School of the Future High School

Grades: 6-12
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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- to 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 and computer science.

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 Manhattan students and the students citywide. Most middle school students stay for high school. (Laura Zingmond, October 2017; updated 2020)

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
97%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
96%
Average daily attendance
 
94%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
17%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
 
87%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
 
91%
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

727
Number of students
611 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
38%
Students with disabilities
 
24%
Multilingual learners
 
2%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
0%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
94%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
20%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
13%
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

School
Citywide
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
 
91%
14.0
Years of principal experience at this school
8 Citywide Average
143
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
226 Citywide Average

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity


How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
 
90%
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

Calculus

 
12%

Computer Science

 
6%

Physics

 
26%

Advanced Foreign Language

 
4%

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
18%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
6%

Music

 
15%
From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2019-20 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

School
Citywide
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
 
81%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
100%
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
80%
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?
 
42%
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
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

School of the Future

Admissions Method: Screened

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

Mandarin, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Computer Science Principles, AP Computer Science A, AP Spanish Language and Culture

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

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Contact & Location

Location

127 East 22nd Street
Manhattan NY 10010

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

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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