School of the Future

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

Our Review

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.

School of the Future was a founding member of the Coalition of Essential Schools, a national network of small schools founded by educational reformer Theodore Sizer that emphasize depth over breadth of learning.

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 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 to 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)

About the students

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

About the school

Shared campus?
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average


Average daily attendance
90% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
27% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
75% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
45% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
49% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
5.8 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
70% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
84% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Test scores

How many students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
29% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
38% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 4 dedicated spaces for Theater, Visual arts, and Media arts
This school has 4 licensed arts teacher in Dance (part-time), Theater (part-time), and Music

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
68% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
56% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
69% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
38% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
87% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
School of the Future HS
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
83% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
13% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
4% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
38% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
48% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
71% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
Average math score for self-contained students
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
2.2 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.3 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
67% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
89% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
67% Citywide Average
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Programs and Admissions

School of the Future
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description


Language Courses

French, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English, AP Environmental Science


Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Handball, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball

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127 East 22 Street
Manhattan NY 10010
Gramercy (District 2)
Trains: 6, F, M, R, W to 23rd St ; 4, 5, L, N, Q to 14th St-Union Square
Buses: M1, M2, M3, M7, M14A, M14D, M20, M23-SBS, M55, M101, M102, M103


Stacy Goldstein
Parent Coordinator
Jim Chin