Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics

Grades: 9-12
Staff Pick
260 Pleasant Avenue
Manhattan NY 10029
Phone: 212-876-4639

Our Insights

What’s Special

Elite science research program; lots of college-level courses and extracurricular activities

The Downside

No outdoor fields

Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics offers expansive facilities, lots of extracurricular activities, and an impressive selection of advanced and college-level courses that’s on a par with the specialized schools. It attracts motivated students from across the city, including many English language learners. Some students turn down seats at specialized high schools because they feel they will fit in better and get more support.

The school does a good job with students who are strong in math and science but who might need extra help in English. In addition to their regular English class, all 9th-graders take a yearlong writing intensive with class sizes capped below 20. Time is set aside each week for everyone—students and staff—for quiet reading.

A tiny, elite group of students takes part in the Advanced Science Research (ASR) program that grooms students for participation in science competitions. Participants work one-on-one with research scientists from local colleges and hospitals. They collaborate with students and teachers from around the world via virtual communication. For instance, one year they worked with Singapore and Hong Kong students on a Columbia University–led study on Thailand’s rain forest. Students apply in the 9th grade and must commit to a heavy workload that includes after-school and summer research on top of a daily ASR class.

Students may choose from a nice range of math and science electives such as astronomy, electromagnetism, environmental science, psychology, financial algebra and computer programming. Advanced Placement (AP) classes are offered in biology, chemistry, computer science, environmental science and statistics.

There are fewer humanities electives offered, but typical options include creative writing, journalism, history of film and constitutional law, as well as AP courses in English, U.S. history, world history and Spanish.

Many students also take college courses for free through College Now (CUNY schools) and Columbia University’s Double Discovery Center.

For students in the Spanish bilingual program, there are core math and science courses taught in Spanish as well as classes taught in English that are geared toward English language learners.

Overall, students give high marks to the school based on responses to the annual NYC School Survey. The school also received the highest rating on its Quality Review.

All students attend weekly advisories that help teachers keep tabs on social and academic concerns. Foreign languages taught include French, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.

Manhattan Center shares space with the Isaac Newton Middle School inside a stately, 1930s-era building that once housed Benjamin Franklin High School. Both schools have access to an on-site health center and share use of the cafeteria, gymnasium, library and auditorium. There are no outdoor fields. The school is next to the East River, a healthy walk from the nearest subway.

There are many PSAL sports teams and a large selection of clubs and activities. The Mount Sinai Scholars Program provides internship and summer research opportunities at the medical center.

There is a full-time college counselor. Every year the school sends graduates to CUNY and SUNY schools as well as private colleges including highly competitive schools such as the Ivy Leagues and MIT.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: There are ICT (Integrated Collaborative Teaching) and self-contained classes.

ADMISSIONS: The school admits students based on a review of their grades, state test scores, and records of attendance and lateness. Admission to the bilingual Spanish program is limited to students whose home language is Spanish. For both programs, priority goes to Isaac Newton 8th-graders and then to District 4 students, though the school typically has space to admit students from across the city. (Laura Zingmond, web reports, April 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 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?
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
79% Citywide Average

From 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2% 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?
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
82% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
48% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
41% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
67% 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
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
38% Citywide Average

From 2020 School Directories

This school offers Transitional Bilingual Education in Spanish.

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
66% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
68% Citywide Average

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

Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

Science & Mathematics Research
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description:

Our mission is to provide each student with the best possible and greatest number of college admissions choices by senior year. Students are prepared to be college ready by providing them with challenging courses, academic supports ensuring achievement, and detailed enrichment programs to help construct a strong college resume. While math and science are their strengths, we focus on college-readiness, reading, and writing. More than 50% of our students are enrolled in AP courses.

Bilingual Spanish Science & Mathematics
Admissions Method: Screened: Language & Academics
Program Description:

Bilingual students follow the same academic programming and rigor of general education students, while guaranteed language support ensuring equitable college-ready opportunities.

Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics D75 Inclusion Program
Admissions Method: D75 Special Education Inclusive Services


Language Courses

French, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Art History, AP English Literature and Composition, AP United States History, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP Computer Science Principles, AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, AP Macroeconomics, AP English Language and Composition, AP Spanish Literature and Culture, AP Biology, AP Physics C: Mechanics, AP Statistics, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Calculus BC, AP Calculus AB, AP World History: Modern, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science


Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Bowling, Soccer, Softball, Table Tennis, Volleyball

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools
NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location


East Harlem (District 4)
Trains: N/A
Buses: BxM10, BxM6, BxM7, BxM8, BxM9, M101, M102, M103, M106, M116, M15, M15-SBS, M35, M98


Jose Jimenez
Parent Coordinator
Zaida Santiago

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the building with the Isaac Newton Middle School for Math & Science
Metal detectors?

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