Students enrolled 219
School leader MS. DANIELLE SALZBERG
Transportation options Yes
District New York City Geographic District # 3

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145 W 84th St
New York, NY 10024

(212) 362-2015
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4 stars
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October 27, 2014
Frank McCourt High School is exceptional as well as exceptionally new. They just graduated their first class in the spring of this year and all indicators suggest that the school will only continue to grow in its effectiveness and academic prowess. But my primary reason for writing this review is to refute the ridiculous claim by a prior reviewer that the school has "drugs all over". That is absolutely FALSE, and though my first impression is that the 'reviewer' is a 'troll' trying to spread malicious lies for his/her entertainment, there is also the possibility that this reviewer's child has a drug issue and wishes to point fingers somewhere. Either way, the assertion that this school has "drugs all over" is totally and completely FALSE! I am a FMHS parent, and I know many highly involved parents here, and not once has any of them ever mentioned a drug problem related to this school. Likewise, simply reading the reviews on this site would seem to indicate that the 'drugs-all-over' reviewer is completely alone in their appraisal. That suggests that the issue lies with the reviewer, no this school.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2014
I have serious concerns that have repeatedly gone unaddressed... There are drugs all over the school and I'm taking my child out next year. It's a terrible environment for a student and the principal seems to be more concerned with keeping up appearances than actually talking to parents (I'm not the only one!) who are worried about their kids safety.

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2014
MY son was in the first graduating class of FMHS, and 97% of that class is going to college. Many are attending two year schools, a few are heading to top private schools like Penn and Hampshire. Nice thing about this place is that they do screen students. It's not 'open' admission, so they get a really nice bunch of kids who also span a range of academic abilities and ethnic groups. That is very rare in a New York City HS and nice to see. I only see FMHS as getting even better as the years go by. And yes, they do hand out a fair amount of homework. But for the kid who does it and is ambitious about his/her education -- maybe also taking college the classes offered -- it will definitely pay off. I don't think FMHS will stay undiscovered for too much longer. Its too good and too nice a place for that to happen.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2014
Frank Mc Court high school is a specialized writing school that provides the student with the skills needed in order to be able to write in a college level. This school makes sure that the student gets all the credits needed for graduation by sophomore year so that junior and senior year students can join clubs and internships + a more flexible schedule. We have clubs on almost anything and sports are also available. What I like about this school is that we make college visits on the very first year of high school and we start preparing for SATs and do career days to start getting an idea of what we want to do in the future. We get graded on skills and content so not only are we being graded on how well we answer it correctly but how we think critically and how well we use our problem solving methods. This school is not 100% No school is. This school could improve more by offering more science field classes for the students who are interested. It could also be nice if the school could be funded more so we have more materials for class and better tables. everything else is ok

- submitted by a student
April 07, 2014
My son goes to Frank McCourt. He is part of the first graduating class. The principal has worked hard to make this school a success and most of his teachers have been wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2014
This is a great upcoming High school, in its 4th year . My daughter is in 10 grad, and is doing great academically. The teachers are really enthusiastic, and clearly far from burnt out. They are eager to get back to you, if you have any questions or concerns. It's small and intimate which is what my daughter was looking for. I do wish there were more parental involvement, in terms of supporting the PTA.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2014
Frank McCourt is an amazing new school that's graduating its first class this June (2014). It has committed, passionate teachers and a fabulous, integrated curriculum. My daughter loves going to school, has fantastic relationships with her teachers and has found great friends. FMHS is an undiscovered gem.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2014
FMHS is a small, academically focused and well-rounded school. It is a new school, where teachers, parents and students work hard to build team-spirit, support and success for all kids. We are so happy there, it's the best school on the UWS.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2014
As a parent, 3yrs ago FMHS was not a school I listed on my child's HS application. At that time, I so FMHS as a dangerous school for many reasons. The scanners were distasteul, a failing school still occupying the Brandies bldg and FMHS just being open for 1 year were all things that kept me from listing FMHS. HOWEVER, 3yrs later my child is a VERY HAPPY, MOTIVATED, ENGAGED AND CONFIDENT young lady because of FMHS. Our 3 yrs experience with FMHS has been an AMAZING journey so far. FMHS STAFF AND PTA GROUP are filled with CARING, DEDICTED AND COMMITTED people. The school is not just a bldg filled with children and staff, it is a FAMILY. I can say that once your child passes thru the scanners they are welcomed into classrooms of teachers who embrace them with knowledge not only textbook material but I see how the teachers and children interact about non educational material. THANKS to FMHS for making our first 3 years of HS a memorable journey.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2014
My son's school is a place where learning is embrace in a spirit of cooperation. The students to engage themselves in the learning process with out fear of punishment. A very college like learning style yet very rigorous academics. The students are encourage to think and also to be kind. It is almost unreal that they have been able to have a happy balance of high expectations with out the threat of the ruler.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2014
Great communication between school and parents!! love this school. the PTA is doing a great job

