Founded with collaboration of Mt. Sinai Hospital
Low levels of academic achievement
Life Sciences was founded in 1998 in collaboration with Mt. Sinai School of Medicine to encourage black and Hispanic students to prepare for careers in medicine. Originally a combined middle and high school, it now serves only students in grades 9 to 12.
The school has had its ups and downs over the years. Attendance is poor and the graduation rate is low. Principal Kim Swanson has been the subject of unflattering stories in the New York Post, one claiming she spent thousands of dollars on a staff trip to Disneyland and another saying she ordered teachers to throw out textbooks and replace them with work sheets and online exercises. The school gets low marks on its Quality Review, the Department of Education’s evaluation by a seasoned educator.
Some years ago, students praised the collaboration with Mt. Sinai which allowed them to shadow doctors at the hospital. One student, now a registered nurse, credited Life Sciences with preparing her for nursing school. But the 2019 high school directory makes no mention of Mt. Sinai.
Admissions: The school has not filled its seats in recent years and has room for anyone who wants to apply. (Clara Hemphill, web reports, November 2018)
Safety & Vibe
Faculty & Staff
CalculusNot offered in 2019-20
Computer ScienceNot offered in 2019-20
Advanced Foreign Language
AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science
AP/IB Math or Science
Programs & AdmissionsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
Focus on Life Sciences with science electives, internships, mentoring, and research opportunities.
OfferingsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
Advanced Placement (AP) courses
AP Biology, AP Statistics, AP Psychology, AP United States History, AP English Literature and Composition
Boys PSAL teams
Baseball, Basketball, Soccer
Girls PSAL teams
Soccer, Softball, Volleyball
Contact & Location
320 East 96th Street
Manhattan NY 10128
Trains: , to 96th St
Buses: BxM1, BxM10, BxM6, BxM7, BxM8, BxM9, M101, M102, M103, M106, M15, M15-SBS, M31, M86-SBS, M96, M98
This school is in its own building.