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What’s Special

Fast-paced academics for hard-working kids

The Downside

Some may prefer less test prep, more class discussion

Medgar Evers College Preparatory School offers a super-fast-paced curriculum, a wide array of Advanced Placement classes, and an unusually large program devoted to the study of Mandarin. A source pride in the African-American community, this combined middle and high school sends its graduates both to the Ivy League and to historically black colleges such as Howard University and Spelman College.

Longtime Principal Michael Wiltshire boasts that children begin their high school studies almost soon as they arrive in 6th grade; many pass Regents exams in Algebra 1, Geometry, Living Environment, US History and Global History before they finish 8th grade. By the time they get to 10th grade, they have finished their high school requirements, says Wiltshire, who has a doctorate in math education. That gives students ample time to take Advanced Placement classes (21 are offered) or classes at Medgar Evers College next door; some even earn an associates degree.

All 6th, 7th and 8th graders take Mandarin, and many continue in the high school. There are four Chinese teachers who offer what Wiltshire calls the largest non-heritage Mandarin program in the citythat is, a program for students who are not of Chinese ancestry. At the time of our visit, 10 students had just won scholarships from the Asia Society to study in Beijing for the summer.

Students in grades 6 to 9 commit to a six-week long summer school, which is designed to give them a head start on their demanding studies. Children typically have two to three hours of homework a night and some attend extra tutoring sessions after school and on Saturday.

On our visit, we saw a lively Chinese class in which children sang songs in Mandarin. A drama class recited Gwendolyn Brooks poem "We Real Cool". A physics class studied resistance and circuits. A history class discussed Americas disillusionment after World War I. An English class read excerpts from the Hindu epic Mahabharata. Most of the classes have desks in rows, with the teacher at the front delivering instruction.

"We really are a traditional high school," says Wiltshire.

The schools strength is in math and science, with AP classes offered in physics, chemistry, environmental science, calculus, statistics and computer science. The high school math and science classes are organized so that each teacher has three sections, or about 100 students in total, rather than the five sections of 34 students typical in high school. In history and English, most teachers have four sections of 34 children, and, like a lot of public schools, they dont assign many long writing projects because their student load is high. On the positive side, AP classes are much smaller.

One parent complained that the school is too focused on memorization and test prep, without a chance for analysis and class discussions, especially in the humanities. Many of the readings involve worksheets and brief excerpts of books, rather than full texts.

Wiltshire says the staff is introducing time for children to read novels or other books for pleasure each day; teachers are also looking for ways to introduce more writing, more research and more critical thinking into the curriculum.

Housed in a cinderblock and concrete building adjacent to the Medgar Evers College campus, the schools facilities are clean and bright. There are portable classrooms adjacent to the main building. Classrooms are mostly bare; teachers travel from room to room and generally aren't assigned their own rooms which they can furnish with books and supplies. Classrooms have college-style seating, with chairs equipped with armrests rather than desks. There is no auditorium.

For physical education, middle school students take dance in a mirrored dance studio. There is no gym. High school sports take place on the college campus.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school has limited special education services. In recent years, the Department of Education has assigned 9th grade students with special needs, including some who read at a 5th grade level, to the high school outside of the regular admissions process. Wiltshire said the staff is still grappling with how best to serve them. (Clara Hemphill, April 2017)


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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe and well-run?

From the 2022-2023 NYC School Survey

How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
81% 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?
78% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
77% Citywide Average

From the 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
1% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2023 End-of-year Attendance and Chronic Absenteeism Report

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
79% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From the New York State 2022-2023 Assessment Database

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
42% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
51% Citywide Average

From the 2022-23 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
92% Citywide Average
How many students graduate in 4 years?
91% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From the 2022-23 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From the 2022-23 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
88% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
39% Citywide Average

From the 2020 School Directories

Uniforms required?

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2023 End-of-year Attendance and Chronic Absenteeism Report

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
85% Citywide Average

From the New York State 2022-2023 Assessment Database

How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
7% Citywide Average
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2024 High School Directory

Science, Math and Technology (K77A)

Admissions Method: Screened With Assessment


  • Average Course Grades - 40%
  • Entrance Assessment: Math - 25%
  • Essay - 25%
  • Special Talent Video - 10% (athletics, visual and performing arts. students may submit video)

Program Description:

Math and Technology path: three years of computer science or information technology leading to A+/and or Networking Certification and internships. Excel Program leads to Dual Enrollment at Medgar Evers College. Science and Research path: students must complete a research project for submission to a major science competition and take AP and/or undergraduate courses in science and research. For more information about how to complete this program's application requirements, please visit mecps.org


From the 2024 High School Directory

Language Courses

French, Mandarin, Spanish

Advanced Courses

Algebra II (Advanced Math), AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Chemistry, AP Chinese Language and Culture, AP Computer Science A, AP Computer Science Principles, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP Human Geography, AP Physics 1, AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, AP Physics C: Mechanics, AP Psychology, AP Research, AP Seminar, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Statistics, AP Studio Art - 2D, AP United States Government and Politics, AP World History: Modern, Calculus (Advanced Math), Chemistry (Advanced Science), Physics (Advanced Science), World Languages (Advanced World Languages)

Boys PSAL teams

Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Swimming

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Cross Country, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Swimming, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams


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Contact & Location



Trains: 2 Line, 5 Line to President St; 3 Line to Nostrand Av; 4 Line, FS to Franklin Av

Buses: B43, B44, B44-SBS, B45, B48, B49


Principal: Michael Wiltshire

Parent Coordinator: Yvonne Lowe


Other Details

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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