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Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis High School

Grades: 9-12
120 West 46th Street
Manhattan NY 10036
Phone: 212-391-0041

Our Insights

What’s Special

Business classes

The Downside

Below average attendance, discipline and order

Located near Times Square, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis is one of a handful of high schools that offer business courses in addition to the typical array of high school classes. The school has struggled with a mediocre attendance rate and student performance over the years.

The school has two business themes: International Virtual Enterprises International (VEI), and Hospitality and Tourism. Students sample each before they continue on one track. VEI students set up and run a mock business, trying all employee roles, from human resources and accounting, to product development and marketing. Teens also learn about business etiquette.

Some students are selected to work with Roundabout Theater Company. They study aspects of theater production, such as lighting and sound design, according to the school’s website. Professionals from Roundabout also work with humanities teachers to help bring lessons to life.

In dance classes, children study a mix of styles such as flamenco and merengue. Dance students have performed at Manhattan Borough Arts Festival, and in El Museo Del Barrio’s Three King’s Day Parade.

Principal Edward Demeo took the helm in 2003. The numbers of inexperienced teachers on his staff is higher than average; in 2017 about one-third were new to the teaching profession, according to the yearly plan.

Students face challenges; many are performing below grade level in reading and math when they arrive freshman year. More than half miss 18 or more days of school, and more than a third do not graduate on time.

Teachers struggle to maintain discipline and order. Enrollment has declined by more than 100 students since 2012. While most children feel safe, more than 40 percent complain of bullying. The school’s suspension rate hovers just above the citywide average.

The school has a new website and is working to improve teaching and engage parents more, according to school’s annual Comprehensive Educational Plan. Whole school events such as career night, movie nights and performances, bring everyone together.

The college office has a full-time counselor and three guidance counselors. Teens also get help in AVID, or Advancement Via Independent Determination, a program designed to prepare kids in the “academic middle” for four-year colleges. The teacher helps teens build vocabulary for the SAT, writes their college recommendations and assists them with their college essays. Most graduates attend CUNY and SUNY schools.

ADMISSIONS: Educational option serving a range of academic performers. (Lydie Raschka, school website and DOE data, July 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 students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
66% Citywide Average
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

Int'l Marketing, Computer Applications, Foreign Trade & Virtual Enterprise
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
  • Attendance
  • Punctuality
  • Course Grades: English, Math, Science, Social Studies
  • Standardized Test Scores: Math
  • Reading Scores
Program Description:

Virtual Enterprise (VE) is a New York State approved program recognized for excellence. Students are empowered to create and sustain businesses which work nationally and internationally. Students collaborate in teams to brand their businesses; they engage in citywide and statewide Business Plan Competitions. Team members work closely with Business Partners as well to hone their skills. This program is predicated on the use and/or development of strong reading, writing and speaking skills.


Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP United States History


Boys PSAL teams

Basketball, Table Tennis

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

Contact & Location


Midtown (District 2)
Trains: 1 Line, 2 Line, 3 Line, 7 Line, A Line, C Line, E Line, Q Line, S Line to Times Square-42nd St; 4 Line, 5 Line, 6 Line to Grand Central; B Line, D Line, F Line, M Line to 47-50th Sts Rockefeller Center; N Line, R Line, W Line to 49th St
Buses: BM1, BM2, BM3, BM4, BM5, BxM10, BxM11, BxM18, BxM2, BxM3, BxM4, BxM6, BxM7, BxM8, BxM9, M1, M104, M11, M2, M20, M3, M34A-SBS, M4, M42, M5, M50, M55, M7, Q32, QM1, QM10, QM12, QM15, QM16, QM17, QM18, QM2, QM20, QM21, QM24, QM3, QM4, QM5, QM6, X1, X10, X10B, X12, X14, X17, X17J, X2, X21, X22, X22A, X27, X28, X30, X31, X37, X38, X42, X5, X63, X64, X68, X7, X9


Edward Demeo
Parent Coordinator
Tanjelyn Castro

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?

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