High School for Law and Public Service

Grades: 9-12
549 Audubon Avenue
Manhattan NY 10040
Phone: 212-342-6130

Our Insights

What’s Special

Law classes and mock court

The Downside

Declining enrollment, poor attendance

High School for Law and Public Service offers a three-year law course sequence in addition to regular high school courses. The school has a mock trial team and runs moot court cases. 

Founded in 1999, Law and Public Service shares the George Washington Educational Campus with four other schools. The structure is old but Law and Public Service is on a sunny floor that makes it feel grand. All students must pass through metal detectors

The school is safe and orderly with happy teachers, according to NYC school surveys, but enrollment has declined over the past decade. Fewer students graduate on time. Roughly half the students miss at least a month of school.  

Many students arrive with low skills. To catch up, all incoming ninth and tenth graders have double periods of reading and writing, and 10th graders have a double period of algebra. The school has after school tutoring, homework help, Saturday classes and lunchtime tutoring. Immediate referrals can be made to an on-site health clinic.

The school has a four-year visual arts sequence that includes studio art, graphic arts and art history. A theater class performs twice a year, according to the Comprehensive Educational Plan.

Admissions: Educational option seeks a range of low-, middle- and high-achievers. Dual language is screened for language ability. (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

From 2020 School Directories

This school offers Transitional Bilingual Education in Spanish.

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
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

Law and Public Service
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

At the High School for Law and Public Service, teachers, administrators, parents and caregivers work together to develop mature citizens committed to their community and high achievement. Our graduates have experience in and knowledge of the public sector, law and have the ability to make positive change in the community. Internships, mentoring programs, and partnerships offer our students the opportunity to apply their academic knowledge to real-life settings.

Spanish Transitional Bilingual
Admissions Method: Screened: Language
Program Description:

Dual Language programs are designed to integrate English Language Learners with English-proficient students to receive content instruction in English and a target language.

High School for Law and Public Service ACES 15:1 Program
Admissions Method: ASD/ACES Program


Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Computer Science Principles, AP United States History, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Calculus AB, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Comparative Government and Politics, AP World History: Modern, AP Psychology, AP Environmental Science


Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Football, Soccer, Swimming, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Flag Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Volleyball

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools
NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location


Washington Heights (District 6)
Trains: 1 Line to 191st St; A Line to 190th St
Buses: Bx18, Bx40, Bx42, Bx7, BxM1, M100, M101, M3, M4, M98


Paula Lev
Parent Coordinator
Nelia Polanco

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the George Washington Educational Campus with four other schools
Metal detectors?

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