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2013
Frank McCourt High School, located on the 3rd floor of the former Brandeis High School on Manhattan's Upper West side, is entering its 4th year and will soon have its first graduating class. The school offers its students a full range of clubs and other programs including its renowned art program. As a parent of a 10th grader at the school I have found the teachers and the administration to be responsive and helpful. The PTA is entering its 2nd full year of existence and is already providing the support that one would expect an established PTA to provide to the school and its students.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2013
This a great new school, the teachers are very interesting in help the students to achieves their goals.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2013
A great school. A nice community of parents and teachers. An interesting and rigorous curriculum. I am so glad my son got into this high school.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2013
This school is a great community for students because all the staff and students are very welcoming and friendly.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2013
FANTASTIC! This school really challenges kids and helps them achieve their goals! I highly recommend it!

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2013
My son is a senior at Frank McCourt and will be in the first graduating class. Frank McCourt is a small school, which makes it easy to get individualized attention. Ms. Houlihan in the college office has been wonderful at introducing a variety of schools and options, and at helping kids (and pushing them!) to get their applications ready. My son has had a great experience here. I can only imagine that Frank McCourt will get even better every year.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2013
My daughter will be in the first graduating class 2014 from Frank McCourt HS, Initially my concerns were there would be alot of confusion and misinformation as we all know happens wih new ventures. A big issue for me was the fact Frank McCourt would be housed with a problematic school that was being and has been phase out and had medal detectors, which was a problem for us. with all the things that has happened in our schools.i now see the detectors as a big plus, safety!! However, im please to say that my experince with Frank McCourt HS has been great., As for the staff and curriculum i can say that i am pleased we choose this school, the hands on appraoch and the high expectations required i know we choose a winner! I see only great things and give Frank McCourt H.S. my highest recommendation!

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2013
The school is quite amazing. It prepares us for college and for the amount of work we will receive in college. At times, school works can be difficult but it leads us to be a successful student. This school gave me amazing

- submitted by a student
September 27, 2013
My daughter is in 11th grade. While admittedly there are some behavior problems at the school, overall is a nice school and because of its size, my daughter has gotten a lot of support and encouragement from most of her teachers. She has blossomed academically.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
As a parent of a freshman student, I have been pleasantly surprised at how well this school communicates with parents regarding everything. I almost feel as if I'm back in school. Messages are returned in a timely manner and all of my inquiries have been sufficiently answered.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
It is a challenging school. I like that way that they push the kids to think outside the box.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
I love that we have an amazing choice of electives in 11th and 12th grades. Students are really involved in shaping the school from being the School Ambassadors to participating in the teachers' hiring process. Having an advisory is both fun and helpful. Challenging upper house courses are offered in a variety of subjects.

- submitted by a student
September 26, 2013
This is our first year at Frank McCourt High School and so far I can say that it has been a great experience. I look forward to seeing how the school year goes, but my son seems very happy with his classwork and has made a lot of new friends already. The PTA also seems really involved which I think is key to developing a successful school.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
My son just started 9th grade in this school, and I have to say I have never seen him this happy EVER! School environment is great, and the integration of Math and Science makes it very interesting for the students to apply the concept to actual word situations. He was very excited of a school class where they were going to measure the heart beats and compare them as normal and while watching a horror movie scene. He feels secure in his school and had made many friends in the month of school.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
no place would give as much attention and care and thought to each student as Frank McCourt does!

