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The Maxine Greene High School for Imaginative Inquiry

Grades: 9-12
122 Amsterdam Avenue
Manhattan NY 10023
Phone: 212-799-4064

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.

Admissions: In recent years, the school has had room for every applicant. (Clara Hemphill, June 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?
19%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
72%
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
55%
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
27%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
27%
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
5%
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
53%
75% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
13.0

How do students perform academically?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
67%
80% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
32%
45% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
19%
39% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
46%
67% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
341
Asian
3%
Black
37%
Hispanic
53%
White
4%
Other
3%
Free or reduced priced lunch
79%
Students with disabilities
25%
English language learners
13%

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
82%
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
53%
38% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
46%
64% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
44%
68% Citywide Average


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

Programs & Admissions

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.

Academics

Language Courses

Italian, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP Spanish, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP U.S. History

Sports

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 the NYCDOE’s School Finder
NYC Department of Education: School Finder

Contact & Location

Location

Upper West Side (District 3)
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: M10, M104, M11, M12, M20, M31, M5, M57, M66, M7, M72

Contact

Principal
Stephen Noonan
Parent Coordinator
MONSERRATE FELICIER

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Martin Luther King, Jr. Educational Campus with four other schools
Metal detectors?
Yes

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