Students enrolled 100
Hours 8:15 AM - 4:00 PM
School leader DR. OLGA LIVANIS
Transportation options Yes
District New York City Geographic District # 1
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111 Columbia St
New York, NY 10002

(212) 677-5190
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4 stars
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September 29, 2013
Quickly became the best public school in New York City, Mostly due to intelligent and hard working children; and some of the most dedicated parents.

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September 26, 2013
I am a parent of 2 children in Middle School. I am thrilled my kids go here! No school is perfect, however, the curriculum and teacher quality is strong and the teaching is solid. They have the students' best interest in focus and I consider this school to be a great foundation for the rest of their lives. Science, technology and math are in the name of the school and I am grateful they are learning these subjects on a high level but the music, theater and art departments are equally as strong providing a balanced education for students. Definitely a STEAM approach. I don't know if schools that offer Arts as their strength would offer science and math as stongly. No talent areas, no majoring in a specific area at the age of 11, 12 and 13 years old, just a balanced approach to teaching it all at a high level so they have the tools to make those decisions and choices later. That's what is important to me about this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2013
My school is the absolute best of the best! My child is so excited to go every morning and loves to learn. The teachers are the best in breed and committed to each and every child! The ciriculum challenges every child to move up to the next level.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2013
This school has inspired me to pick it because it has very teacher quialtiy for challenging the students to a very high level.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2012
This school is absolutely the best of the best! My daughter is in the middle school and she's surrounded by excellent teachers and very motivated, focused and talented students. On top of their excellent core curriculum, it's a pleasant surprise that they have amazing art, music, theatre and sports program.

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2012
Excellent elementary and middle school, fantastic teachers, challenging curriculum; room for improvement in science in elementary school

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2012
Excellent education, teachers, sports, music, art, etc. Definitely for smart kids who are hardworking, with the maturity and the willingness to do a lot of homework. We wish we had known then that the grades from the regents subjects and foreign language go on the permanent transcript for college, so my daughter and some of her friends are still trying to make up for their less than stellar Nest classroom grades as they enter senior year, despite top regents and test scores.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2012
I have been a parent at NEST+M since the first day they opened their doors. Both my son and my daughter have had an amazing educational experience at NEST+M. The teachers really care about their students and their dedication is apparent in the positive educational experience each child receives. The PTA is a powerful entity in the school. The PTA has spearheaded many initiatives at NEST+m. They welcome volunteers with open arms and the everyone works together for the better of the school. The Adminstration works closely with the PTA and that shows in the sucess of NEST+M. I would also like to applaud the efforts of each and every person who works at NEST+M in saying without all of you NEST+M would not be the successful and beautiful school it is today. I would be remiss if I didnt take a moment to mention that it has been my experience that NEST+M has by far the most helpful and gracious office staff! Keep up the great work NEST+M!

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2012
NEST+M IS AMAZING. IT HAS SUPPORTIVE STUDENTS AND TEACHERS .IT HAS TAUGHT ME A LOT AND I LOVE NEST.

- submitted by a community member
March 21, 2012
My daughter has been going to Nest for three years. She's in 2nd grade and we have had an incredible experience with this school. So far my daughter has had three amazing teachers and is flourishing in a safe and joyful environment where she is taught to think critically and developing high standards for her classwork. The communication with the school is excellent and the PTA is very involved and welcoming to all. The best thing about the school is the incredible diversity. There are literally children from every culture and community you can imagine at this school.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2012
My son went there for Middle school. This is one of the best school not for only education also make the student as a better person. Kids are also happy to be there.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2012
I've been a student in NEST for quite some time over 6 years...For me it was not only challenging but allowed me to think for myself. I notice and see my advantage over new students coming in that I am already ahead in courses and pretty much a few requirements left for an advanced diploma in 10th grade ( now 2012) The staff is a blast to work with as I organized an entire club for the school working with the city in less than a day. Classes have around 20 students, and for me are all mixed race, age and gender. Most students are all willing to try and learn, students in class are focused and participating ( even cool kids :) They offer a wide variety of sports and activities that we often stay on the top of city-wide...like in track, baseball...ect Teachers are persistant, they are willing to help you learn and succeed, I have a teacher willing to stay hours everyday almost to help even 1 student, and more cases like that. So I really love NEST, it is a safe and comfortable environment that allows students to work independently and together as well. thanks NEST!

- submitted by a community member
September 26, 2011
Every parent and child we met seemed driven for the right reasons. And the teachers are capable and striving for excellence.

