Students enrolled 61
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School leader MR. PETER KARP
Transportation options Yes
District New York City Geographic District # 2
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345 E 15th St
New York, NY 10003

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5 stars
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June 28, 2014
:D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D I am a student at ICE, and so far, it has been amazing. I had already been used to this sort of teaching style, but for some people who came from a more "organized" teaching style, the change could be difficult at first. 6TH GRADE IS IMPOSSIBLE. EXCEPT STRESS! the work is fair, but the change from 5th to 6th grade is very stressful. 7th grade work is much harder than 6th grade work, but it sure does not feel like it. 7th grade was easy, as long as you stay on top of your work. The middle school band wins many awards, and the teachers are amazing. Enough for me to not just become a student, but to have regular conversations with one as if they were a friend. So, if you can, this school is amazing. :D

- submitted by a community member
June 28, 2014
This is a great school. There is so much attention and guidence that is given from the staff and student body. My daugther was lucky enough to get transferred in 7th grade. The transition was tough on her but ICE took the time to work with her and provide the proper tutorials and motivation. I am proud to say the she is now entering 10th grade and has a good grasp on the work at hand. ICE makes learning interactive and fun.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2013
I am a parent of a ICE graduate. We moved across country to NYC as our son entered Junior year (not a fun time to transition). However ICE students from all levels welcomed our son. Teachers and advisers worked hard to guide him through the differences in the way ICE directs and guides students to complete and excel in their studies. Our son has made good strong friends at ICE in the Administration, Teaching teams and Students of various age groups.

- submitted by a community member
September 26, 2013
We just moved back to New York from Europe and we found I.C.E. after a long search. We consider ourselves lucky. The teachers are dedicated, knowledgable and energetic, the parents are involved and supportive, and the students have the chance to develop their individuality and critical thinking. The work is demanding, but the teachers really know how to engage their students and the atmosphere at this school is all around supportive and positive.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2013
Having crash-landed in ICE from a far different world (New Eng. Preps), it takes some real concentration under a foreign lens and a selfless focus to portray this school as a "great" one. But I've managed. I came in with a fear of how misleading a public school other than the tops can be in my road to college and beyond. I felt that a temporarily satisfying blend with the kids here would eviscerate my prep school norms and values, throwing away everything from my ties to my intellectual taste. But by May of that year, it had hit me that the school stood strong . Its philosophical approach to a liberal style of learning doesn't stay too artsy and the environment is one where success isn't socially hindered. The kids, pieced by a rarely, significantly diverse body, have a positive approach to their lives (with a few exceptions). The teachers ARE there to help you, actually no kidding. There is potential in that aging 5th floor of the old Stuy building. Given more funding and resources, the school WILL thrive and its unorthodox system can prove to succeed. Many other lame, minority-become-majority dominated schools are trounced by ICE, which is fortified by a welcoming yet firm comm.

- submitted by a community member
April 26, 2012
The teachers are great and kind, it's advanced, but not too hard, the perfect school, but hard to get into. this school should be 1st place in a list of the best schools of Manhattan. Great place.

- submitted by a community member
April 30, 2011
ICE is a great school. All of the teachers are very loving to each and every single one of their students. Not a single student is left out. The principal is outstanding. Very loving,kind, sweet. gentle, and funny. Every morning he stands outside the school greeting students as they get to school. Being in ICE is being a part of a family. The classes are amazing. The staff offers after school tutoring for those who need it. Everyone feels welcome in ICE. ICE handles it's responsibilities very well. Everyone is equally treated and taken care of at ICE.

- submitted by a community member
April 17, 2011
Unfortunately, the 6th grade teachers, in particular the humanities and math teachers are lacking. The kids love them, but can they teach?

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2011
Absolutely top notch teachers and curriculum. The school itself (on the top two floors of the old Stuyvesant High School) is a bit "dog-eared" and could use some sprucing up. The class assignments (most often collaborative projects, hence the name) are consistently sophisticated and challenging. The school is not interested in standardized testing and to its credit does not "teach to the test." They teach students to think, not to memorize and regurgitate.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2010
Top class teachers and working environment for kids. No teaching to the test, the children learn what they need to not what looks good on standardized tests.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 10, 2010
This is a school that teaches kids HOW to think, not WHAT to think.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2010
The school has an impressive curriculum, great teachers and an awesome principal but the best thing about it is: they teach our children to take on a difficult assignment and complete it- ON THEIR OWN.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2010
The combination of bright, dedicated teachers, a caring principal (all of whom go above and beyond their call of duty) as well as small class sizes make for a great learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 06, 2010
Friendly-warm setting, teachers are great, school is different from other schools- they use different techniques to teach students in a way that is more interesting to them

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 05, 2010
small class sizes, project-based assessments instead of tests, strong community -- great school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2010
Great project-based learning, phenomenal teachers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2010
ICE gives students responsibility for their learning. Students complete meaningful homework that challenges their thinking.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2010
I love ICE because the teachers are so dedicated. Teachers at ICE truly want their children to succeed and are there first thing in morning and stay way after the day ends. Communication between parents and teachers are helpful and prompt. John Pettinato, the principal, is wonderful and reachable. He loves his school and it shows in all ways.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 01, 2010
This school makes thinkers!

