Manhattan Bridges High School

Grades 9-12
Noteworthy
525 West 50th Street
Manhattan NY 10019
Phone: 212-757-5274
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Our Insights

What’s Special

Successful Spanish bilingual instruction for new immigrants and strong STEM programs

The Downside

Shared space in building with metal detectors

Manhattan Bridges is a small high school located in Hell’s Kitchen that caters to immigrants recently arrived from Spanish-speaking countries. The school is committed to assisting students in maintaining the richness of their native language while teaching English so as to best equip them to navigate our current multicultural world. For example, the Repertorio Español theater class teaches Latin American and Spanish cultural themes so students may learn about their cultural identity.

Opened in September 2003, the school has consistently received top marks from the Department of Education for its success in taking in students who may not be well prepared for high school and graduating them on time. The school fosters a strong college-readiness culture and teachers are committed to helping students achieve at high levels. It is a regular diploma-granting school serving grades 9 to 12, not a transfer school for older students.

There are many extracurricular options available for students, with clubs ranging from yoga and dance to chess and robotics. There are soccer and baseball teams for boys and volleyball for girls.

After-school career exploration programs are offered in areas such as engineering, law enforcement, business, law and architecture. The school has a job-shadowing program and field trips to organizations such as American Express, ESPN and NBC to bolster career development, according to the yearly education plan. All 12th-grade students are paired with an online mentor and are placed in weekly advisory groups to learn about the college process and receive comprehensive career advice.

In 2009, Manhattan Bridges established the Academies of Engineering and Information Technology. At the end of their high school career, students may graduate with industry certifications, which are confirmations of competency in a given field and can be helpful when students are applying for jobs.

Teachers say the school is orderly and praise principal Mirza Sanchez Medina as an effective manager, according to the school’s 2015 quality report. In 2013, Mirza was recognized by the New York–based publication “Latino American Who’s Who” as a leading Latina professional.

U.S. News & World Report gave Manhattan Bridges a gold medal in 2018 for college readiness and student performance on state-mandated tests. Students take the Regents exams and regularly meet or exceed standards for Regents performance. In addition, students have high participation and pass rates for AP exams. Students also have the opportunity to participate in College Now, a partnership between CUNY and public high schools that allows high school students to receive high school or college credit for taking CUNY college classes.

Parents are supportive and engaged, as demonstrated by the high turnout rates at parent events. The parent coordinator makes sure parents are updated with important information. The school also offers English-instruction lessons for parents and has meetings in both English and Spanish. Parents are also given the opportunity to participate in citizenship workshops, technology classes and cultural trips.

Past students have gone on to attend public city and state colleges as well as private universities such as Cornell, Fordham, NYU, Barnard and Bard.

The school is housed in the Park West Educational Complex, sharing the building with a number of other small schools. Though students must pass through metal detectors, most report feeling safe in the building. All the schools in the bulding share use of the cafeteria, gym, auditorium and library.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: There are not many students with disabilities at the school. Those who do attend receive additional help from special education teachers who work with subject teachers to give students the accommodations they need. The majority of students with disabilities graduate in four years with a Regents diploma, as stated in the school’s yearly comprehensive education plan.

ADMISSIONS: Admission is limited to students who have lived in the United States for three or fewer years, whose native language is Spanish, and who currently live in New York City. Call (212) 645-5110 for information on open houses and school tours. (Isabel Corpus, DOE statistics and web reports, May 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 2016-17 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
90%
77% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
92%
85% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
25%
36% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
93%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
90%
81% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
81%
74% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
14.0

How do students perform academically?

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
85%
77% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
65%
37% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
88%
38% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
83%
64% Citywide Average

From 2017 NY State Graduation Outcomes

How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
48%
13% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2017-18 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
517
Asian
0%
Black
0%
Hispanic
99%
White
0%
Other
0%
Free or reduced priced lunch
83%
Students with disabilities
4%
English language learners
48%

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
92%
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
25%
37% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

This school offers Transitional Bilingual Education in Spanish.
This school offers Dual Language classes in Spanish.

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
83%
66% Citywide Average


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Directory Details

Programs and Admissions

Bilingual Spanish Information Technology and Computer Science
Admissions Method: Screened: Language & Academics
Program Description

This NAF academy uses a technology-based program involving the design, development, support and management of hardware, software and programming. Successful completion of program could lead to iC3 and Adobe Dreamweaver certifications. Coursework includes IT, Project Lead the Way Digital Electronic and Computer Science. Students participate in internships, AP and credit-bearing college courses. In partnership with BMCC, students may be able to complete coursework in Cyber Security.

Bilingual Spanish Pre-Engineering
Admissions Method: Screened: Language & Academics
Program Description

This NAF academy uses the Project Leads the Way (PLTW) curriculum, and offers a strong foundation in applied math and science, training in the field of engineering, senior internships, and possible opportunities to take AP and credit-bearing college courses. Successful completion of program could lead to Autodesk Inventor and Revit User and Professional certifications. Successful completion of program could lead to nine college credits from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Dual Language Spanish Pre-Engineering
Admissions Method: Screened: Language & Academics
Program Description

This NAF academy uses the Project Leads the Way (PLTW) curriculum, and offers a strong foundation in applied math and science, training in the field of engineering, senior internships, and possible opportunities to take AP and credit-bearing college courses. Successful completion of program could lead to Autodesk Inventor and Revit User and Professional certifications. Successful completion of program could lead to nine college credits from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Dual Language Spanish Computer Science
Admissions Method: Screened: Language & Academics
Program Description

This academy uses Code/Interactive and Code.org curriculum to prepare students to apply computer science knowledge in any career and provides a more advanced series of AP courses to prepare students interested in pursuing careers in computer science. Successful completion of this program could lead to ACA Dreamweaver certification. Students are able to attend several work-based learning activities like Hackathons, visits to tech companies, coding workshops, mentorships, and internships.

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Calculus AB, AP Computer Science, AP English Language and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP Spanish

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Volleyball

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

Contact & Location

Location

Hell's Kitchen (District 2)
Trains: C Line, E Line to 50th St
Buses: M104, M11, M12, M20, M31, M34A-SBS, M42, M50, M57

Contact

Principal
Mirza Sanchez Medina
Parent Coordinator
GLADYS GARCIA

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Park West Educational Campus with four other schools
Metal detectors?
Yes

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