Pleasant atmosphere and strong academics
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: Open to students citywide. (Aimee Sabo, May 2015; updated 2020)
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Faculty & Staff
Computer ScienceNot offered in 2019-20
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
Millennium High School
Comprehensive interdisciplinary liberal arts program with many opportunities for AP courses; Exhibition (a long-frame individual research paper and related presentation) in grade 12.
Millennium High School D75 Inclusion Program
OfferingsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
French, Mandarin, Spanish
Advanced Placement (AP) courses
AP English Literature and Composition, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP World History: Modern, AP Physics 2, AP English Language and Composition, AP Calculus AB, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP United States History
Boys PSAL teams
Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Fencing, Soccer, Swimming, Table Tennis
Girls PSAL teams
Basketball, Fencing, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Table Tennis, Volleyball
Coed PSAL teams
Contact & Location
75 Broad Street
Manhattan NY 10004
Trains: to South Ferry; , to Wall St; , to Bowling Green; , to Fulton St; , to Broad St; , to Rector St
Buses: BM1, BM2, BM3, BM4, BxM18, M15, M15-SBS, M20, M55, M9, QM11, QM25, QM7, QM8, X1, X10, X10B, X11, X12, X14, X15, X17, X17A, X19, X2, X27, X28, X3, X37, X38, X4, X42, X5, X7, X8, X9
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