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N.Y.C. Museum School

Grades: 9-12
Staff Pick
333 West 17th Street
Manhattan NY 10011
Phone: 212-675-6206

Our Insights

What’s Special

Museum trips

The Downside

Friction between the principal and teachers

The New York City Museum School attracts a nicely integrated 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 college acceptances.

The morale among teachers seems low, however. Fewer than one-third would recommend the school to other teachers as a place to work, according to school surveys.

Principal Darlene Miller has a reputation as a stickler for order and details—such as telling students what kind of 3-ring binders to use. Some teachers complain that she can be tactless and overbearing. Just 32 percent report she is an effective manager. Parents have a more positive view on the surveys, and one wrote in our comments, “The principal cares a lot about the students and the school.”

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.

Children 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, but there is little in the way of music. Ninth graders study Afro-Brazilian Samba [see video on nycmuseumschool.org] and drumming during a study of the history and culture of Brazil.

ADMISSIONS: Preference to District 2 students. Selection is based on attendance, grades and standardized test scores. Tours take place in September and October. Sign up on the school website. In recent years, about half the students have come from outside the district. (Lydie Raschka, DOE data and web reports, August 2018)

 

 

 

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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?
85%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
88%
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
26%
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
64%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
88%
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
1%
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
71%
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
14.1

How do students perform academically?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
98%
82% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
92%
48% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
88%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
95%
67% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
449
Asian
24%
Black
13%
Hispanic
36%
White
21%
Other
6%
Free or reduced priced lunch
56%
Students with disabilities
20%
English language learners
1%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
93%
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
21%
38% Citywide Average


For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Programs & Admissions

From the 2020 High School Directory

NYC Museum School
Admissions Method: Screened
Requirements:
  • Attendance
  • Punctuality
  • Course Grades: English (85-100), Math (87-100), Science (89-100), Social Studies (87-100)
  • Standardized Test Scores: English Language Arts (3.1-4.5), Math (3.3-4.5)
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.

Academics

Language Courses

French, Japanese, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Environmental Science, AP European History, AP Statistics, AP United States History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Indoor Track, Soccer

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Cross Country, Flag Football, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams

Golf

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

Contact & Location

Location

Chelsea (District 2)
Trains: 1 Line to 18th St; A Line, C Line, E Line, L Line to 14th St
Buses: M11, M12, M14A, M14D, M20, M23-SBS, M55, M7, X1, X10, X10B, X12, X17, X27, X28

Contact

Principal
Darlene Miller
Parent Coordinator
Darlene Miller

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with NYC Lab Middle and Upper Schools
Metal detectors?
No

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