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Pace High School

100 Hester Street
Manhattan NY 10002
Phone: 212-334-4663

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)

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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?
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
79% 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?
2% 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 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
82% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
48% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
41% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
67% 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

Average daily attendance
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
38% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
66% Citywide Average

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

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.


Language Courses


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


Chinatown (District 2)
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


Eric Glatz
Parent Coordinator
Lisa Ranson

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares a building with MS 131 and Emma Lazarus HS
Metal detectors?

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