New Heights Academy Charter School

Grades: 5-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

Personal attention; Japanese and Italian lessons

The Downside

Little racial or ethnic diversity

New Heights Academy Charter School provides students in grades 5 to 12 a safe, structured environment and the chance to learn Japanese or Italian. While many students enter with weak skills, most graduate on time, and top students have been admitted to selective colleges such as New York University, Barnard, Colgate and Middlebury.

Like many charter schools, New Heights follows a traditional style of teaching, with teachers at the front of the class and desks in rows. Timers beep to instruct when to stop working on the assigned task. Students wear uniforms and the school has a no-nonsense attitude toward goofing off.

“Because it is small, the teachers are on top of you, in a good way,” a senior told us. “If you come in late one time, they call home.”

“There is a sense of community,” another senior told us. However, the school is almost entirely Latino, and students said they are disappointed they haven’t been exposed to different racial and ethnic groups.

The school is housed on several floors of a renovated former office building. High school students may leave the building for lunch. Middle school students have recess in a nearby park.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school has several learning specialists and has expanded special education services in recent years.

ADMISSIONS: Lottery. Most students are admitted in 5th grade, but the school fills openings in the upper grades. Five to 10 students are admitted in 9th grade. (Clara Hemphill, school website, statistics and interview with students, June 2018)

School Stats


How many students graduate in 4 years?
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey


Number of students
611 Citywide Average


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

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How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity

From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2020-21 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 NY State Report Card, 2021 Guidance Counselor Report and this school's most recent Quality Review Report

College Readiness

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Contact & Location


1818 Amsterdam Avenue
Manhattan NY 10031

Trains: 1 Line to 145th St; C Line to 155th St; A Line, B Line, D Line to 145th St

Buses: M3, M4, M5, M100, M101, Bx6, Bx19


Principal: Fred Givens Iii/Rinaldo Murray


Other Details

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No


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