M.S. 297

Grades: 6-8
75 Morton St
Manhattan NY 10014
Phone: 212-524-4380

Our Insights

What’s Special

Seasoned, visionary leader

The Downside

New school, no track record

75 Morton (MS 297) is a progressive middle school led by a seasoned, visionary leader, Jacqueline Getz. This shiny “new kid on the block” in the West Village opened in temporary quarters in 2017 but has been in the works since 2005, when a group of parents and educators sought to ease overcrowding in District 2.

In its first year, it shared a building with the Clinton School while its permanent site at 75 Morton [pictured] was under construction.

Students at 75 Morton do not wear uniforms, they call teachers by their first names and they lead their own conferences with parents and teachers. The school community is invited to give input into school decisions, such as deciding the school colors of silver and blue, and the school symbol, the “thunderbolts.”

Getz has been an educator for more than three decades. She’s worked as a teacher, an assistant principal, and a principal at the famously progressive PS 290 on the Upper East Side and, most recently, at PS/MS 126, a high-performing, low-income school in Chinatown.

District 2 Superintendent Bonnie Laboy described Getz in an announcement of the school’s opening as a “steady leader with a warm personality; creative, capable of earning the trust of parents and students,” and the ability to “attract a talented teaching staff.”

Getz has long been a proponent of a rich social studies program, creative academics and family involvement. In her weekly family letter on the school website, she announced the start of a Family Writing Group, inviting parents to “bring a notebook and a pen and an open mind and heart!” She has an extensive background in literacy and has served as a staff developer in the Teachers’ College Reading and Writing project.

The 7-story, handicap accessible building on Morton Street has a large cafeteria, a library and a double height “gym-atorium” with retractable seats. There are three science labs, two art rooms, two music rooms, four reading resource rooms and four small group project rooms. The outdoor play yard on the corner of Greenwich and Barrow will be accessible from the street and the building.

 Manhattan Youth provides a free after-school program that runs until 5:30 pm.

 The school does not have a track record, but active parents, a strong opening and a seasoned leader are all positive signs.

 ADMISSIONS: Zoned neighborhood school. Admission to the screened program is open to District 2 students based on behavior, attendance, 4th grade report cards and results on state exams. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, November 2017)



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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 2019-20 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
83% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
51% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
82% Citywide Average

From 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 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
75% 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?
37% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
42% Citywide Average

From 2021 Middle School Directory

Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I,Living Environment

Who does this school serve?

From 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
23% Citywide Average

From 2020 School Directories

Uniforms required?

How does this school serve special populations?

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?
15% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
14% Citywide Average

For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Contact & Location


West Village (District 2)
Trains: A Line, B Line, C Line, D Line, E Line, F Line, M Line to West 4th St; 2 Line, 3 Line, L Line to 14th St; 1 Line to Christopher St Sheridan Sq
Buses: M11, M12, M14A, M14D, M20, M21, M5, M8, X1, X10, X10B, X12, X17, X27, X28, X7, X9


Jacqueline Getz
Parent Coordinator
Jill Bennett

Other Details

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

Zone for the 2019-2020 school year. Call school to confirm.


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