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Elementary School Middle School High School

Harbor Heights

Grades: 6-8
306 Fort Washington Avenue
Manhattan NY 10033
Phone: 212-568-6052

Our Insights

What’s Special

Spanish-speaking immigrants who missed school in their home countries can catch up

The Downside

Some friction between principal and staff

Harbor Heights Middle School is designed to serve newcomers from Spanish-speaking countries, including many who have had little schooling in their native countries.

Most children who enter this tiny school lack basic math skills such as single digit multiplication and many read below a third grade level in their native language, according to the Comprehensive Educational Plan. Yet most make significant progress during their middle school years.

Students write and perform skits as part of the People’s Theatre Project—and teachers say acting is a good way to learn a language. [photo from People's Theatre Project website]

Monica Klehr has been principal since the school was founded in 2006. Although parents are uniformly enthusiastic about the school, some teachers grumble about the principal, according to school surveys. 

Harbor Heights School shares a building with PS 173. 

Admissions: Open to children from the Bronx and Manhattan who speak Spanish and have been in the United States less than 3 years. (Clara Hemphill, web reports, May 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?
82% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
52% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
81% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
3% 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?
75% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
37% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
42% Citywide Average

From 2018 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
Manhattan Bridges High School, Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics, and High School for Law and Public Service

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
32% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
23% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Uniforms required?
This school offers Transitional Bilingual Education in Spanish.
This school offers Dual Language classes in Spanish.

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
14% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
6% Citywide Average

For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Contact & Location


Washington Heights (District 6)
Trains: A Line to 175th St; 1 Line, C Line to 168th St - Washington Hts
Buses: Bx11, Bx13, Bx3, Bx35, Bx36, Bx7, M100, M101, M2, M3, M4, M5, M98


Monica Klehr
Parent Coordinator
Jacqueli Brito

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the building with PS 173
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?

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