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Manhattan International High School

Grades: 9-12
Staff Pick
317 East 67th Street
Manhattan NY 10065
Phone: 212-517-6728

Our Insights

What’s Special

A nice mix of arts and academics help children learn to speak English

The Downside

Few after school offerings

Manhattan International offers a stable, safe environment for students who have lived in the country for less than four years. Students learn to speak, write and read in English in regular high school classes. They work in small groups on projects and make presentations of their work each year. They do not receive letter grades. Students come from more than 50 countries and speak over 40 languages, including Spanish, Mandarin, Wolof and Nepali.

The school has an excellent track record and earns high marks on the city’s Quality Review in all areas. Art and technology programs allow children to practice English in interesting ways; they study photography, video, animation and drama in partnerships with Magic Box Productions, Reel Works and MCC Theater. All 9th through 11th graders take computer science classes. The school is equipped with iPads and other technology according to the Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP).

Academic classes are 70 minutes long. Faster and slower learners are mixed together so children can learn from each other. Only math classes are divided by skill and range from pre-Algebra to advanced placement Calculus.

Older students teach younger ones practical skills, such as how to use the city's transportation, and they check in on a child’s adjustment with questions like: "Do you feel comfortable here?" "Do you want to go back to your country?"

In a 9th grade theater class, students work on non-verbal and verbal communication to build confidence. This helps prepare them for presentations at the end of each year. Prior to graduation, students must give a 30-minute presentation and produce a portfolio of their work. They must also pass the English Regent's exam. (Other schools require students to pass five Regents exams; Manhattan International students are not required to take most Regents.)

A disadvantage of the school's small size is there are not many after-school offerings or clubs. Teens may join Julia Richman complex sports teams. The building is shared by three other small high schools: Urban Academy, Vanguard, Talented Unlimited as well as a K-8 school, Ella Baker, and a District 75 program for children with special need, P226M, for teens ages 12-15 who have autism. 

Each senior at Manhattan international is assigned a staff mentor to help with graduation portfolios and college readiness. Graduates attend a range of colleges from CUNY and SUNY schools to others such as Wesleyan, Fordham, Columbia, Colby and Middlebury.

Admissions: The school only admits students who have been in the country for less than four years who are not proficient in English. (Lydie Raschka, DOE data, September 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 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
82% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
48% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
41% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
67% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
38% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
68% Citywide Average

For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Programs & Admissions

From the 2020 High School Directory

Humanities and Interdisciplinary
Admissions Method: Screened: Language
Program Description:

New learners of English develop linguistic, cognitive and cultural skills. The school's classes facilitate the development of English language proficiency and the acquisition of academic skills needed for advanced study in college or the world of work.


Boys PSAL teams

Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball

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

Contact & Location


Upper East Side (District 2)
Trains: 4 Line, 5 Line, N Line, R Line, W Line to 59th St-Lexington Ave; 6 Line to 68th St-Hunter College; Q Line to 72nd St; F Line to Lexington Ave
Buses: BxM1, BxM10, BxM11, BxM3, BxM4, BxM6, BxM7, BxM8, BxM9, M1, M101, M102, M103, M15, M15-SBS, M2, M3, M31, M4, M57, M66, M72, M98, Q101, Q32, Q60, QM2, QM20, QM3


Gladys Rodriguez
Parent Coordinator
Carolina Cedano

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the Julia Richman Educational Campus with four other schools
Metal detectors?

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