Mott Hall High School

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

A safe, orderly atmosphere

The Downside

Not many graduates prepared for college

Mott Hall High School, opened in 2004, is modeled on the city's successful Mott Hall middle schools. Students wear uniforms in an atmosphere that is safe, orderly and firm—but academic achievement has a ways to go to help graduates prepare for college.

Grace Villalona became principal in 2010. She has improved the atmosphere and increased attendance. A student wrote to say the school, though tiny, now offers more clubs and sports to get students involved. 

A junior said, “I believe this school has made a big improvement since I first came in freshmen year. They are always on top of the students making sure they get to class and are doing their work. If a student is behind on work… they offer tutoring Monday – Thursday and Saturdays.”

Many students arrive in 9th grade lacking basic reading and writing skills. To help them improve, teachers infuse reading and writing in all subjects, according to the Comprehensive Educational Plan. The quality of instruction is inconsistent, but teachers receive good feedback from the principal, according to the Quality Review. 

Teachers and guidance counselors make phone calls to check up on absences and to remind students of important dates, such as upcoming Regent's exams.

Parents are welcome. They volunteer for the Saturday Academy and some participate in the knitting and crocheting club.

Admissions: Priority goes to middle school students who attend Mott Hall middle schools. After that, students are chosen randomly citywide. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, December 2018)

School Stats


How many students graduate in 4 years?
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
Average daily attendance
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2019-20 NYC School Survey


Number of students
644 Citywide Average


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

How many students were suspended?
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
157 Citywide Average
How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
Are teachers effective?
From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey, 2019-20 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 2019-20 NY State Report Card, 2021 Guidance Counselor Report and this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Advanced Courses

Which students have access to advanced courses at this school? Learn more


Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science

Not offered in 2019-20


Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language


AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science


AP/IB Math or Science

Not offered in 2019-20


Not offered in 2019-20
From unpublished, anonymized data from the class of 2019-20 provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
How many graduates of this school received Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) funding to attend a NYS college?
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2011-12 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
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

Mott Hall High School

Admissions Method: Open


From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English Language and Composition, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Psychology

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams


Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location


6 Edgecombe Avenue
Manhattan NY 10030

Trains: 1 Line to 137th St-City College; B Line, C Line to 135th St

Buses: Bx19, Bx33, M1, M10, M100, M101, M102, M104, M11, M2, M3, M4, M5, M7


Principal: Altagracia Villalona

Parent Coordinator: Mervin Rosa


Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the building with Eagle Academy for Young Men of Harlem

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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