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H.S. 560 City-As-School

Grades: 10-12
Staff Pick for Special Ed
16 Clarkson Street
Manhattan NY 10014
Phone: 212-337-6800

Our Insights

What’s Special

Internships, high expectations and support give students a second chance; students have a lot of autonomy

The Downside

Some students may need a more conventional routine

Known as one of the nation’s leading experiential learning model for high school students, City-As-School offers nontraditional academics for struggling students, combining regular classwork with off-site internships. It serves all kinds of students, including those who have struggled at high-performing schools, are coping with depression and anxiety, or who have floundered at schools that neither met their needs nor tapped into their strengths and interests. Those who attend enjoy liberation from much of the burden of testing, have lots of autonomy and gain valuable experience through internships.  

City-As-School is part of the New York Performance Standards Consortium, a network of small high schools that are exempt from administering all but the English Regents exam. To graduate, students must complete in-depth portfolios in English, math, science and history that consist of a research paper and oral defense of their work. Students also complete a graduation portfolio that involves a personal essay, career plan and a completed college application.

Described by The New York Times as a “forerunner in New York City” for alternative schools, City-As-School earned top marks on its most recent Quality Review in all areas, including instruction, setting high standards and school culture.  Students build their own program by choosing courses such as Issues in Immigration, Introduction to Business and Mythology and the Modern World, according to the school's annual Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP). They may take courses for free at colleges throughout New York City, as well as at cultural institutions such as the Brooklyn Academy of Music; another option is to craft their own independent study. All classes are ungraded, meaning that if a student fulfills all of the requirements for a class, she earns credit for it but not a grade.

Students also choose from a generous range of internships, working at places like the American Museum of Natural History, Marvel Comics and the Manhattan Borough President’s Office. They generally spend 16 to 32 hours at their internships each week.

There are several full-time staffers who are part of the guidance team, including social workers, school psychologists and guidance counselors. Additionally, the school has a substance abuse prevention and intervention specialist and a LYFE center, which provides free childcare and education to the babies and young children of students.

The college office organizes and provides one-on-one advising, college and career-related field trips and fairs, visits from college representatives, college and career classes, career panels, SAT review, and help with writing essays and résumés.

After school, students may participate in extracurricular activities like urban farming, mindfulness, and rowing on the Hudson River.

Located in Greenwich Village, City-As-School shares a building with P.S. M721, Manhattan Occupational Training Center, which is part of District 75, the citywide district for students with severe disabilities.  

ADMISSIONS: Open to students who will be 16 years of age by the beginning of September and have accumulated at least 16 academic credits, including two in math and two in science. The school’s main intakes are in May-August (for September admissions), September (for October admissions), and December-January (for February admissions). Students must complete an online application and attend an open house. (Katie Safter, via web reports and school website, July 2018; updated August 2020)


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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

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

Transfer school graduation rate
52% 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

Who does this school serve?

From 2019-20 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

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

Contact & Location


West Village (District 2)
Trains: 1 Line to Houston St; C Line, E Line to Spring St; A Line, B Line, D Line, F Line, M Line to West 4th St-Washington Square
Buses: M20, M21, M55


Rachel Seher
Parent Coordinator
Joselyn Pena-Phillips

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares a building with a District 75 program, P.S. M721- Manhattan Occupational Training Center
Metal detectors?


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