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Innovation Charter High School

Grades: 9-12
410 East 100 Street
Manhattan NY 10029
Phone: 212-722-5871

Our Insights

What’s Special

Hands on learning and field trips

The Downside

Discipline problems, below average graduation rate

At Renaissance Charter High School for Innovation, teachers help teens develop year-long projects they are passionate about and take them out and about in the city, exposing them to art, history, politics and ecology.   

At some charter schools kids wear uniforms, pass silently in the halls, and spend much of the day seated at their desks. At Innovation there are no bells, no uniforms and no hallway passes. 

Modeled after the popular K-12 Renaissance Charter School in Queens, Innovation encourages students to experiment and learn by doing. Students may study chemistry using Legos or create an educational video.

The results of school surveys are mixed: most students feel safe in school and say the environment is supportive, but teachers complain of a lack of discipline and order. The suspension rate is almost four times the citywide average and teachers come and go more often than at other city schools, according to state data. The graduation rate is below the citywide average. 

On the positive side, Renaissance Innovation offers a Software Engineering Program (SEP), a four-year computer science sequence with classes in programming, computer application design, and game building, culminating in an Advanced Placement course. The school also offers culinary arts.

Twice a year, regular classes are suspended for weeklong enrichment projects and field trips based on themes like fashion, democracy, urban ecology or journalism. A group called "learning English through social justice" volunteers in a soup kitchen; an engineering group creates Rube Goldberg-like machines and soda-powered rockets.

This rare stand-alone charter high school has some incoming students with skills as low as 4th or 5th grade level. More than one-third of the population has disabilities. All academic classes have two teachers, one of whom is trained to teach special education. 

The school opened in 2010 in a building occupied by Manhattan East, a middle school, and Success Academy Harlem 3 serving grades K-4.

Admissions: Lottery with priority to District 4 families. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, January 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?
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
Teacher turnover rate
35% Citywide Average

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

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

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

Contact & Location


East Harlem (District 4)
Trains: 6 Line to 103rd St; Q Line to 96th St
Buses: M15, M15-SBS, M96, M101, M102, M103


Terence Joseph/Stephen Falla Riff

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the building with MS 224 and Success Academy Harlem 3 Charter
Metal detectors?

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