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Manhattan Center for Science & Mathematics

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 1645 students

 

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Posted October 18, 2013

It is a good school. the school can be lot better if school administration (especially principal) and some stabborn teachers can forget their personal grivences and work for the students. Parents participation is also very low - especially fathers! there were hardly any father present in PTA meetings for the last 4 years i was associated with the PTA. presence of students very much needed especially in SLT(school leadership team) meetings and they must have an opportunity to express their problems/solutions without fear of repercussion! this school has lots of potential please try to keep it up.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 24, 2012

It's average. Way too many students. Some of the teachers are really good, while others are just waiting until their retirement comes up.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 22, 2011

I went to this school it was called Benjamin Franklin , I am 61 now, I still miss the old neighbor hood and my teachers and just being in school and being young again wow dont I wish


Posted February 20, 2011

I attended this Highschool . It was called Benjamin Franklin HS. I managed to get through College and medical school, and attended law school. Typical PR hispanic boy. Went through the USAF and retired. I learned a great deal here. There was only one problem that I remember; bad kids in classes who should be in jail, not in school. Thank God, back then there was tracking....


Posted June 24, 2010

Manhattan Center is a great school because it offers many opportunites which when used effectively can result in a great High School career. However, this school is overcrowded and that issue does extend on to the staff and the student who sturggle to strech out limited resources. The area is also not very good, but the school does attempt to make the school as safe as possible. Overall, in my personal opinion and experience, Manhattan Center is a great school for fostering a good education to those students who desire to be successful and who put in the effort.


Posted April 14, 2010

I now have three children attending this school now. I have one senior, one freshman and one in the middle. This year I have seen a notable drop in school quality and student s altitudes. Some great programs are disappearing and some cut down. The student body is starting to appear as average. My oldest child use to have a great summer selecting from programs to volunteer ant the hospitals to attending CCNY classes. Some teachers these days have the opinion of more homework rules over better quality homework. My kids were overwhelmed with homework during this past Spring-break. There are more and more crazy project deadlines and unreasonable workload. So now my children are overworked and have to deal with lower standards in student body. I changed my previous rating from 4/5 stars to 3/5 stars.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2010

I love MCSM. My parents wantedme to transfer out of the school before they learned anything about it. Now they regret the decision, and so do I. I want to stay there. The staff are incredible. The principle and deans are strict but cool. I love my guidance councler. I love Manhattan Center!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 17, 2009

Ahh, it offers great opportunities for future success. Every one student there has potential, therefore is a great environment introduced to prior to college.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 26, 2009

The Teachers are the most awesome people on the planet. You couldnt find better dedicated workers who want children to succeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2009

Manhattan Center offers a pretty diverse group of students and there's no such thing as 'cliques' in our school. Everyone simply gets along and mingle, thus making MCSM one of the best schools ever.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 22, 2009

I like my school because unlike other schools in NYC, we don't have to wear uniform and we have outside lunch. It is one of the biggest and prettiest school I've seen.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 22, 2009

I love MCSM because it has motivated students and a great faculty!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2009

We have 14 AP courses. We can go outside for lunch and have the freedom to stay in to eat or not. We have a park right near our school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 20, 2009

Manhattan Center is a great High School. It specializes in Math and Science, two strong educational subjects. The school provides many rigorous programs for students to excel in life. They have a great community service status, including a recently upgraded Greenhouse. MCSM helps students by offering Advanced Placement courses. They have great after school activities for both academic and personal interests. This school is ranked among the top Math and Science school within the district. It was many great qualities and offers great opportunities, which is why students are attracted to attending it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 20, 2009

Manhattan Center is an excellent school. It certainly proves that looks can be deceiving. The teachers are all wonderfully experiences and proves every student with wonderful knowledge along with interest. Connecting with teachers are very easy as many seem to be like your friends. The school is highly diverse with kids coming from all over the five boroughs. With no doubt, the courses ranged with AP classes to electives courses such as Forensic Science. Most of all, the school is all about safety of the students in the school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 20, 2009

Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics has a great campus. A mall is being constructed right next to the school, anything you want to eat during lunch is right around the corner. Did i forget to mention we get to go out for lunch. The school also offers several ap courses and even if your a pretty average student they make your transcript look glorified by giving you as many classes as they can so that you can graduate with an advanced diploma and more credits than required. Regents scores in Manhattan Center are generally high and in my opinion we have some of the best and most caring teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2009

I love MCSM. The teacher are great and you make a lot of good friends.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2009

My school has the best teachers ever. Everyone of them have a unique personality and they are easy to talk to!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2009

Our students contribute to their communities (home and school) above and beyond the rigorous workload that they challenge themselves with. They take great pride in all that they do and they truly make a difference for themselves, their classmates, their school, and the great city of New York. I am blessed to have the opportunity to work with and learn from these amazing children.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 20, 2009

MCSM very cool and there many different groups to join.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Algebra II/Trigonometry

The state average for Algebra II/Trigonometry was 66% in 2013.

