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Baruch College Campus High School

Grades: 9-12
Staff Pick Staff Pick for Special Ed
55 East 25th Street
Manhattan NY
Phone: 212-683-7440

Our Insights

What’s Special

Rigorous academics in a welcoming environment

The Downside

Cramped facilities

Baruch College Campus High School offers rigorous academics in a pleasant and welcoming environment. Students are taught to write well and read classical and contemporary texts such as The Epic of Gilgamesh, Dante’s Inferno and Toni Morrison’s Beloved.

The school has a demanding but not overwhelming workload. Students say they routinely have two to three hours of homework a night, and more if a project is due. But the payoff is great: Nearly every graduate goes on to a four-year-college, including some very selective ones.

Group work and discussions are common in classes. Teachers are also experimenting with ways to encourage more independent learning. For instance, in math, students may tackle a new topic on their own as part of their homework before the teacher delves deeper into it in class.

Writing is emphasized in all subjects, and 11th-graders take a dedicated writing course where they draft a lengthy research paper and begin work on college application essays.  

History lessons are tied to contemporary issues, so, for example, students learning about the Holocaust also study more recent examples of extreme oppression and the ways people try to resist.

Lessons don’t shy away from difficult topics. Seniors research and draft policy papers on topics they’re interested in, such as rape on college campuses. In 10th-grade English, students read and write about the rights of citizens by studying the case of the Central Park Five (teenagers who were wrongly convicted of the 1989 rape of a jogger in Central Park) and the work done by the Innocence Project, which uses DNA to exonerate people wrongfully convicted of crimes.

In recent years the school has welcomed more students with special needs, which longtime principal Alicia Perez Katz says has lead to positive changes school-wide. “We’re an honors school by design, but we will still need to teach to a wide range of students.”

Toward that end, teachers and staff have taken steps to promote a more inclusive environment. The school secured a grant to acquire books that address topics and stories relevant to black, Hispanic and LGBTQ+ students. The school also adopted a “restorative justice” approach to discipline that minimizes suspensions and promotes positive behavior through conversation, reflection and corrective action. A lot of this takes place during small-group advisory classes, which students attend three times each week.

All students must perform 20 hours of community service each year. Some seniors “intern” in lower-grade classes by helping the teachers during lessons and running study groups with students. Many activities have a service focus, such as a benefit rap concert students put on to raise money for a high-poverty elementary school.

All students study Spanish, and there are multiple visual arts classes. After-school options include sports and more than 30 different clubs.

The school was originally founded in collaboration with Baruch College, but it is no longer on the college campus. Some perks remain. Students may earn both high school and college credit (from Baruch College) for a calculus class taught at the high school. They also have access to the Baruch College library and get priority registration for its College Now courses.

Baruch High School occupies five floors in a former office building, which used to house the School for the Physical City (now closed). The facilities are maintained nicely, but some classrooms are cramped. There’s a tiny all-purpose room that is used as a gymnasium. Students may leave the building for lunch.

A full-time college counselor meets individually with every junior. Graduates attend a broad range of schools, including CUNY and SUNY colleges as well as private options such as Columbia, New York University, Carnegie Mellon and Wesleyan.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: Roughly half the classes at the school follow the ICT (integrated co-teaching) model. (Laura Zingmond, May 2018; admissions updated, October 2019)

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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

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

Baruch College Campus High School
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description:

Comprehensive interdisciplinary liberal arts program.


Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Physics 1, AP Comparative Government and Politics, AP United States History, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP English Language and Composition, AP Environmental Science


Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Fencing, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools
NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location


Gramercy (District 2)
Trains: 4 Line, 5 Line, L Line, N Line, Q Line, R Line, W Line to 14th St-Union Square; 6 Line to 28th St
Buses: BM1, BM2, BM3, BM4, BM5, BxM1, BxM10, BxM11, BxM18, BxM3, BxM4, BxM6, BxM7, BxM8, BxM9, M1, M101, M102, M103, M15, M15-SBS, M2, M23-SBS, M3, M34-SBS, M34A-SBS, M4, M5, M55, M7, M9, Q32, QM1, QM10, QM12, QM15, QM16, QM17, QM18, QM2, QM20, QM21, QM24, QM3, QM4, QM5, QM6, X1, X10, X10B, X12, X14, X17, X17J, X2, X22, X22A, X27, X28, X31, X37, X38, X42, X5, X63, X64, X68, X7, X9


Alicia Perez Katz
Parent Coordinator
Janice Salmeri

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?

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