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What’s Special

Traditional college prep curriculum and strong college office

The Downside

Fewer sports and arts than larger-size schools can offer

Eleanor Roosevelt High School (ELRO) is a rigorous school with a traditional college-prep curriculum and an excellent record of college admissions. Wide hallways, polished floors, and spotless modern bathrooms make the former Sotheby's warehouse a pleasant space to learn.

Academics & Instruction: In a city where lots of schools have themes and specialties, Eleanor Roosevelt stands out for its gimmick-free curriculum and no-nonsense approach to teaching. Although class discussions and some project-based work are encouraged, many rooms have desks in rows and lessons led by the teacher standing at the front of the class. All students take four years of college-prep math, science, English, history, and a foreign language; many also take multiple advanced placement exams.

The English curriculum covers classics. Ninth graders read The Epic of Gilgamesh, "Oedipus the King," Beowulf, and "Macbeth." Tenth graders study Dante’s Inferno (linked to Italian Renaissance) and A Tale of Two Cities (linked to French Revolution). Eleventh graders read The Scarlet Letter (linked to U.S. history). Students can choose French or Spanish.

All 9th-graders take geometry and a foundations of math class. Seniors often take calculus. In some subjects there is not a lot of choice—students are expected to take chemistry and physics—but sometimes there’s a choice between hard and harder. For example, 10th-graders may choose between Regents global history or Advanced Placement World History.

ELRO offers changing yearly electives like African American literature, data science, and drama. Students may explore iPhone app development, robotics, 3-D printing, filmmaking, and computer programming. ELRO allows unrestricted internet access and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). The school boasts a robust four-year music and arts program.

Culture & Environment: In September, entering 9th-graders enjoy a day at Camp Ramapo to work on team-building skills. There are lots of clubs, including Model UN, Lego art, and jazz ensemble. Students say the homework load is heavy but not oppressive—two to three hours a night. All students are expected to complete 20 hours of community service per year.

The school reserves 50 percent of seats for students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. The BIPOC student union, Asian culture club, gender and sexuality alliance, and Muslim and Jewish culture clubs meet twice a month.

ELRO partners with Morningside Center to guide their weekly small group advisories. Morningside Center staff collaborate with club leaders on events like the international dinner, sustainability initiatives, and cultural celebrations. Ninth and 10th grade advisories are led by teachers, staff, and trained 12th-graders. Restorative justice training supports peaceful conflict resolution.

Special Education: The school has ICT (integrated co-teaching) classes in core academic subjects required for graduation. These classes mix teens with special needs and their general ed peers in one room led by two teachers. The school has very few English language learners.

Building & Facilities: ELRO has its own building with labs, music and dance rooms, cafeteria, and library. A new gym is located a block away. Over 30 activities and PSAL sports are available. The cafeteria is small, and the auditorium can't accommodate full-school assemblies. Fewer PSAL sports are offered than at large schools, but students excel in girls' basketball, soccer, and volleyball. Lunch can be off-campus.

College & Career: The school’s two counselors help students apply to colleges. Most graduates attend four-year colleges, with some getting full scholarships. (Clara Hemphill; updates by Lydie Raschka via web reports, interview & responses to a questionnaire, March 2024)







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School Stats

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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 2021-22 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 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 2020-21 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 157

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2021-22 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 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



Computer Science




Advanced Foreign Language


AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science


AP/IB Math or Science



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 2021-22 School Quality Guide
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 you by
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2024 High School Directory

Eleanor Roosevelt High School (M21A)

Admissions Method: Screened

Program Description:

We offer students a comprehensive liberal arts curriculum across all disciplines. Students are given the opportunity to pursue higher level courses across the humanities and STEM fields.


From the 2024 High School Directory

Language Courses

French, Spanish

Advanced Courses

Algebra II (Advanced Math), AP Art History, AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Comparative Government and Politics, AP Computer Science Principles, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Macroeconomics, AP Physics 1, AP Psychology, AP Statistics, AP United States History, AP World History: Modern, Calculus (Advanced Math), Chemistry (Advanced Science), Physics (Advanced Science), World Languages (Advanced World Languages)

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Tennis

Girls PSAL teams

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

Coed PSAL teams


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Contact & Location


411 East 76 Street
Manhattan NY 10021

Trains: 6 Line to 77th St

Buses: BxM1, M101, M102, M103, M15, M15-SBS, M31, M66, M72, M79-SBS, M86-SBS, M98, Q102


Principal: Dimitri Saliani

Parent Coordinator: Dimitri Saliani


Other Details

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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