Pace High School

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

Students may take classes at Pace University

The Downside

Some concerns about discipline, attendance

One of the most popular schools in the city without academic admissions requirements, Pace High School offers students a chance to take free classes at nearby Pace University their junior and senior years. It is open to students of all achievement levels and designed to serve average students as well as kids who are struggling.

Pace is known for class discussions and projects rather than lectures and textbooks. Each student is assigned to an advisory, a small group of students who stay together for four years and who may discuss everything from personal problems to college admissions. In addition to core academics, classes are offered in ceramics, theater and visual art. Students attend free theater performances at Lincoln Center.

Students begin their high school career with a program called "First Summer" held at Pace University's Westchester campus in August. Entering 9th graders stay overnight in college dorms in Pleasantville, getting to know their classmates and teachers, learning about the culture and expectations of the school and enjoying a swim in the college pool.

The university supports the high school in other ways, too. Students have access to the college library, computer labs and recreational facilities on Pace’s Manhattan campus. Faculty from the School of Education work with high school teachers; and the university offers up to five full tuition scholarships to high school graduates each year.

While students say the school is safe, teachers say there are some discipline issues, according to school surveys.  In the 2016-17 school year, nearly 40 percent of students missed more than a month of school. The school’s yearly plan for 2018 called for increased attention to absenteeism, and the numbers have improved somewhat.

Just north of the Manhattan Bridge, Pace shares a building with MS 131 and the Emma Lazarus School. An outdoor track offers a pleasant place for sports as well as a gathering place for the Chinatown community. Eric Glatz, a founding teacher and assistant principal at Queens School of Inquiry, became principal in 2015.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: Team-teaching classes are offered for math, English, social studies, and science. These classes have two teachers, one of whom is certified in special education.

ADMISSIONS: The school has regular tours and open houses in the fall. The school typically has more than 3,000 applicants for 125 seats. (Clara Hemphill, web reports, March 2018)

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
90%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
60%
Average daily attendance
 
88%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
38%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
 
71%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
 
71%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2019-20 NYC School Survey

Students

595
Number of students
644 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
81%
Students with disabilities
 
21%
Multilingual learners
 
5%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
1%
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
 
87%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
91%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
32%
From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

School
Citywide
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
 
76%
4.7
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
183
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
157 Citywide Average
How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
 
83%
Are teachers effective?
From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey, 2019-20 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 2019-20 NY State Report Card, 2021 Guidance Counselor Report and this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Advanced Courses

Which students have access to advanced courses at this school? Learn more

Calculus

 
7%

Computer Science

Not offered in 2019-20

Physics

Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

 
19%

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
11%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
25%

Music

 
9%
From unpublished, anonymized data from the class of 2019-20 provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

School
Citywide
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
 
70%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
43%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
76%
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
How many graduates of this school received Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) funding to attend a NYS college?
 
65%
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2011-12 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

PACE High School

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

Liberal Arts college preparation curriculum where four years of English language arts, social studies, mathematics, and science are expected of all students. Program will also consist of arts, health, foreign language, and elective courses.

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Computer Science Principles, AP English Language and Composition, AP United States History, AP Environmental Science, AP Calculus AB, AP Biology

Boys PSAL teams

Basketball, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Cross Country, Outdoor Track, Softball, Volleyball

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

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location

Location

100 Hester Street
Manhattan NY 10002

Trains: 6 Line, N Line, Q Line, R Line, W Line to Canal St; B Line, D Line to Grand St; F Line to East Broadway; J Line, Z Line to Bowery; M Line to Delancey St-Essex St

Buses: B39, BxM18, M1, M103, M14A, M15, M15-SBS, M22, M55, M9


Contact

Principal: Eric Glatz

Parent Coordinator: Lisa Ranson

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares a building with MS 131 and Emma Lazarus HS

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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