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Millennium High School

Grades: 9-12
Staff Pick
75 Broad Street
Manhattan NY 10004
Phone: 212-825-9008
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Our Insights

What’s Special

Pleasant atmosphere and strong academics

The Downside

No gymnasium or drama; music only offered after school

A pleasant building, an experienced and talented staff, and a well-rounded, gimmick-free curriculum have made Millennium one of the most popular schools in the city. Housed on several floors of a 1929 office building near Wall Street, Millennium boasts river views from its cafeteria, a cheery library and comfortable lounge areas.

Most Millennium classes are seminar-style, with plenty of discussion. Students read literature classics such as The Odyssey, Frankenstein and Hamlet; peppered with contemporary works such as Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.

Millennium assigns more writing than many New York City high schools, and learning to write well is a focus of the instruction. Seniors work closely with a teacher on a research paper and presentation called an “exhibition project,” a graduation requirement. Topics range from “The Value of Infinity” to “Depictions of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in Film.”

Teens told us the workload is heavy but manageable. “We don’t just pile on the work for the sake of piling it on,” says Colin McEvoy, principal since 2012. Throughout our visit, students seemed happy as they chatted with friends in the cafeteria during their free periods, or met informally with teachers. Class changes are smooth and hallways are not congested.

Everyone takes four years of English, history, math and science. Ninth-graders take algebra or geometry, moving onto algebra 2/trigonometry, precalculus and calculus. Seniors who aren’t ready to tackle calculus may take a course in applied math covering topics such as budgeting, stocks and mathematical reasoning.

All students take biology in 9th grade, chemistry in 10th grade, and electives in Upper House. Advanced Placement (AP) biology and chemistry are among the offerings.

For foreign language, students may choose Mandarin Chinese or Spanish. During our visit, a class in Mandarin was full and conducted entirely in Chinese, while in a small third-year Spanish class, students struggled to express their thoughts in the language.

Budget cuts have taken their toll: Class size has grown and is close to the contractual limit of 34, especially in the upper grades. There is no gym. Students have physical education classes in the fitness center or the multipurpose room that doubles as an auditorium. In good weather, they go out to nearby fields such as Elevated Acre in the Financial District. Partnerships with Millennium Brooklyn, the YMCA of Chinatown and several local schools give sports teams extra space to practice. PSAL sports teams are shared with Millennium Brooklyn.

Millennium offers no music or drama classes, but studio art is strong. In addition to AP Studio Art, juniors and seniors may take graphic design, photography (in a real dark room) and multimedia design. There are two dance clubs and several student bands that perform two rock shows each year. On occasion, McEvoy joins in on the guitar.

Two full-time college counselors meet with all families and offer workshops as early as 9th grade. Some 40 percent of graduates attend private colleges, 50 percent are split between CUNY and SUNY schools, and fewer than 10 percent attend community colleges. Top students have been admitted to Stanford, Barnard, Columbia, Yale, Smith and Bryn Mawr.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: There are ICT (integrated co-teaching) classes. Special education teachers, each specializing in a content area, work in the ICT classes and tutor students before and after school several days a week. Children from a District 75 program in the building are integrated into regular classes, administrators said. A buddy system pairs these students with general education peers from Millennium for academic and social support.

ADMISSIONS: Priority is given to Manhattan students who live or attend school south of Houston Street. Nearly all admitted students live or attend middle school in Manhattan. Millennium typically admits student with a minimum 90 average and fewer than 10 latenesses and absences. Fall tours fill up quickly, so book early. (Aimee Sabo, May 2015; updated April 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 2017-18 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
100%
77% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
96%
85% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
15%
36% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
74%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
95%
81% Citywide Average

From 2015-16 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
0%
3% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
82%
74% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
5.0

How do students perform academically?

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
99%
77% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
99%
37% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
96%
38% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
92%
64% Citywide Average

From 2017 NY State Graduation Outcomes

How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
67%
13% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2017-18 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
666
Asian
45%
Black
5%
Hispanic
13%
White
31%
Other
5%
Free or reduced priced lunch
47%
Students with disabilities
12%
English language learners
1%

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
96%
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
7%
37% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
91%
59% Citywide Average


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Programs & Admissions

Millennium High School
Admissions Method: Screened
Requirements:
  • Attendance
  • Course Grades: Average (91-100)
  • Standardized Test Scores: English Language Arts (3.2-4.5), Math (3.3-4.5)
Program Description:

Comprehensive interdisciplinary liberal arts program with many opportunities for honors and AP courses; Exhibition (a long-frame individual research paper and related presentation) in grade 12.

Academics

Language Courses

Mandarin, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Chemistry, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP U.S. History, AP World History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Fencing, Soccer, Table Tennis

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Fencing, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Table Tennis, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams

Stunt

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

Contact & Location

Location

Financial District (District 2)
Trains: 1 Line to Whitehall St-South Ferry; 2 Line, 3 Line to Wall St; 4 Line, 5 Line to Bowling Green; A Line, C Line to Fulton St; J Line, Z Line to Broad St; R Line, W Line to Rector St
Buses: M15, M15-SBS, M20, M55, M9

Contact

Principal
Colin Mcevoy

Other Details

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?
No

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