542 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
68%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

355 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
81%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 72% in 2013.

162 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
71%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

507 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
87%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

93 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
95%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

394 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
81%
Global History and Geography

The state average for Global History and Geography was 71% in 2013.

401 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
83%
Integrated Algebra

The state average for Integrated Algebra was 73% in 2013.

480 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
81%
Italian

The state average for Italian was 98% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Living Environment

The state average for Living Environment was 77% in 2013.

358 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
93%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

198 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
88%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

330 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
96%
U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 80% in 2013.

432 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
93%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, Earth science and physics. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

Algebra II/Trigonometry

All Students57%
Female55%
Male60%
African American50%
Asian/Pacific Islander80%
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilities40%
General population57%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English57%
Non-migrant57%

Chemistry

All Students77%
Female74%
Male80%
African American84%
Asian/Pacific Islander92%
Hispanic68%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities56%
General population78%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English78%
Non-migrant77%

Earth Science

All Students63%
Female62%
Male65%
African American69%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population64%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English66%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant63%

English

All Students86%
Female89%
Male80%
African American91%
Asian/Pacific Islander93%
Hispanic81%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities31%
General population88%
English language learners22%
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant86%

Geometry

All Students90%
Female89%
Male89%
African American88%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic85%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities74%
General population91%
English language learners85%
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%

Global History and Geography

All Students93%
Female95%
Male90%
African American95%
Asian/Pacific Islander99%
Hispanic89%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities54%
General population95%
English language learners77%
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%

Integrated Algebra

All Students93%
Female94%
Male91%
African American90%
Asian/Pacific Islander98%
Hispanic92%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities71%
General population95%
English language learners81%
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%

Living Environment

All Students94%
Female92%
Male95%
African American89%
Asian/Pacific Islander99%
Hispanic94%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities72%
General population96%
English language learners81%
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%

Physics

All Students90%
Female87%
Male94%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander87%
Hispanic92%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%
Non-migrant90%

U.S. History and Government

All Students95%
Female98%
Male92%
African American98%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic94%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged96%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities65%
General population97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant95%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, Earth science and physics. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

In 2009-2010, this school was given a grade of "B" for the high school level.

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Progress Report Grades measure the school's contribution to student learning in three areas: School Environment, Student Performance and Student Progress. Schools can receive additional credit for achieving exemplary performance progress among high-needs students. Progress Report Grades range from A to F.

Source: New York City Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 1 58% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 20% 9%
Black 2 20% 19%
White 1 2% 48%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 1% 1%
Two or more races 2 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 23%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 181%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 5%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 60%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 0%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
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The information captured by the survey is designed to support a dialogue among all members of the school community about how to make the school a better place to learn. An overall category score is calculated for each respondent group (parents, teachers, or students) by averaging the scores of the questions within that survey category.

Category scores for each of the respondent groups are then combined to form overall category scores. Alongside the results for each school are the aggregated results across all NYC public schools, which are provided as a basis for comparisons.

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This school
7.7
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.4
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
7.2
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
8.0
 
Clear, useful communication about educational goalsWhat's this?

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This school
7.4
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.8
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
6.9
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.5
 

City average

 
7.8
 
Strong parent, teacher and student engagementWhat's this?

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This school
7.4
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.3
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
6.9
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

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This school
7.9
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
7.6
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents67443%
Students142890%
Teachers7091%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 am
School end time
  • 2:40 pm
School Leader's name
  • MR. JOSE DAVID JIMENEZ
Fax number
  • (212) 348-1167

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Foreign languages
  • Mathematics
  • Science
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Busses - M101, M102, M106, M116, M15, M35, M98. Subways - 2, 3, 6 to 116th St ; 4, 5 to 125th St
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Sofbtall
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
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