Manhattan Village Academy

Grades: 9-12
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Our Insights

What’s Special

Stellar college-prep curriculum

The Downside

Not all students can keep up with the workload

Manhattan Village Academy offers a demanding college-prep curriculum, imaginative projects and plenty of writing practice. It's an unusual blend of teaching philosophies: Like a traditional school, the kids wear uniforms, call teachers "Mr." and "Ms.," and study hard for Regents exams. Like at a progressive school, they do plenty of hands-on work. They may work in a group on a physics experiment measuring and graphing the speed at which they walk, or make a comic strip depicting events of the French Revolution.

The school strives to make sure students get the breadth that traditional schools offer and the depth of progressive schools. Students take nine Regents exams—four more than the state requires. In addition, they must complete five "portfolios," which may consist of hefty term papers, projects and oral presentations. Twelfth-graders are expected to write 10- to 15-page term papers on topics like global trade agreements. Everyone takes four years of science, including physics. Ninth- and 11th-graders take two hours of math a day, so by the end of four years everyone has had the equivalent of six years of high school math.

The workload is heavy, and not all students can manage it. In past years five or six students typically transfer to less demanding high schools after 9th grade. (The school accepts a similar number of incoming 10th-graders.) But for those who can do the work, the rewards are great. Graduates have been admitted to top private colleges, including Harvard, Yale, Brown, Columbia and Cornell.

The tone of the school is serious but not oppressive. There are no bells, and class changes are orderly. Students wear uniforms. Eleventh- and 12th-graders may leave the building for lunch, although many choose to eat in the pleasant cafeteria.

Students say they typically do three hours of homework a night, but teachers are available to help during the day and after school. “I am grateful to this school for giving me the opportunity to go to a good college,” said a senior, wearing her new Penn State sweatshirt.

Students who fail Regents exams will work with a teacher during lunchtime or after school. Teachers have incorporated SAT prep into all grades. The school offers 18 Advanced Placement classes. Teachers are expected to give extra time, including on weekends. Former principal Hector Geager said he lost about five teachers a year, either due to poor performance or because teachers are looking for more work-life balance. Christina White, a longtime assistant principal at NYC Lab High School, became principal of MVA in 2019.

It is a small school, with only 100 students in each grade. Manhattan Village seems to have a knack for taking kids who were only average or even below-average students in middle school and helping them succeed in high school. Students are held to strict attendance guidelines.

Most students come from Inwood, Washington Heights, the Upper West Side, Harlem and the Bronx. (Although Manhattan Village Academy is physically located in District 2, it does not give preference to District 2 students.)

The school has a full-time college counselor. About 90 percent of graduates enroll in college within six months of graduation.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: In addition to team-teaching classes, students with special needs often stay later for extra help.

ADMISSIONS: Open to students citywide who score at least Level 2 on standardized tests and have good attendance and grades. Incoming students must commit to a four-week summer program in July. Attendance is a very important factor in admissions. (Lydie Raschka, April 2018; update Aug. 2020)    

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 achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey


Number of students
644 Citywide Average


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

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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?
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
7 Citywide Average
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
157 Citywide Average

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2019-20 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 NY State Report Card, 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 2019-20 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?
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
How many graduates of this school received Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) funding to attend a NYS college?
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2011-12 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

Manhattan Village Academy

Admissions Method: Screened

Program Description:

Rigorous core curriculum based on the equivalent of five years of Math, four-five years of Science, five-six years of English, and five-six years of History. The curriculum consists of two strands: Regents-based and Portfolio/Performance-Based Assessments. All students are expected to choose and enroll in our extensive menu of 17 AP courses.


From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

Latin, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Psychology, AP Statistics, AP Music Theory, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP World History: Modern, AP Computer Science Principles, AP English Language and Composition, AP United States History, AP Human Geography, AP Calculus BC, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP Macroeconomics, AP Calculus AB, AP Biology

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Soccer

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Softball

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools

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Contact & Location


43 West 22nd Street
Manhattan NY 10010

Trains: 1 Line to 23rd St; 2 Line, 3 Line, L Line to 14th St; 4 Line, 5 Line, N Line, Q Line to 14th St-Union Square; 6 Line to 23rd St; F Line, M Line to 23rd St; R Line, W Line to 23rd St

Buses: BM1, BM2, BM3, BM4, BxM10, BxM11, BxM18, BxM3, BxM4, BxM6, BxM7, BxM8, BxM9, M1, M101, M102, M103, M14A, M14D, M2, M20, M23-SBS, M3, M4, M5, M55, M7, Q32, QM21, X1, X10, X10B, X12, X14, X17, X2, X27, X28, X37, X38, X42, X5, X63, X64, X68, X7, X9


Principal: Christina White

Parent Coordinator: Ircania Vega


Other Details

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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