School in the Square Public Charter School

Grades: K-1, 6-8
120 Wadsworth Avenue
Manhattan NY 10033
Phone: 718-916-7683

Our Insights

What’s Special

Daily fun activities; longer school day

The Downside

Too soon to tell

At School in the Square (S2), a small charter middle school, students pursue their interests in daily “passion” classes and have a rich social studies curriculum. Opened in 2016 with a sixth grade, the school graduates its first class in 2019.

S2’s leadership includes founder and executive director Evan Meyers and principal Carrie Amon. Previously, Meyers was part of the founding faculty of the High School for Language and Diplomacy, where he taught history. Amon is a longtime educator who spent most of her teaching and administrative career in Mamaroneck’s public schools.

The school day runs longer than at a traditional public school, which allows for scheduling of additional periods of math and English during the week as well as time for extracurricular activities.

A unique feature of the school is its commitment to students’ exploration of interests. They choose a “passion” elective class, such as cooking, coding, rugby, art or music, which they take daily in addition to their academic courses.

Through a partnership with Facing History, an organization that promotes the value of a good civic education, instruction in social studies weaves in themes of identity, social justice and community service.

Field trips are a big part of learning. Students visit venues across the city, such as the Museum of Modern Art and BioBase, a community science lab in Harlem where students conduct experiments. Fun trips to baseball games and campsites are also scheduled.

The school has adopted a “restorative justice” approach to discipline that minimizes suspensions and promotes positive behavior through conversation, reflection and corrective action.

Classes are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but children may arrive as early as 8 a.m. and stay until 5:15 p.m.  Tutoring is offered before and after school as well as on Saturdays. Sports, including soccer, rugby and cheerleading, are offered after school.

S2 has its own dedicated building that is the former site of a parochial school. 

ADMISSIONS: By lottery with preference to District 6 residents. The school accepts new students in all grades, space permitting. (Laura Zingmond via interview and web reports, March 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?
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
84% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
51% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
78% Citywide Average

From 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2% Citywide Average
Teacher turnover rate
34% Citywide Average

How do students perform academically?

From 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
46% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
51% Citywide Average

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
32% 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
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
23% Citywide Average

From 2020 School Directories

Uniforms required?

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
25% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
22% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
24% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
16% 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: 1 Line to 181st St; A Line to 175th St
Buses: M3, M4, M5, M98, M100, Bx3, Bx7, Bx11, Bx13, Bx35, Bx36


Carrie Amon

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?


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