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School of the Future High School

Grades: 6-12
Staff Pick Staff Pick for Special Ed
127 East 22nd Street
Manhattan NY 10010
Phone: 212-475-8086
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What’s Special

A warm and creative school with challenging academics and strong leadership

The Downside

Awkward building layout

The School of the Future is a warm and creative place with demanding academics and a progressive approach to learning. Rather than take Regents exams, high school students complete 15-20-page research papers which they defend orally. By 11th grade, many students are tackling college-level work.

Kids who thrive here learn to speak up, take the initiative and get involved. They often work together in groups and write and read a lot. The tone throughout the school is calm and relaxed and there’s a respectful rapport between grownups and students.

The school does a good job challenging top students while offering support to those who need it. There are the traditional courses in core subjects such as chemistry and trigonometry, but also offbeat ones like “American Social History and Rebels,” “Dreamers and Freaks” and “Do the Right Thing: Morality in Pop Culture, Literature and Your Life.” Advanced Placement and other college-level courses are offered in the upper grades too.

Teachers linger on topics to give students time to tackle a range of readings and explore answers to questions. For instance, in a high school class on democratization, students read and discussed at length an article on immigrant Jewish factory workers at the turn of the 20th-century as part of a broader study on Women’s Suffrage.

The school is part of the New York Performance Standards Consortium, a group of schools exempt from all Regents exams except for English. Eleventh and 12th-graders write papers called “exhibitions” in English, math, history and science on topics of their own choosing. Some examples include how hundreds of years of white supremacy and Eurocentric standards of beauty impacted the connection between complexion and economic status and how the United States may suffer a similar fate to the Roman Empire, which fell after the decline of its middle class. Similarly, 8th-graders pick a topic, such as Greek myths or the Big Bang Theory, and present the information to 6th- and 7th-graders.

Longtime Principal Stacy Goldstein says conducting sophisticated research and writing extensively on topics of interest is much better preparation than taking standardized tests. “It’s a lot more authentic to what they’re going to have to do to in college,” she said.

Students are eased through the transition to middle and then high school. From 6th to 10th grade, students stay with the same group, moving from subject to subject together, so they come to know each other well. In middle school (grades 6-8) students take humanities, a two-period course that combines English and social studies and gives students an anchor teacher who they spend more time with each day.

Teachers run weekly, small-group student “circles” where they lead discussions on topics such as health, mindfulness, drug use and managing stress. Eleventh and 12th-graders are trained to mediate problems that arise among younger students

The school is housed in an aging building, and students and staff must negotiate narrow stairways to get to class. Students may use the newly-replaced elevator at the start and end of the school day.  “The school is great in most ways except for the stairs,” explained an 8th-grader who plans to stay for high school. There’s air-conditioning in classrooms and common spaces and a roof garden complete with a greenhouse and picnic tables.

Students study Spanish in the middle school. In high school they may choose to continue their studies in Spanish or take Mandarin.

Arts classes include drama, music and visual arts. All students take a computer programming class.

An after-school school program for middle school students offers a nice range of activities including sports. High school students enjoy PSAL sports, clubs and off-site internships; some take courses for free at nearby CUNY colleges such as Baruch and Hunter.

There’s a strong college advisory program. The college counselor conducts weekly classes for juniors and seniors. On the day we visited, he was discussing the intricacies of obtaining financial aid to a group of seniors. All juniors take a free SAT prep course during their school day. Most students attend CUNY and SUNY colleges after graduation; roughly 20 percent attend private and out-of-state schools such as Pomona, NYU, Columbia, Middlebury, Skidmore and Hamilton.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school has two ICT (integrated co-teaching) classes per grade where a mix of general education and students with special needs are taught by two teachers, one certified in the subject and the other in special education.

ADMISSIONS: Middle school: District 2 only. High school: priority to continuing 8th-graders, then to District 2, though the school typically has space for other Manhattan students and occasionally a few from other boroughs. Admission is based on a review of grades, state test scores, record of attendance and an interview. Most middle school students stay for high school. (Laura Zingmond, October 2017)

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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?
73%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
86%
84% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
38%
44% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
61%
78% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
84%
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2%
3% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
80%
73% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
10.9

How do students perform academically?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
56%
40% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
69%
47% Citywide Average

From 2018 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
School of the Future High School and Brooklyn Technical High School

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
97%
86% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
93%
60% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
100%
47% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
87%
77% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
749
Asian
20%
Black
11%
Hispanic
24%
White
35%
Other
10%
Free or reduced priced lunch
44%
Students with disabilities
21%
English language learners
1%

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
94%
89% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
16%
32% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Uniforms required?
No

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
93%
73% Citywide Average

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
36%
14% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
40%
17% Citywide Average


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Programs & Admissions

From the 2019 High School Directory

School of the Future
Admissions Method: Screened
Requirements:
  • Attendance
  • Punctuality
  • Course Grades: English (85-100), Math (83-100), Science (87-100), Social Studies (85-100)
  • Standardized Test Scores: English Language Arts (2.7-4.5), Math (2.8-4.5)

Academics

Language Courses

Mandarin, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Computer Science Principles, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Handball, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball

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

Contact & Location

Location

Gramercy (District 2)
Trains: 4 Line, 5 Line, L Line, N Line, Q Line to 14th St-Union Square; 6 Line to 23rd St; R Line, W Line to 23 St
Buses: BM1, BM2, BM3, BM4, BxM10, BxM11, BxM18, BxM3, BxM4, BxM6, BxM7, BxM8, BxM9, M1, M101, M102, M103, M14A, M14D, M15, M15-SBS, M2, M23-SBS, M3, M34-SBS, M34A-SBS, M55, M7, M9, QM21, X1, X10, X10B, X12, X14, X17, X2, X27, X28, X37, X38, X42, X5, X63, X64, X68, X7, X9

Contact

Principal
Stacy Goldstein
Parent Coordinator
Jaimee Rutman

Other Details

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No

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