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Manhattan Charter School I

Grades: K-5
100 Attorney Street
Manhattan NY 10002
Phone: 212-533-2743

Our Insights

What’s Special

French and music lessons

The Downside

Storage is tight in small, quirky building

Founded in 2005, Manhattan Charter School is a tiny, cheerful school in a quirky round building on the Lower East Side. It offers music every day plus French lessons several times a week. “When children are learning a foreign language, great things happen in the brain that applies to all learning,” said Principal Genie DePolo.

Singing and rhythm are emphasized in the early grades, and by 5th grade some students join the school’s Louisiana-style brass band featuring trumpet, saxophone, clarinet, trombone and drums.

Many children walk to school from home. The school makes a special effort to recruit new immigrants with advertisements (translated by parents) in Spanish, Chinese and Bangladeshi newspapers. 

Manhattan Charter features a longer school year, and a slightly longer school day, with an in-classroom breakfast at 7:45 am and dismissal at 3:30 pm. Teachers ease kindergartners into school routines by greeting them downstairs and shortening the first days of school. Children may attend five weeks of summer camp to get ready for school but that is optional. 

During our visit, students wearing their school uniforms were well behaved and appropriately chatty for their age group. They smiled at visitors but then turned readily back to their work. In addition to a teacher, each K-2 classroom has one full-time teaching assistant. We saw a sleepy kid or two with heads on arms, on our Friday visit, after an assembly, yet the overall feeling was hardworking, with little wasted time.

Manhattan Charter School occupies most of the third floor of a modern building shared with PS 142. Manhattan Charter lacks storage but has a nice-sized music room. 

Admissions: By lottery to students living in District 1. New students are not accepted in grades 4 and 5. (Lydie Raschka, June 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 2019-20 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
81% Citywide Average

From 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
1% Citywide Average
Teacher turnover rate
35% Citywide Average

How do students perform academically?

From 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
51% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
49% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

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?
28% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
23% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
28% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
17% Citywide Average

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Contact & Location


Lower East Side (District 1)


Genie Depolo

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares a building with PS 142 and a pre-k progam
Metal detectors?

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