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Bayard Rustin Educational Complex

351 West 18th Street
Manhattan NY 10011
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What’s Special

Small schools in building have an offbeat approach to education.

The Downside

Building is a bit gloomy.

Bayard Rustin Educational Campus now houses six small schools. For transcripts or proof of graduation from Bayard Rustin High School call Hudson High School of Learning Technologies at 212-488-3330.

The schools in the building share a cafeteria, a library and sports teams. Each school has a different philosophy and targets a different kind of student, but all have somewhat off-beat approaches to education.

The building is a bit run down but it has some nice touches, like stained glass windows in the entrance. It does not have metal detectors. Many students are allowed outside the building for lunch.

Quest to Learn,opened in 2009 with a 6th grade, plans to add a grade each year until it serves children in grades 6 to 12. Nicknamed a school for digital kids, Quest to Learn incorporates into its academic lessons the same principles that make video games fun.

Manhattan Business Academy, also founded in 2009, exposes students to marketing, advertising and accounting and gives them the chance to create mock businesses in the Virtual Enterprise program. Students get a chance to sail on the Hudson River as part of partnership with a non-profit organization.

At Hudson High School of Learning Technologies, computersnot textbooks are at the core of instruction. Led by Nancy Amling, a former assistant principal at Queens High School of Teaching,the school opened in 2010 with a 9th grade.

Humanities Preparatory Academy and the James Baldwin Schoolare alternative schools, designed to offer a refuge and personal attention to studentsincluding some high-achieving ones--who have been unsuccessful at other schools. Humanities Prep accepts both incoming 9th graders and transfer students.

Landmark High School, which had been housed in an office building in Midtown, moved into the Bayard Rustin building in 2009. Landmark is a progressive school that doesnt require students to take most Regents exams.

Formerly a zoned, neighborhood high school, the former Bayard Rustin High School was closed because of poor performance. Its last students graduated in 2012. (Clara Hemphill, April 2012)

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Contact & Location

Location

Chelsea (District 2)
Trains: 1 Line to 18th St; A Line, C Line, E Line, L Line to 14th St-8th Ave; 2 Line, 3 Line, F Line, M Line to 14th St-7th/6th Ave
Buses: M11, M12, M14A, M14D, M20, M23-SBS, M55, M7

Contact

Principal
Lisa Ostrom

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