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Emma Lazarus High School

Grades: 9-12
100 Hester Street
Manhattan NY 10002
Phone: 212-925-5017

Our Insights

What’s Special

College prep classes for new immigrants

The Downside

Not all students graduate

The Emma Lazarus High School offers small classes and a challenging college-prep curriculum for older students who are new to this country and still learning English. Many of the students have had low levels of education in their home countries and face financial hardships as they adjust to life in the United States.

Not all students graduate, but more than half of those who do earn a demanding Advanced Regents diploma, a rate that’s well above the citywide average. Newsweek ranked Emma Lazarus one of the top schools in the country in terms of preparing at-risk students for college.

“Everyone is equal and supports each other here,” one student told a visitor as part of the Quality Review. “I feel comfortable speaking English in class, even if I say the wrong word.”

Classes are taught in English, but many of the staff speak other languages and have taught outside the United States. Many teachers are trained to teach English as a Second Language as well as history, science or math.

"We have 18 languages spoken here," Principal Melody Kellogg said, with Mandarin, Cantonese and Spanish the most prevalent. Students with different native languages are grouped together in class to encourage them to speak English.

Members of the student government make sure that new students have someone to sit with at lunch, according to the Quality Review. Each student meets weekly with an adviser to discuss academic as well as social or emotional issues. Advisers call home each day a student is absent or late and comes up with strategies to improve attendance plans if needed. Overall, attendance is high.

Students take frequent class trips to improve their English and learn more about the city. The school has partnerships with New York City Mission Society's Learning to Work Program, Lincoln Center's LEAD program, the New York City Horticultural Society, and TADA! Youth Theater.

A downside: The school has an above-average drop-out rate—perhaps not surprising given the challenges the students face.

The transfer school shares a building with Pace High School and MS 131.

ADMISSIONS: The school accepts English language learners who are at least 16 years old. Students are accepted throughout the year. (Clara Hemphill, web reports, April 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

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

Transfer school graduation rate
52% 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

Who does this school serve?

From 2019-20 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
68% Citywide Average

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

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, M103, M14A, M15, M15-SBS, M22, M55, M9


Melody Kellogg
Parent Coordinator
Patricia Beato

Other Details

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

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