City Knoll Middle School

Grades: 6-8
440 West 53rd St.
Manhattan NY 10019
Phone: 212-695-9115

Our Insights

What’s Special

Field trips and creative projects

The Downside

Poor attendance

City Knoll is a tiny middle school that offers trips and hands-on projects. 

Students visit the American Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Modern Art and the Bronx Zoo, among other locations. Some work is hands-on, for example, students created drawings of “monsters” to measure trait probability in their offspring as part of a science lesson. They designed life-size sarcophagi on big brown paper as part of a study of Ancient Egypt. [see photos from the school Twitter account]

The school faces challenges. Most incoming students have already fallen behind in elementary school. Many children miss a month or more of school, which interrupts the continuity of lessons. 

Since it opened in 2014, the school has been in three different locations. It opened with 6th grade inside PS 51 on West 44th Street and moved to West 33rd Street, a building that housed an all-girls Catholic School connected to the Church of St. Michael for more than a century, and for a time housed the Clinton School for Writers and Artists. In 2019, it moved again to share a building with PS 111.

City Knoll, which is unscreened and serves serves mostly low-income families, is evidence of the fact that there are pockets of poverty even in a high-income district like District 2, and demonstrates that the system of “screens” can lead to segregation of children by income level as well as race, according to a report by the Center for New York City Affairs. City Knoll is “an unscreened school in a sea of screened schools,” one parent leader said.

Principal Kaye Kerr took the helm in 2017, replacing founding principal Victoria Armas who served for four years. 

Admissions: District 2 preference. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, March 2019, updated to show new address 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 2019-20 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?
82% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
52% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
82% Citywide Average

From 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
3% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
75% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
37% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
42% Citywide Average

From 2021 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
Academy for Software Engineering, Business Of Sports School, and Stephen T. Mather Building Arts & Craftsmanship High School

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
32% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
23% Citywide Average

From 2020 School Directories

Uniforms required?

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
14% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
15% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
14% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
6% Citywide Average

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

Contact & Location


Hell's Kitchen (District 2)
Trains: 1 Line, 2 Line, 3 Line, A Line, C Line, E Line to 34th St - Penn Station
Buses: BxM2, M104, M11, M12, M20, M34A-SBS, M34-SBS, M4, M42, M7, Q32, X17J, X21, X22, X22A, X30, X31


Kaye Kerr
Parent Coordinator
Sabrina Melendez

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares a building with P.S. 111
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?

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