Discover your best options

Elementary School Middle School High School

Mott Hall High School

Grades: 9-12
6 Edgecombe Avenue
Manhattan NY
Phone: 212-694-6020

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)

Read more

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

Mott Hall High School
Admissions Method: Open


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


Harlem (District 5)
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


Altagracia Villalona
Parent Coordinator
Mervin Rosa

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the building with Kappa IV and Eagle Academy for Young Men of Harlem
Metal detectors?

You may also like …

Bard High School Early College

525 East Houston Street
Manhattan, NY

Gramercy Arts High School

40 Irving Place
Manhattan, NY


  • Is this your school? Please post any news, updates, events, changes, or other information!
  • We welcome questions, open discussions, and disagreements but comments with personal attacks, rude language, or those with seemingly malicious intent will be deleted.
  • Very long comments, those that contain links, or repeat comments may be blocked by our spam filter.
  • Problems? email us at [email protected].
  • Users must comply with our Terms of Use.