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What’s Special

The arts are integrated into academic classes

The Downside

Limited advance class options

The Maxine Greene High School for Imaginative Inquiry integrates the arts into academic classes. For example, in English, students may read an August Wilson play aloud and watch a live performance at Lincoln Center. Math students study how architects use geometry to design and measure buildings.

Founded in 2005, the school is named after Maxine Greene, a professor at Teacher’s College known for her work in aesthetic education—exploring the beauty of art and nature through what we see, hear and feel. Teaching artists from Partnership with Children visit once a week and lead classes in theater and dance. A full-time art teacher presents lessons on mask-making, sculpting with clay and painting.

Academics & Instruction: In addition to core academics, the school offers Virtual Enterprise, a career and technical education (CTE) course in which teens create and operate all parts of a mock business. 

Most students enter 9th grade with academic skills that are below grade level. The school offers after-school, summer, and online self-paced classes to help them catch up. However, the school struggles with poor attendance and the graduation rate is below the citywide average. It is a tiny school with limited options for advanced students.

Teachers help students apply to the Summer Youth Employment Program, which offers paid work experience in jobs across the city. The majority of the students take part.

Culture & Environment: Surveys show some students are concerned about safety and bullying. Students engage in breathing techniques and yoga to stay calm, focused and engaged. Counselors provide encouragement and support. Students participate in small group advisories.

“Though we are a small school, we are a community and family," an administrator said. "Students have great relationships with staff and continuously grow to be academically and socially strong.” 

Special education & English as a new language: Co-teaching classes integrate students with disabilities into general education classes. These are taught by at least two teachers; one trained in special education. Multilingual learners get extra help in small groups or one-on-one.

College & Career: In 12th grade, students take a college and career course. The teacher and guidance counselor guide them in finding colleges, applying and getting financial aid.

Building & Facilities: Maxine Greene is housed on the fourth floor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Educational Complex. It shares the building with five small schools. Sports teams are made up of students from all five mini-schools, and the soccer team is particularly strong.  (Lydie Raschka, web reports and interview, August 2023)


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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average


How many students graduate in 4 years?
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
Average daily attendance
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achieve the goals of their students' IEPs?
From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey


Number of students
Citywide Average is 599


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2022-23 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

How many students were suspended?
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
Years of principal experience at this school
Citywide Average is 7
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
Citywide Average is 157

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2021-22 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 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


Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science



Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science


AP/IB Math or Science



Not offered in 2019-20
From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2021-22 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
How many students who have graduated from this high school stay in college for at least 3 semesters?
From the 2020-21 and 2021-22 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
From the 2022-23 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2024 High School Directory

The Maxine Greene High School for Imaginative Inquiry (M11R)

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.


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Language Courses


Advanced Courses

Algebra II (Advanced Math), AP Environmental Science, AP United States Government and Politics, World Languages (Advanced World Languages)

Boys PSAL teams

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

Girls PSAL teams

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

Coed PSAL teams

Double Dutch

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Contact & Location


122 Amsterdam Avenue
Manhattan NY 10023

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

Buses: BxM2, M10, M104, M11, M12, M20, M31, M5, M57, M66, M7, M72


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

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes

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