Manhattan Business Academy

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

Business classes in a caring atmosphere

The Downside

Spotty attendance

Manhattan Business Academy exposes students to marketing, advertising and accounting, and gives them the chance to create mock businesses in the Virtual Enterprise program. Students also get a chance to sail on the Hudson River as part of partnership with a nonprofit organization.

The school prides itself on its safe and nurturing tone. Each teacher serves as an adviser for a group of students. The adviser makes sure students get to school on time and checks in frequently with their families. Parents are trained on a computer program that allows them to see the day-to-day progress of their kids, and teachers use this same program to compare notes with one another.

On school surveys, students say they feel safe and respected, and experience little bullying. Teachers say they work well together.

Dance, music, theater and visual arts round out the academics. Despite the school’s small size, students say there are enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested, according to school surveys. The Chill Snowboarding and Surf program is a popular club, according to the school's website.

A downside is the attendance rate; many students miss more than 18 days of school, which slows instruction, requiring teachers to take additional time to help teens make up for gaps in learning.

Many 9th-graders enter school performing below grade level on math and reading tests, according to the yearly plan. There are few advanced classes, and teens who have been well prepared academically in middle school might not find a lot of challenge. While the school offers four years of math (including precalculus and statistics) and four years of science (including chemistry and environmental science), it does not offer calculus or physics. There is a college counselor as well as College Now classes.

Manhattan Business Academy began as a small learning community within Bayard Rustin High School; it became a school in its own right in 2009, when the Department of Education decided to phase out Bayard Rustin. The school shares the Bayard Rustin building with Landmark High SchoolHumanities PrepJames BaldwinHudson High School of Learning Technologies and Quest to Learn.

ADMISSIONS: Manhattan priority, with room for students outside Manhattan. The school uses the educational option admissions method, designed to ensure a mix of students of different abilities. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, March 2018)

School Stats


How many students graduate in 4 years?
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
Average daily attendance
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey


Number of students
624 Citywide Average


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

How many students were suspended?
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
157 Citywide Average

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2020-21 School Quality Guide, 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


Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science



Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science


AP/IB Math or Science



Not offered in 2019-20
From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2019-20 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
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?
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2014 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
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

Manhattan Business Academy

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

All students take a rigorous Regents and college-preparatory curriculum. They are academically, socially, and emotionally supported by a strong advisory program and dedicated college counselors (through the College Bound Initiative). We promote a diverse student body.


From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English Language and Composition, AP Biology, AP Statistics

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Soccer, Volleyball, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Bowling, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball

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

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location


351 West 18th Street
Manhattan NY 10011

Trains: 1 Line to 18th St; A Line, C Line, E Line, L Line to 14th St

Buses: M11, M12, M14A, M14D, M20, M23-SBS, M55, M7, X1, X10, X10B, X12, X17


Principal: Karen Polsonetti

Parent Coordinator: Elianne Jimenez


Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Bayard Rustin Educational Campus with five other schools

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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