The New York City Museum School attracts an ethnically diverse group of bright students from District 2 and beyond, and takes them to visit museums, parks, houses of worship and other venues to enhance their studies. Museum studies culminate in a portfolio, project or performance.
A weeklong “museum module” takes place four times a year in grades 9 to 11. Children go out with two teachers, usually by subway, to visit cultural institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of the City of New York, the Japan Society and the Rubin Museum of Art.
During a module on the history of world religions children may visit archives and houses of workshop in addition to museums. A freshman wrote us to say, “one of the modules I took this year [was] biodiversity and we went to zoos and gardens.” Modules are meant to “elucidate traditional classroom learning,“ it says in the comprehensive educational plan (CEP).
During the regular school day the studies are more traditional. Children read classics by Virginia Woolf, Charles Dickens, F. Scott Fitzgerald and William Shakespeare according to information on the school website. All children must take four years of math and science.
Instead of offering lots of clubs, the priority at this small school is getting kids ready for college; most graduate on time, prepared to do college-level work. Colby, Wheaton, Kenyon and SUNY Purchase are a few past college acceptances.
Museum shares the cafeteria, gym and auditorium with NYC Lab School for Collaborative Studies and NYC Lab Middle School. Museum and Lab field joint sports teams in basketball, baseball, golf, track, soccer and tennis.
Students are allowed to go out for lunch and they are assigned lockers. They study art all four years delving into topics like stop motion animation, art history and studio art, and there is an intro to chorus class, the website shows, but there is little more in the way of music. Ninth graders study Afro-Brazilian Samba and drumming during a study of the history and culture of Brazil.
ADMISSIONS: Open to students citywide. (Lydie Raschka, DOE data and web reports, August 2018; updated 2020)
Safety & Vibe
Faculty & Staff
Advanced Foreign Language
AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science
AP/IB Math or Science
MusicNot offered in 2019-20
Programs & AdmissionsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
NYC Museum School
Our regular curriculum aligns with the standards and expectations for all students to graduate with a New York State Advanced Regents Diploma, in addition to the possibility of earning college credit through AP classes. As a part of this curriculum, students participate in twelve week-long museum module projects throughout 9th, 10th, and 11th grades. Students are expected to take and pass all Regents and AP exams for the courses in which they are enrolled.
OfferingsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
French, Japanese, Spanish
Advanced Placement (AP) courses
AP Psychology, AP United States History, AP Statistics, AP World History: Modern, AP Calculus AB, AP Environmental Science, AP European History, AP English Literature and Composition, AP English Language and Composition, AP Biology
Boys PSAL teams
Baseball, Basketball, Indoor Track, Soccer
Girls PSAL teams
Basketball, Cross Country, Flag Football, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball
Coed PSAL teams
Contact & Location
333 West 17th Street
Manhattan NY 10011
Trains: to 18th St; , , , to 14th St
Buses: M11, M12, M14A, M14D, M20, M23-SBS, M55, M7, X1, X10, X10B, X12, X17, X27, X28
This school shares the building with NYC Lab Middle and Upper Schools