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2010
A supportive, noncompetitive environment. Fosters creative thinking. Some outstanding teachers.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2010
Great concept, dedicated teacher, collaborative learning, successesful students

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2010
There is always someone there to listen to you. Teachers are very dedicated. More focus on the student and helping them rather then the test scores and making your school get more money.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2010
The school encourages students to participate in their education and develop initiative and independent thinking; especially encouraging girls. Excellent teachers, inviting parents involvement.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 29, 2010
We love the inclusive culture at ICE.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2010
It is a great school where my son learns within an an environment that encourages him to think independently.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 29, 2010
I love this school because they love our kids. The teaching is innovative and creative and the students learn to read and write critically.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 29, 2010
It is a small personal school where all the teachers and administrators know my children. My children love going to school and that is half the battle.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 29, 2010
A wonderfully warm environment that is both rigorous and nurturing, where students are treated as individuals and held to high standards through the support of wonderful teachers and administration. The principal is passionate and dedicated!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2010
It's the sense of community, the rigor of the curriculum and the smile it puts on our daughter's face every day!

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2010
I cant imagine why any family would not want to have their children attend ICE. The school is phenomenal in every way. Classes are small. Children get individual attention. The teachers do everything possible to encourage learning. The students feel comfortable confiding in the teachers, many of whom become mentors.The school tries to accommodate different learning sensibilities. Children feel safe and respected. There is a strong sense of community. The nature of the academics is about learning and investigation - not memorization. The education is not static. This place is extraordinary!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2010
This is an extraordinary place. Students are engaged and feel empowered. The academics are rigorous and the school has a wonderful sense of community.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2010
ICE is a unique 6th - 12th grade public school. It is a diverse community of caring educators and motivated students. Small class sizes, dedicated teachers collaborate so that there is a common thread that ties math to science to humanities to spanish, etc. Students are safe and free to express themselves. I have seen my daughter blossom from a shy, quiet 6th grader to a confident young lady able to debate a topic in front of the student body.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2010
ICE is a dynamic public school that encourages varied approaches to learning and celebrates the individual student without bias.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2010
dedicated teachers and administration, some of which have literally dedicated their lives to helping NYC youth break the mold.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 28, 2010
ICE fosters student's independent thought and creativity in a spirited learning environment. Children have the opportunity to express themselves and are appreciated for their unique personalities and ideas.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2010
Alternative education for New York City kids that teach them how to think for themselves.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2010
Students, staff and parents ALL work together to make this an exciting and productive educational community. Students challenge and support each other, teachers help students beyond regular school hours and many parents are actively involved in the curriculum, either in the form of Advisories, which link the teaching staff with the rest of the parent community or through aiding the teachers in assessment. There is great trust and understanding of the progressive philosophy maintained this school, which provides a world-ready education, far above the yardstick of standardized testing.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2010
ICE provides an excellent education to a diverse group of kids from all parts of this city- The teachers, staff, parents and students truly work together to help see to it that these kids receive an excellent education and they all leave ICE ready and able to make wise choices in the very callenging environment that they face when they graduate. ICE turns out serious thinkers, great writers, incredible public speakers- This school as truly figured out what a modern, urban public school should look ,and how to get the very best out of the entire shcool community for the good of the kids. A really wonderful place.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2010
I have 2 children in this school, 6th and 9th grade. More than being just about educating, ICE is truly about learning. As children take an active part in the process, they become enthusiastic and passionate about learning and the pursuit of knowledge.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 27, 2010
It is a school that has to potential to prepare our students for a productive future living in America.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 27, 2010
ICE is a uniquely creative, inspiring, nurturing and challenging school. Exceptionally dedicated teachers and staff.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 27, 2010
Great teachers. AMAZING Principal. Love the communauty sprirt... My kids are happy to get up in the morning to go to school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 27, 2010
ICE is a small school where the staff care greatly about the kids' personal and intellectual development and encourage them to express themselves. There is no 'teaching to the test' - small classes and excellent teachers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 27, 2010
The teachers are extraordinary!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 27, 2010
I love ICE for its progressive attitude toward testing being a secondary concern to real education and the building of intellect.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 27, 2010
Teachers are really for the students and parents. No grades, no standards on test, Principle great energy. Beginning of the year, two weeks of getting to know you, each other built in each individual.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2010
This school nurtures the individual and praises a free thinker! Many different ways of learning and expressing ideas are what the school is saying to our children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 27, 2010
The warmth of the teachers, parents and student body radiates immediately when you walk in to the school. The curriculum is child centered. The kids "own" their learning and are taught how it integrates in to the world around them and in their every day lives. The students LOVE their teachers. At the town meeting at the first week of school, the teachers were greeting like "rock stars".

