Manhattan Business Academy

Grades: 9-12
351 West 18th Street
Manhattan NY 10011
Phone: 212-647-1983

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)

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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?
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

From 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2% Citywide Average

From 2019-20 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 2019-20 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 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2019-20 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 2019-20 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

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.


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


Chelsea (District 2)
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


Karen Polsonetti
Parent Coordinator
Elianne Jimenez

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the Bayard Rustin Educational Campus with five other schools
Metal detectors?

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