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What’s Special

Welcomes students learning to speak English

The Downside

Arts are limited

Manhattan Academy for Arts & Language (MAAL) serves students who are learning English, and in many cases are new to the country. The school offers a standalone English as a Second Language program (English-only instruction) and a Spanish Transitional Bilingual Education, where the amount of English instruction increases as students move through the grades. 

Academics & Instruction: Many incoming students read below grade level, as per the school’s yearly plan. A literacy consultant works with staff one day a week and several bilingual teaching assistants work with students in the classrooms. Print and electronic classroom libraries provide a wide range of reading materials in English and Spanish. Teachers blend global history and native language arts in the bilingual program, combining the study of historical events with language arts skills in Spanish. 

The school’s on-time graduation rate has improved since the school adopted AP for All, a program designed to encourage any student who wants to do the work, not just high-achievers, to take challenging classes. Advanced Placement courses include Spanish, English, and environmental science. Math courses include geometry, Algebra II, and Pre-Calculus. Students have access to College Now courses at Baruch and Hunter Colleges. Students can get extra help in a study period and in Saturday classes.

MAAL offers a strings music program with a full-time teacher. While standalone arts classes are limited, arts experiences are integrated into academic content classes with teaching artists in visual arts, music, and drama.

Culture & Environment: Manhattan Academy addresses equity in a variety of ways, from exploring healthier food options in the cafeteria to setting higher standards for all through classroom observations. Surveys also help school leaders understand student needs.

Students report some bullying and safety concerns through the NYC School Survey. Guidance counselors give presentations on topics like bullying, toxic relationships, drug use, and teen dating. The social worker conducts restorative justice circles, in which students focus on positive behavior through conversation, reflection, and action and, with the guidance counselors, offers individual and group counseling. Weekly small group advisories discuss personal and academic goals, college preparation, mindfulness, and self-reflection.  

Building & Facilities: The school opened September 2010 and shares the Norman Thomas Educational Campus with three other schools. MAAL occupies the 5th Floor, with its own media center, and shares use of the gymnasiums, school cafeteria, auditorium, and science lab. Sports are campus-wide. 

College & Career: MAAL works in partnership with NYU's Advising Corps who provide them with an in-house college advisor. The weekly senior advisory class covers topics ranging from personal statements to FAFSA. The student activities coordinator and guidance team also support seniors with their college applications. (Lydie Raschka, web reports and responses to a questionnaire, February 2024)




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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average


How many students graduate in 4 years?
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
Average daily attendance
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
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


Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science



Not offered in 2019-20

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 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

Manhattan Academy for Arts & Language (A22A)

Admissions Method: Screened: Language

Program Description:

Students have the choice of either a Freestanding ESL Program or a TBE in Spanish. Intensive ESL and ELA is provided for all students. Global History and Native Language Arts are linked for TBE students. Accelerated students have opportunities to take the Geometry CC, Algebra II CC and Pre-Calculus. MAAL students take AP courses and College Now at Hunter and Baruch Colleges. Students have the opportunity to play a string instrument.


From the 2024 High School Directory

Language Courses


Advanced Courses

Algebra II (Advanced Math), AP English Language and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP Spanish Language and Culture, World Languages (Advanced World Languages)

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Softball, Volleyball

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Contact & Location


111 East 33Rd Street
Manhattan NY 10016

Trains: 4 Line, 5 Line, 7 Line, GS to Grand Central-42nd St; 6 Line to 33rd St; B Line, D Line, F Line, M Line, N Line, Q Line, R Line to 34th St

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Principal: Siv Boletsis

Parent Coordinator: Fe Cardi Garcia


Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Norman Thomas Educational Campus with three other schools

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes

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