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What’s Special

Museum trips

The Downside

Limited arts

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. (Lydie Raschka, DOE data and web reports, August 2018; updated 2020)

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School Stats

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How many students graduate in 4 years?
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
Average daily attendance
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achieve the goals of their students' IEPs?
From the 2022-23 School Quality Guide and 2022-23 NYC School Survey


Number of students
Citywide Average is 615


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2022-23 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

How many students were suspended?
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
From the 2022-23 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
Years of principal experience at this school
Citywide Average is 7
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
Citywide Average is 191
How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
Are teachers effective?
From the 2022-23 NYC School Survey, 2022-23 School Quality Guide, 2021-22 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 2023 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



Computer Science




Advanced Foreign Language


AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science


AP/IB Math or Science



Not offered in 2019-20
From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2021-22 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
How many students who have graduated from this high school stay in college for at least 3 semesters?
From the 2020-21 and 2022-23 School Quality Guide

How many graduates who are eligible received Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) funding to attend a NYS college?
This shows how well this school supports low-income students to get funding for college.
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2016-17 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
From the 2022-23 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought to you by Visit Understanding FAFSA for help with the FAFSA and financial aid.
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2024 High School Directory

NYC Museum School (M85A)

Admissions Method: Screened

Program Description:

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.


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Language Courses

French, Japanese, Spanish

Advanced Courses

Algebra II (Advanced Math), AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP European History, AP Seminar, AP Statistics, AP United States Government and Politics, AP United States History, Chemistry (Advanced Science), ELA (College Course [Credited]), Other (College Course [Credited]), Physics (Advanced Science), Social Studies (College Course [Credited]), World Languages (Advanced World Languages)

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Outdoor Track, Soccer

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Cross Country, Flag Football, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams


Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools

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Contact & Location


333 West 17 Street
Manhattan NY 10011

Trains: 1 Line to 18th St; 2 Line, 3 Line, F Line, M Line to 6th Av; A Line, C Line, E Line, L Line to 14th St

Buses: M11, M12, M14A-SBS, M14D-SBS, M20, M23-SBS, M55, M7, SIM1C, SIM33, SIM33C, SIM3C, SIM4C, SIM7, SIM9, X27, X28


Principal: Andre Rodrigues

Parent Coordinator: Joel Lowy


Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the building with NYC Lab Middle and Upper Schools

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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