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Mott Hall II

Grades: 6-8
Staff Pick Staff Pick for Special Ed
234 West 109th Street
Manhattan NY 10025
Phone: 212-678-2960

Our Insights

What’s Special

Welcoming school with diverse student body

The Downside

Quirky building has a gym with padded pillars

Mott Hall II takes pride in being the most diverse middle school in District 3.  “I was amazed by their ability to take children of different races, ethnic backgrounds and academic levels and make this into one school family,” one parent wrote InsideSchools. “Parents and staff work together for the betterment of all the children.”

Both teachers and kids seem happy to be here, and parents praise the kindness and enthusiasm of the staff. “My child is academically challenged but not to the point of being miserable,” a parent wrote. Marlon Lowe, who became principal in 2013, gets high marks from teachers on school surveys.

Academics are strong. All 8th graders take 9th grade Regents exams in Living Environment and algebra, giving them a head start on high school. All children study music; 7th and 8th graders have instruction in dance. Students take Latin, technology and visual art. They put on a musical-theater performance and two talent shows every year. Students may also audition for the school choir.

Housed on the 4th and 5th floors of a quirky historic building shared with PS 165, Mott Hall II has soaring ceilings and plenty of natural light—as well as narrow halls, ancient steam radiators and columns in the middle of the gym. Mott Hall II expanded its enrollment to more than 400 in 2018 when it absorbed the middle school students from PS 165, formerly a PK-8 school which now serves grades PK to 5.

Although admissions is screened, and students must take a test at the school to be considered, Mott Hall II serves a range of children with different academic abilities. It has top-performing students, as well students whose skills are below grade level. About one-quarter receive special education services, and handful are still learning English. Students with disabilities have test scores well above the citywide average.

The staff take pains to make children of different family incomes feel welcome and cared for. For example, the school offers extra clothing, laptop computers, and help with transportation to a handful of students in temporary housing, according to the Comprehensive Educational plan.

The guidance counselor is “fantastic,” one parent said. There is also a school counselor to assist students. Graduates attend a range of public and private high schools, with Beacon, Manhattan/Hunter, and Frank McCourt among the most popular.

Admissions: District 3 choice. The school looks at a child’s 4th grade report card, attendance and academic and personal behaviors; applicants take a reading assessment and fill out a learning preferences survey at the school in January. Mott Hall II is part of the District 3 “diversity in admissions” pilot and gives priority for 25 percent of its seats to applicants who are eligible for free or reduced price lunch or who are lower-performing. (Clara Hemphill, web reports, February 2019)

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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 the 2020-21 NYC School Survey

How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
78% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
58% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
84% Citywide Average

From the 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
4% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
79% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From the New York State 2022-2023 Assessment Database

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
46% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
51% Citywide Average

From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
39% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From the 2022-23 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
90% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
38% Citywide Average

From the 2020 School Directories

Uniforms required?

How does this school serve special populations?

From the New York State 2022-2023 Assessment Database

How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
15% Citywide Average

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

Contact & Location


Upper West Side (District 3)
Trains: 1 Line, B Line, C Line to Cathedral Parkway-110th St
Buses: M10, M104, M11, M116, M3, M4, M5, M60-SBS, M7


Marlon Lowe
Parent Coordinator
Wanda Matos

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the building with PS 165
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?

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