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating December 20, 2009
My granddaugher started the 8th grade at ICE this year. She says it's the best yr of her life because of ICE! It's academically challenging & fun..

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 07, 2009
My son, Dylan Greenberg, is a 7th grader at I.C.E. These are his words: I'm voting for I.C.E. not just because it is my school, but for many other reasons as well. Compared to more traditional schools, I.C.E. is extremely unique. I.C.E. is not trying to fit me into a mold of basic learning that you get in every other school. It's classes are very interactive. In all my classes we get to do activities related to what we're learning. Our science class is great, because we get to do all of our science experiments ourselves. Our electives are excellent. All of my friends look forward to elective on every day that we have it. I do, as well. My elective is economics. The economics class gets to learn about advertising and marketing, as well as how our economy is worsening, and how it can get better. I really like filmmaking, and I volunteered to make a movie for economics and the teacher let me do that as my project. In humanities, we are reading Animal Farm. Instead of just reading it and taking notes, we're writing fictional propaganda for some of the characters. Town Meeting is fun. I get to see things other people made and it's interesting. I feel like I'm really included in the school.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2009
An amazing school with small classes that gives to and asks of its students their best.

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2009
Incredible, dedicated teachers; hands-on/meaningful learning; rigorous, interesting curriculum that fosters in-depth understanding; diverse, respectful community of learners, educators, and families

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 06, 2009
It's progressive and fun. The curriculum inspires creativity and the teachers and administrators are so dedicated.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 05, 2009
Great teachers taht take the time to care about the kids they teach.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 05, 2009
All the schools I researched in NYC for my kids to attend,I.C.E. has the best representation preparing kids for future. Energetic, positive, dedicated teachers!! Teachers have great communication with kids. It is wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 05, 2009
The Teachers. ICE is a tiny school barely 400 kids in grades 6-12, but they have made a commitment to small class size. In order to keep classes small the teachers do double and triple duty not only teaching expert and interesting classes and tutoring, they head clubs and sports, and help with administrative tasks. Many leave school well into the evening. They are a truly dedicated bunch.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 05, 2009
It is a fantastic school with small classes, dedicated teachers, a diverse student body and an amazing principal. Go ICE!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 05, 2009
Because my son, who hated school, never hated to go to I.C.E. and learn, and because of the founder and principal, John Pettinato, who is a miracle worker!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2009
caring and attentive to the individual needs/capabilities of each student

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2009
ICE is like no other public school. The teachers know each student academically, socially and emotionally. The support and caring for each other, and for the entire family, at the school is amazing.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2009
It's an always galvanizing combination of Sesame St (PG-13 edition) and Welcome Back Kotter. It's run on well placed rubberbands, salvaged batteries, the mighty, mighty efforts of a small, amazing staff, the harnessed energy of 400 some NYC public school kids, and occasional pennies offered up by cash-strapped parents. My seventh grader is reading Hobbes and Rosseau...my husband didn't read them 'til college...I'm not sure I read them at all!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2009
ICE has many wonderful attributes. One is that both my children LOVE to go to school. That could not be said for their elementary school. The humanities and science program are strong, as is the music department. Creativity is cherished in all subject areas and the school does do not teach to the test. Therefore, my children are learning how to learn and enjoying the process. They are learning a lot about whatever subject they tackle. And I should not forget to mention the wonderful, dedicated teachers who inspire them to reach their potential.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2009
amazingly dedicated and energetic teachers do a great job of harnessing student energy (and there is a lot of it). despite the small student body, each child seems able to find their niche and to find acceptance and support from all the others - a message of compassion that comes from the top down. my daughter and i are both excited about the curriculum, which promotes critical thinking every step of the way. and she continues to flourish in math and science!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2009
The principle and the teachers really love our kids! My son has never loved a school or teachers as much as he does at ICE. He has blossomed since we moved here from australia and is taking school and learning much more seriously now. The teachers at ICE create a fun and exciting learning environment for the children. But not only do the teachers enjoy what they are doing (and it shows) but they are there to provide support for the kids after school every single day and evening. Thank you ICE! We think you are great!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2009
ICE prepares kids for real work both college and beyond.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2009
It is a smart, creative, interesting and challenging environment. The project work makes learning active and engaging.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2009
Innovation, creative thinking and independence are on top of the school's priorities. Great school!