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
I think the school is good but... there are some things regarding this school that make you scratch your head and ask why. First being the principal, she is definitely not approachable and I don't feel she cares about what parents or students concerns are, on the other hand I have had better success with the assistant principal Ms. Marchetti ( I personally think she is the better fit for running the school..just my opinion). Second is the guidance counselors, any time I call they don't seem to know much about my child. Lastly why doesn't anyone pick up the phone there? I can never get anyone on the phone, the main number just goes to a voicemail and calls are never returned.. I think it is a good mix of kids but

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
Frank McCourt is a wonderful school on the upper west side. The principal, Danielle Salzberg is an amazing educator. The teaching staff is young and terrific. I love the fact that the kids can design their own schedules in 11th and 12th grade.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
My son just started 9th grade at Frank McCourt. He loves it and I so far I am very impressed. I had a question and got an immediate email response followed by a phone call from his advisor. The classes are small and my son mad friends in the first week. They have a lot of group projects which forces the kids to get to know each other - and work together - so no one feels left out. The also are part of a terrific website called JumpRope. You can log on everyday and see your child's attendance, grades and homework. I like to be able to know what's going on without being a nag. The are a lot of clubs you can join which take place during school hours. It's just the beginning of the year, will post more as time goes on.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
This is a small, supportive school of very dedicated and capable instructors. The principal is interested in each student. The space is welcoming and clean. I highly recommend Frank McCourt High School to any student interested in the liberal arts.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
The school is a new school the first graduating class will be on 2014. Kids love the school and classes are small comparing with other public schools. Kids keep their advisors from the freshman year until graduation. Teachers are dedicated to the students and some of them reply emails regarding homework after school hours. Mr. Perry is the greatest! we all love him he is a awesome teacher.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
My daughter is a sophomore, this wasn't her first choice school, it was actually her last choice, but she seems to like it a lot, she's made lot's of friends, participates on the sports teams and the school work is challenging. The thing she hates the most is the scanning especially since they've separated the boys from the girls. The girl line is always longer, while the boys line is always empty.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
Very committed to imparting the best education to its students. No history of bulling or conflicting interaction among the kids. Openly recommended.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
Frank McCourt is very new small and growing every year. The staff is always accessible and when you speak to the principle she knows each and every child. A city school with a small town feel. Even though I know here in the city we need the metal detectors for the students and safety it doesn't stop me from wishing we didn't need them. An improvement would entail, in my opinion, more exercise and activity during the school day. In the end what's important is that my son feels comfortable there and a sense of community.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2013
My child is a freshman at this school and although it was not his first choice, he's happy. It was a rough start the first couple of days, sharing the entrance with two other schools but it's easier now that he has an ID card. I can't understand why they don't use the entrance on 85th Street. He especially likes the Integrated Math & Science class (Math is his favorite subject). I went to the first PTA meeting and the PTA President is so enthusiastic, great energy. So far, so good. I think this school may be NYC's best kept secret...

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2013
this school is awesome. I came here from westmont and the quality of friends is very different.

- submitted by a student
June 24, 2013
my school is an average high school nothing more, nothing less. the worst part of school is the scanning and metal detectors.

- submitted by a student
June 21, 2013
There are some individually committed teachers but the principal is aloof and disengaged from parents and not friendly to the students.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2013
It is inconsistent, teachers are unreliable and its still in the process of becoming a better school.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2013
While I agree this school has the ingredients for success, our experience has not shown the administration or teachers are putting those ingredients together well. With many kids leaving, especially the junior class, families are turing to transfer schools or homeschooling to salvage transcripts for kids who are college material. The integrated programs fail to cover all material for success on regents. Young staff struggle w/ classroom management. Discipline is arbitrary and retaliatory. The math/science program, while better staffed this year, still leaves much to be desired. The principal, while intelligent and visionary, is generally unresponsive to parents and not staffing to meet the needs of the families. I hesitate to post this, knowing there will be backlash, however it is a disservice to prospective families not to warn of the potential damage this school can inflict on their student's college prospects. When my student was recommended to take the ELA regents in 10th grade, we were thrilled, until the grade came back...passing but hardly the level of the 4's on state tests in middel school. The response was "look, she passed!" That should not be the goal in my opinion.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2012
This school is a little gem. Smart, young, enthusiastic teachers, excellent principal and assistant principal, mostly nice kids. It all adds up to a warm, supportive community. Plus the building offers many resources (cheerful classrooms, modern science labs, gym and auditorium) and is in a great neighborhood close to public transportation. My son just started at this school and he likes it very much. He's happy with his teachers, is learning a lot, and has made a lot of friends.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2011
A very nice and warm atmosphere. Teachers are helpful and the administration very dynamic. Safe environment and I like the scanners. The students can't take their cells to school so they can focus more on their work. The old generations survived without cells. I don't see the big deal. I don't mind the charter school moving in. Young children will make the campus more lively.

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Frank Mccourt High School
145 W 84th St, New York, NY  10024
(212) 362-2015
Last modified Frank Mccourt High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-10. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Frank Mccourt High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 42 reviews. Top