks into lessons to ensure that all their students are challenged. Many classes have two teachers to ensure students with special needs get support along with their peers.  

To ease their transition to middle school, 6th-grade students have two anchor teachers: one for math and science and the other for humanities, which is a double period covering both English and social studies. In the upper grades, students continue to have one teacher for humanities, but have separate teachers for math and science.

Students often work in groups, sometimes on assignments that stretch over several days. In math, students in all grades spend a few days tackling a complex, school-wide math problem, one of several assigned throughout the year.

Students read and write a lot; they tackle challenging novels in book clubs. Seventh-graders study the Constitution and participate in a mock trial held at a downtown courthouse as part of The Constitution Works program.

A flex period is built into the middle of each day, allowing students to take enrichment classes, participate in teacher-led advisory groups and, when needed, get extra help in academics.

The school has dedicated music and theater rooms. Eighth-graders choose art, dance, music or theater as a “major.” 

All students study Spanish.

The school offers a range of free sports, arts and academic enrichment activities after school.

Students responded to the survey that they get a lot of support throughout the high school admissions process. Tompkins Square is also one of several middle schools throughout the city that administers the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT) to its students onsite during the school week.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: Roughly half of the classes follow the ICT (integrated co-teaching) model.  

ADMISSIONS: The school is open to District 1 students. Admissions is based on a review of students’ academic performance as well as records of attendance and behavior. (Laura Zingmond, telephone interview and web reports, May 2019).

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School Stats

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

Is this school safe and well-run?

From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey

How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
90% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
27% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
88% Citywide Average

From the 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
80% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From the New York State 2021 -22 Assessment Database

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
28% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
49% Citywide Average

From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
37% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From the 2022-23 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
90% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
38% Citywide Average

From the 2020 School Directories

Uniforms required?

How does this school serve special populations?

From the New York State 2021 -22 Assessment Database

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
10% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
20% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
8% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
10% Citywide Average

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Contact & Location


East Village (District 1)
Trains: L Line to 1st Ave; J Line, M Line, Z Line to Delancey St-Essex St; F Line to Lower East Side-2 Line Ave
Buses: M14A, M14D, M15, M15-SBS, M21, M8, M9


Sonhando Estwick
Parent Coordinator
Shirley Lee Wong

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the building with the Earth School and PS 64
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?

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