Thurgood Marshall Academy for Learning and Social Change

Grades: 6-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

Nice building, high expectations

The Downside

Academic achievement has a ways to go

Founded in collaboration with the Abyssinian Development Corporation in 1993, Thurgood Marshall Academy has a bright and cheery building with well-equipped science labs. The school has high expectations and children are encouraged as early as 6th grade to think about going to college, according to the 2016 Quality Review. 

Sean Davenport, principal since 2011, says he motivates students by giving them academic challenges, such as having them memorize Shakespeare.

The school serves a predominately African-American and Latino student body, and more than 90 percent of students said they feel teachers respect their culture, according to surveys. However, only 60 percent said they believe discipline is fair.

Academic achievement still has a way to go: many middle school students score below state standards on reading and math tests. Although more than three-quarters graduate from high school on time, most must take remedial courses if they go on to college. 

ADMISSIONS: Open to District 5 students. The school will review test scores, grades and attendance. (Clara Hemphill, school data, web reports, September 2017)


School Stats


How many students graduate in 4 years?
How many students with disabilities 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
631 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
226 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

Social Change and Community Service

Admissions Method: Screened

Program Description:

We offer a traditional Regents curriculum, designed to graduate well-rounded students, equipped with communication and critical thinking skills, and a broad, global perspective - all of which are vital components of college and career readiness. Financial literacy and life skills are embedded in our curriculum. All courses are aligned to the Common Core Learning Standards, incorporate progressive ideas and provide students with opportunities for real-world application.


From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP United States History, AP English Literature and Composition

Boys PSAL teams


Girls PSAL teams

Badminton, Basketball

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

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location


200-214 West 135th Street
Manhattan NY 10030

Trains: 2 Line, 3 Line to 135th St

Buses: Bx15, Bx33, M1, M10, M100, M101, M102, M104, M11, M2, M3, M7


Principal: Major Fareed

Parent Coordinator: Princila Amoakoa


Other Details

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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