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Richard R. Green High School of Teaching

Grades: 9-12
7 Beaver Street
Manhattan NY 10004
Phone: 646-826-8174

Our Insights

What’s Special

Inclusive tone, drama and internships

The Downside

Limited facilities, no auditorium

Named after the first African American New York schools chancellor, Richard R. Green High School of Teaching has built a reputation as a safe place where students may express themselves freely. Students call teachers by their first names and the staff has been trained in conflict mediation and restorative justice practices. The school was selected by the city as a “showcase school” to help other schools create an inclusive community for LGBTQ students. 

The focus of the school is broader than its name suggests. It is designed so students develop skills such as communication, planning and public speaking. While budding teachers may volunteer in local elementary schools, there are also paid internships with organizations such as Getty Images, Gawker, Harlem Youth Corp, Air France and Morgan Stanley. 

Principal Joan Weaver took the helm in 2017. Formerly in accounting, she began her education career as a math teacher in Far Rockaway, then taught at Repertory Company High School and Art and Design, where she also served as assistant principal. 

One of her first concerns was to reduce the high suspension rate, which was twice the citywide average. She has an open door policy and keeps an eye out for kids with “more challenging stories.” As a mother of four, she says, "It’s a much bigger picture than academics in raising a physically, mentally, socially healthy young adult.”

The school has a ways to go but data and school surveys show improvement in several areas under Weaver’s leadership. Attendance is better and more children graduate on time. The suspension rate has dropped. The school pairs a high-achiever with a child who struggles with academics and attendance. The outcome is that kids who might never talk to each other feel more connected, Weaver said.

Three-quarters of the students take four years of math and science, and there are now more Advanced Placement classes including AP computer science. With her math background, Weaver looked at test score data and set about “fine-tuning kids on the fence and making sure they got over the fence.” 

The school offers drama because Weaver believes it is beneficial for students who may want to be teachers. The only downside is there is no auditorium. “It’s a hard place to showcase the talent,” she said.

Support for college-bound students includes after school tutoring, as well as an SAT and college prep course once a week. College for Every Student increases college awareness and organizes trips. AVID (Achievement via Individual Determination) assists students in filling out college applications. SEO (Sponsors for Educational Opportunity) provides financial and academic support for high-achieving students. Every year, former students return to talk about college and careers with current students.

Special education: Several special education teachers are dual certified in special education and a content area such as math or social studies. “The ICT [team-teaching] model here is one, unlike other schools, where the special ed teacher is a true colleague,” Weaver said. “It’s a seamless pairing.”

Admissions: Open to students from all five boroughs. Students are admitted by a formula designed to ensure a mix of different academic abilities. (Lydie Raschka, web reports and interview, October 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 2019-20 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

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

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

Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

Teaching Academy
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

Participation in a teaching program includes elective courses and field experiences supporting careers in education. Internship is an offsite field experience where students leave the building to work directly with elementary and middle school children and teachers. A new program with SUNY Buffalo will provide a college education course onsite for college credit.

Liberal Arts Academy
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

Participation in a general elective program that provides a series of elective classes, career exploration, internships, and externships for students. There is an extensive range of corporate/start-up internships including summer paid internships.


Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English Language and Composition, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Computer Science Principles, AP Psychology, AP Biology, AP Environmental Science, AP Art History, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP English Literature and Composition


Boys PSAL teams


Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Softball

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

Contact & Location


Financial District (District 2)
Trains: 1 Line to South Ferry; 2 Line, 3 Line to Wall St; 4 Line, 5 Line to Bowling Green; A Line, C Line to Fulton St; J Line, Z Line to Broad St; R Line, W Line to Rector St
Buses: BM1, BM2, BM3, BM4, BxM18, M15, M15-SBS, M20, M55, M9, QM11, QM25, QM7, QM8, X1, X10, X10B, X11, X12, X14, X15, X17, X17A, X19, X2, X27, X28, X3, X37, X38, X4, X42, X5, X7, X8, X9


Joan Weaver
Parent Coordinator
Lisa Morales Miley

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the Broadway Educational Campus with two other schools
Metal detectors?

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