Maxine Greene High School for Imaginative Inquiry, The

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

The arts are integrated into history and English classes.

The Downside

Poor attendance

The Maxine Greene High School for Imaginative Inquiry, a small school housed in the Martin Luther King Jr. Educational Complex, integrates the arts in regular academic classes. For example, students chose readings from the works of historical figures such as Sojourner Truth, Angela Davis and Muhammad Ali and performed them at Lincoln Center as part of a program called Voices of a People’s History.

The school was founded in collaboration with the not-for-profit Lincoln Center Institute just across the street. Teaching artists from that organization visit the school to help teachers plan their lessons, said Principal Stephen Noonan, who founded the school in 2005.

Most students enter 9th grade with weak academic skills and the school offers small classes to help them catch up. However, the school struggles with poor attendance and the graduation rate is below the citywide average.

The Martin Luther King complex has a newly renovated library; teachers and students we spoke to on our brief visit said the tone of the building have improved significantly in recent years. [photo by Lydie Raschka]

Admissions: In recent years, the school has had room for every applicant. (Clara Hemphill, June 2018)

 

 

 

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
61%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
61%
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
 
76%
Average daily attendance
 
80%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
52%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
 
67%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
 
67%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2019-20 NYC School Survey

Students

198
Number of students
644 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
88%
Students with disabilities
 
27%
Multilingual learners
 
13%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
1%
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
 
19%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
72%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
55%
From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

School
Citywide
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
 
27%
15.1
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
285
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
157 Citywide Average
How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
 
72%
Are teachers effective?
From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey, 2019-20 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 2019-20 NY State Report Card, 2021 Guidance Counselor Report and this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Advanced Courses

Which students have access to advanced courses at this school? Learn more

Calculus

Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science

 
22%

Physics

Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

 
2%

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
37%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
11%

Music

Not offered in 2019-20
From unpublished, anonymized data from the class of 2019-20 provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

School
Citywide
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
 
43%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
22%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
52%
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
How many graduates of this school received Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) funding to attend a NYS college?
 
35%
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2011-12 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

The Maxine Greene High School for Imaginative Inquiry

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

At MGHS we believe that: Our school is a place of possibility with an atmosphere of excellence; Our students are prepared for higher education, entrance into the work force, and community involvement; A small, nurturing school environment allows students to be known as individuals; Partnerships with outside organizations, agencies, colleges and universities bring enrichment to the curricula and instructional programs in the school.

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

Italian

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English Literature and Composition, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP United States History, AP Environmental Science

Boys PSAL teams

Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Handball, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Volleyball, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Badminton, Basketball, Bowling, Flag Football, Handball, Indoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball, Wrestling

Coed PSAL teams

Double Dutch

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools

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Contact & Location

Location

122 Amsterdam Avenue
Manhattan NY 10023

Trains: 1 Line to 66th St-Lincoln Center; 2 Line, 3 Line to 72nd St; A Line, C Line, B Line, D Line to 59th St-Columbus Circle

Buses: BxM2, M10, M104, M11, M12, M20, M31, M5, M57, M66, M7, M72, X12, X14, X30, X42


Contact

Principal: Stephen Noonan

Parent Coordinator: Monserrate Felicier

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Martin Luther King, Jr. Educational Campus with four other schools

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes

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