Science research program; lots of college-level courses and extracurricular activities
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 high schools and large, neigbhorhood schools.
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 group of students take part in the Advanced Science Research (ASR) program that grooms participants for 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. (Laura Zingmond, web reports, April 2018)
Safety & Vibe
Faculty & Staff
CalculusNot offered in 2019-20
Advanced Foreign Language
AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science
AP/IB Math or Science
Programs & AdmissionsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
Science & Mathematics Research
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
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
OfferingsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
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
Contact & Location
260 Pleasant Avenue
Manhattan NY 10029
Buses: BxM10, BxM6, BxM7, BxM8, BxM9, M101, M102, M103, M106, M116, M15, M15-SBS, M35, M98
This school shares the building with the Isaac Newton Middle School for Math & Science