Heritage School, The

Grades: 9-12
1680 Lexington Avenue
Manhattan NY 10029
Phone: 212-828-2858

Our Insights

What’s Special

Partnerships with Teachers College and Urban Arts

The Downside

Instruction is uneven

At The Heritage School, students explore history and culture through the arts. It was founded in 1996 with support from Teachers College, Columbia University. Teachers overwhelmingly recommend this small, safe school to prospective students. Most students graduate on time including students with disabilities. 

The school has had ups and downs over the years but is currently enjoying an upswing in test scores, attendance and the culture and tone of the school. Teachers alert parents to absences using an iPhone application as soon as a student is missing from class. Teachers have training in Restorative Justice to reduce the suspension rate and help students talk about conflicts before they become larger problems.

The school band performs at school events and basketball games, according to the Arts in Schools report. After school workshops include Latin Dance, Hip-Hop Dance and DJ Music Production through Urban Arts

A downside: Instruction is uneven, according to a recent Quality Review. In some classes, teachers did most of the talking and assigned worksheets, while in an integrated co-teaching class, students were engaged as they prepared questions for a formalized debate called a Socratic seminar, based on their reading of Shakespeare’s Othello: Moor of Venice.

After a hiatus, Teachers College has resumed its work supporting teachers, according to the Comprehensive Educational Plan. Lead teachers attend workshops at Teachers College (TC) and TC staffers help host a series of parent workshops to focus on college readiness. Graduate students from Teachers College work with Heritage students on reading and writing skills and are supervised by a literacy expert at the college.

Heritage occupies the 3rd and 4th floors of the Julia de Burgos Cultural Center in East Harlem. It has an airy feel with hardwood floors and 20-foot ceilings. There is a small library and a large, renovated science lab, but no cafeteria or gym. Instead, the space once used as a gym now functions as a cafeteria. Students go outside to exercise when weather permits. Juniors and seniors may go out for lunch. The uniform is a navy blue polo shirt and khaki pants or skirt.

Students may earn college credits by taking epidemiology, music theory, computer science, psychology or sociology through Hunter College. A College Bound Initiative counselor helps students with the college process.  The website shows students visiting colleges such as  Binghamton, Ithaca and New Paltz.

Special education: Heritage prides itself on a very strong and well-integrated special education program that mixes general education and special needs students in one classroom with two teachers. The four-year graduation rate for students with special needs is above the citywide average. 

Admissions: Educational option formula, designed to admit a mix of students. Preference goes to students from the neighborhood. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, December 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

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

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

The Heritage School
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.


Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Art History, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Spanish Language and Culture


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
Buses: BxM1, BxM11, BxM2, BxM3, BxM4, M1, M101, M102, M103, M106, M15, M15-SBS, M2, M3, M4, M96, M98


Dyanand Sugrim
Parent Coordinator
Alexandra Rodriguez

Other Details

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

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