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Clinton School, The

Grades: 6-12
Staff Pick
10 East 15th Street
Manhattan NY 10003
Phone: 212-524-4360

Our Insights

What’s Special

Demanding International Baccalaureate program

The Downside

Not suited for students who want to focus in one area

Once a cozy middle school for artists and writers, The Clinton School now goes through high school and offers the rigorous International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma, a degree widely accepted at universities in more than 100 countries. The IB program takes place in 11th and 12th grades.

The academic load is intense, but students get lots of support. Eighth-graders take high school math and science courses to complete two of the five Regent’s exams required for graduation, and they complete the rest of their Regent’s by the end of 10th grade. 

More demanding than a standard Regents prep curriculum, the IB program requires students to write a 15- to 20-page research essay on a topic of their choice, make an oral presentation and pass various subject exams.

Even as the school changes and grows, Clinton supports its students, says principal Jonathan Levin, “not just in its small size, but also in the way that we live day in and day out."

The school grooms peer leaders and has three guidance counselors on staff. One leads a group called Banana Splits, in which students with separated parents share experiences. Children meet twice a week in small group advisories. Teachers share strategies for coping with moods, such as anger or depression, from the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.

The school’s arts traditions are very much alive as well. The middle school produces big musicals, and the high school hosts a film festival that brings together student work in filmmaking, stop motion animation, and other classes and clubs. Students publish The Clinton Post, a newspaper, and Clinton Soup, a literary magazine.

Students participate in "Triple E" classes, which stands for electives, extended learning and enrichment. They take these smaller classes four times a week and explore creative writing, math challenges or arts, such as comic book art or pottery fired in a kiln.

Starting in 7th grade, students may go out for lunch with parent permission. Levin says it’s not so bad for those who stay in because the cafeteria food is “legitimately fantastic.”

More than half of the rising 8th-graders continue at Clinton for high school. Some students opt for specialized high schools, including LaGuardia, and other popular schools, such as Beacon.

Not every child will choose to complete all requirements for the IB diploma—for example, if they are involved in time-consuming sports, or if they have a job—but all participate in the core academics and the arts components, Levin says. About one-third of the first cohort is on track to earn the IB diploma in 2018-2019.

Levin says Clinton is “not so good for kids who only want STEM, or writing, or no higher math.” IB is a well-rounded academic and arts curriculum, and students are not able to choose an easier math or science class along the way. “You have to be willing to be pushed in all these areas,” he says.

The Clinton School has become so popular and highly competitive that it “seems to advantage wealthier families who have the means to hire tutors and otherwise provide test and interview prep for candidates,” the yearly plan says. To be more inclusive, Clinton has set aside 17 percent of its seats for incoming 6th-graders from low-income families.  

ADMISSIONS: Students are admitted based on a review of their state test scores, report cards and records of attendance, punctuality and academic behavior. The middle school is open to students from District 2. Priority for the high school is given first to continuing 8th-graders, then to Manhattan students and residents, and then citywide. (Lydie Raschka, interview, March 2018)    

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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 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
84% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
44% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
78% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
3% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
40% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
47% Citywide Average

From 2021 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
The Clinton School, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, and Beacon High School
Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
US History,Algebra I,Earth Science

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
51% Citywide Average
How many students graduate in 4 years?
87% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
64% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
55% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2019-20 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
20% Citywide Average

From 2020 School Directories

Uniforms required?

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
74% Citywide Average

From 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
14% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
17% Citywide Average

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Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

The Clinton School
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description:

We are an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, offering the Diploma Programme (DP). Clinton students become active, compassionate and lifelong learners. We pair the DP with The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence to develop global citizens. Our program is an "IB for ALL." Students complete NYS Regents by the end of 10th grade. All IB DP candidates complete a 4,000 word research essay, a theory of knowledge course (ToK), and engage in creativity, action, and service projects (CAS).


Language Courses



Boys PSAL teams


Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Cross Country, Volleyball

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools
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Contact & Location


Chelsea (District 2)
Trains: 1 Line, 2 Line, 3 Line, F Line, M Line to 14th St; 4 Line, 5 Line, 6 Line, L Line, N Line, Q Line, R Line, W Line to Union Square; A Line, C Line, E Line, B Line, D Line to West 4th St
Buses: BM1, BM2, BM3, BM4, BxM10, BxM6, BxM7, BxM8, BxM9, M1, M101, M102, M103, M14A, M14D, M15, M2, M20, M23-SBS, M3, M55, M7, M8, QM21, X1, X10, X10B, X12, X14, X17, X2, X27, X28, X37, X38, X42, X5, X63, X64, X68, X7, X9


Jonathan Levin
Parent Coordinator
Arlene Villareal

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?

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