- submitted by a community member
no rating November 04, 2009
Small classes, enthusiastic teachers who know how to instill a love for learning. The kids show improvement in self esteem, confidence and maturity directly related to how they are treated and respected by their teachers. My son is flourishing in this environment and showing a renewed sense of self and joy I haven't seen in him since the schools started teaching to tests. At ICE they teach learning and life lessons that are vital to his future.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2009
All the kids are part of a great community. They are very committed staff and the kids love it.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2009
ICE is the place where each and every student has the opportunity to become a great thinker and a great person, and the teachers are amazing!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2009
ICE is an amazing school that nurtures a kids creativity while building heaps of confidence through experiential learning, lots of support from smart, caring teachers!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2009
great educators, unusual curriculum, small class-size!! LOVE FOR TEENAGERS

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2009
I.C.E. teachers are amazing! My son is thriving at this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2009
The teachers dedication and the way they challenge the students on every level.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2009
The teachers are inspirational. They manage to build up the students in a very positive way.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2009
Rich in community spirit and a tremendous respect for the individual made possible by small class sizes and extremely dedicated teachers. My daughter is in her 7th year at ICE. It is her home away from home--a rigorously academic and nurturing place where she has transformed from a child to a young adult ready for college and beyond.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2009
The school urges students to be independent thinkers. Lots of creative challenges in every subject. The great sense of community urges students to take risks and express freely. At the same time they are supportive of others who may have differences. My son loves to go to school everyday! The teachers are so caring and passionate.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2009
I think the education our children receive prepares them for the real world, not just passing tests

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2009
ICE has the most dedicated teachers in all of NYC!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2009
The teachers are very caring and my child has been learning so much.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2009
The teachers and principal of this school really care and understand each student. They go that extra mile for the benefit of the students. Best school environment!!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2009
It is awesome! The teachers and kids are all awesome!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2009
We're a huge family here! My students and colleagues always make me smile and work together to make all sorts of wonderful things happen!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2009
The school is a member for The Coalition of Essential Schools. It is community of students, parents, teachers, administrators and partners in the community working together to provide a truly 'collaborative' education for NYC students.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2009
I love this school. It always keeps me connected to my childs work. The teachers are amazing and are easy to get ahold of when you need them, especially Imani Matthews. My child loves this school and its curriculum and this is one of the best schools shes gone to.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2009
the teachers and crew really care, its a great school.!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2009
I am so happy my child gets to go to this school. It is a small community with dedicated and inspired teachers who really do what they can for each

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 03, 2009
Thoughtful, creative education, not just rote learning. Individual attention from nurrturing teachers.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2009
An innovative and creative school. Small class sizes and teachers and administration that are dedicated to the educating the whole student. Students learn through project work, not being drilled to take tests.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 03, 2009
Dedicated & creative staff invest in our children's success. They take interest in each individual and help them demonstrate their knowledge and talents through far more meaningful endeavors than test-taking.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 03, 2009
A quirky, supportive atmosphere with quirky, supportive, overly intelligent teachers.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2009
It brings the best in the children in a non-competitive way. The teachers are creative and original and the kids develop the same way. They are all very proud of their school and helpful of their schoolmates.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 03, 2009
passionate teachers and staff dedicated to bringing the most and best out of all their students and to making them great thinkers while respecting their personalities and individualities.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
Unlike many schools, ICE is run for the children,not for the staff or administration. My son, who hated his traditional elementary school, now loves to go to school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 04, 2009
Great, dedicated, supportive teachers and administration!

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2009
There is a collegiate atmosphere at the school that is hard to come by. The teachers make their classes interesting and relevant. The students work hard but have fun too.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 22, 2009
when we were looking for a middle school for my son, we went on a tour at ICE. i met an 11th grader who was working at school, after the school day. i asked him what he thought of ICE and he said it was the best school he had ever been to and he wished he had had all his school years there. (he had transfered from another school in 10th grade) that was it for me... my son had the most wonderful teachers. the principal, John is a wonderful caring guy, who greets all his students each morning. its like being part of a big family. terrific school.

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2008
ICE is the best school around the Lower East Side. The teachers are friendly and the environment is clean and nice. If you are just going to the school you will feel right at home and make some friends right away.

- submitted by a student
January 09, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2003
ICE has the most committed group of teachers I have ever seen. It offers a challenging, project-based curriculum -- the literture and social studies curricula are organized around broad themes. Instead of 'getting through' material by reading chapters in a textbook filled with facts, students take a question and study it deeply from various angles. ICE does not give standard A,B,C,D,F grades. Itstead, teachers report on whether students 'met standards' or not. The school year is divided into four cycles, at the end of which students are assessed. Each cycle culminates in a project which is designed to pull together everything that the student has learned during that cycle. The end-of-year project in each subject area is extensive and quite a challenge. Class size is low; the tradeoff is that there are few extras and the school often runs out of basic supplies like paper. 100% of ICE's graduates go to college.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
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