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Park East High School

Grades: 9-12
Staff Pick Staff Pick for Special Ed
230 East 105th Street
Manhattan NY 10029
Phone: 212-831-1517

Our Insights

What’s Special

Small, lively classes and well-rounded curriculum

The Downside

Cramped facilities

Park East High School is a small gem with lively classes and a demanding curriculum. A collaboration with several nearby high schools ensures that students get a well-round high school experience that includes extra-curriculars such as sports, arts and student clubs. Students get lots of attention and virtually all graduate on time including students with disabilities; the majority are well-prepared for college.

Teachers have mastered the art of helping students catch up and excel in high school. Writing is taught in a separate class that students take in addition to English. All students take four years of math and science. The strongest students may take Advanced Placement classes, but nearly all take tackle subjects such as  algebra 2, chemistry and statistics. Ninth-graders take the equivalent of three semesters worth of algebra, by taking it for two periods during one of their semesters freshman year. Longtime principal, Kevin McCarthy credits this practice for the school’s high passing rate on the Algebra Regents exam.

Many teachers offer “open honors.” Rather than track some students into separate honors classes, all students learn together and those up to the challenge may opt in for honors, where they take on additional, more advanced work.

Students say the curriculum reflects different ethnicities, races, and cultures in a positive way and that lessons are relevant to their own lived experiences, according to the annual NYC School Survey. Ninth-graders read about the experiences of marginalized groups through selections such The Bluest Eye, Rainbow Boys, and The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Tenth-graders pick a book to read, which they discuss through blog posts with students at neighboring schools, and then present projects based on their readings at a fair where students from the different schools meet for the first time. Examples of texts students have chosen include Evicted, which explores the trauma of unstable housing, and Just Mercy, the memoir of Bryan Stevenson, a lawyer who founded the Equal Justice Initiative.  

Park East offers computer programming in variety of settings, including traditional computer science courses (high school level and Advanced Placement) as well as digital art classes, which incorporate elements of coding and robotics.

The school is housed in a cramped building that was once a music school designed with a lot of small rehearsal studios. Despite its limitations, the school’s physical plant has a huge advantage: Most rooms are too small to hold the 34 students that many public high school classes have. Instead, class size is often less than 20, and students get far more attention than is typical in New York City schools.

Juniors take a trip to Washington DC. Students raise money to fund trips abroad. Recent destinations include England France, Spain, Portugal and Peru. The guidance/college office provides students and families with a lot of support through the college admissions process. All students participate in small-group advisories.

Park East offers a lot of extracurricular activities because it shares resources with several other small high schools in the neighborhood. Students may take some classes and afternoon clubs and particpate in joint sports teams with the partner high schools (Central Park East, Young Women's Leadership, Frederick Douglass Academy II and Heritage), collectively known as East Harlem Pride. There's also an East Harlem Pride college fair attended by college reps from all over the country. Park East fields a football team with Eleanor Roosevelt High School.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: Small group instruction provides students with IEPs and those who may just need extra help with personal attention and assistance with the transition into high school. After school tutoring and Saturday Academy help is also available. In 9th and 10th grade, all students with IEPs have an extra resource period programmed in their schedules where they may receive small group attention. The school offers ICT (integrated co-teaching) classes, which are led by two teachers, one of whom is certified in special education. Park East’s graduation rate for students with disabilities is significantly higher than the citywide average.

ADMISSIONS: Open to students citywide.  Admissions decisions are based on a review of students' academic records.  (Laura Zingmond, October 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 2018-19 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
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 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 2018-19 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 2018-19 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 2019-20 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

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

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018-19 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

Park East High School
Admissions Method: Screened


Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP United States History, AP Computer Science Principles, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP English Language and Composition, AP Calculus AB


Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Football, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Volleyball, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Flag Football, Golf, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, 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: 6 Line to 103rd St; Q Line to 96th St
Buses: BxM1, BxM11, BxM2, BxM3, BxM4, M1, M101, M102, M103, M106, M15, M15-SBS, M2, M3, M4, M96, M98


Kevin Mccarthy

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?

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