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2011
We absolutely love NEST. We drive our kids in from Staten Island every morning so that they can get a quality education from teachers who truly care about kids. As a past educator myself I have witnessed teachers that are there just for the paycheck and the summer's off but at NEST they go the extra mile to allow our kids to be among the best of the best.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2011
We were torn because we have an older child at another public school, but NEST+m is amazing. the children learn at a very accelerated pace, but they are up for it. you will be shocked to see what your K child is capable of learning. the school is rigid, but that's what kind of parent i am anyway.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2010
NEST+m is the best in the city!!! and it is a big city...

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no rating October 24, 2010
The education that the kids are receiving is exceptional. The teachers are wonderful and the children adore them. Since this is a school for gifted and talented children, the children are learning at a much faster pace than other schools. We are extremely happy with the education that our daughter is receiving at NEST+m.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2010
excellent academics and nice facilities

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2010
The best education children learn to excell. It is a gifted talented school, teachers are friendly and willing to stay that extra time to help.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2010
The teachers CARE! Nuff' said, but I'll add more. The school has as effective and vigorous PTA and general parent involvement as any of the best examples in the country. And the kid's love it there- at all grades!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 24, 2010
NEST+m has vibrant, caring and dedicated teachers.

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March 03, 2010
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February 17, 2010
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- submitted by a student
February 17, 2010
I love my schools so much, and out of all my schools (i've been to five) I think NEST+m is the best school ever, I even look forward to going to it on the weekends (even though weekends rock!) The teachers are young, (no one over 40...at least for middle school) and very very experienced and smart, one teacher even left for Medical school. Sending your kid to NEST+m is the best choice! GO NEST!!!!!!!

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January 03, 2010
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December 08, 2009
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September 24, 2009
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- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 20, 2009
This school is smart and small community. Our school is small and needs a better building for full potential,

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
This school is the best in NYC, according to the most recent test scores. Its teachers are terrific and the student population is diverse and do not exude the airs of some other gifted schools.

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June 24, 2009
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- submitted by a student
May 01, 2009
It's a great school. The teachers are awesome!

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January 10, 2009
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October 22, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2008
I've been attending this school since the 6th grade and i just entered my freshman year. 6th grade was my hardest year, but the school itself was amazing. After getting a new principal the Middle School has been extremely unorganized and has not been paid enough attention to. The High School and Lower School are much more organized and are good places to send your kids, although the Upper School is extremely overcrowded, with classes reaching up to 34 students when some have only 10

- submitted by a student
March 26, 2008
Love this school. My child started kindergarten this year at Nest and the work is very challenging. There are so many extras that keep the kids engaged like dance, music, art and chess. My daughter is happy and loves going to school every day. I guess my only criticism would be that they go a little easier on the kindergartners and focus more on socialization and play.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 22, 2008
We only have been in the school for less than a year but so far, I am not impressed. Math and Science, Art and English are not challenging at all. Teachers and PTA are great and have the children at heart. Hope the level of the school will improve in the year to come. Transportation is really a problem if you don't leave in NYC and the PTA and Administration are absolutly not receptive to any request from the parent. Sad but true for a lot of project.

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January 02, 2008
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September 23, 2007
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August 09, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2007
Our experience in the lower school this past year has been close to excellent. Although the new administration is not as outspoken as the previous one they have made many significant changes that I feel have imporoved the school significantly. The instroduction of 'clusters' where children may select a focus of study was both successful and rewarding. Languages are being introduced next year in the lower school which is somethng the old administration did not feel was necessary and bringing back on site after school will accomadate many working families. I also beleive we are in good hands in regards to the state wide curriculum change integrating science into the classroom. I believe the principal's background in this subject will certainly benifit the school.

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2007
NEST+M is the best school in New York City. First of all, all schools should have seemless curriculums, because this builds up the child's knowledge. NEST is the only school in NYC that provides Singapore Math to all children in the lower school, and I chose NEST for this reason. I dont believe that any other kind of math is good for building competence and confidence in math for the rest of the academic career. The Principal is brilliant and weaving her way through exteme BOE dictates while improving every aspect of the school. Bravo! The building and gym as well as dance room/music room are clean and well-lit, and we are extremely happy.

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2007
I was also eager to give the new principal a chance, but can now say that she is terrible at leadership, communication and management. This is not the same school. There is no longer any discipline. Before, if your child was in trouble or having difficulties, a note went home with the parent and the situation was immediatly addressed . This is no longer happens for any circumstance. I am concerned about safety next year when they increase the overall capacity of upperschool by 150 students.

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2007
We are a family that fought to give this administration a chance. We did, now can give a fair account of their leadership skills. Sorry, not good! The old administration told it like it was, if you don't like it, leave. But it was the truth, no surprises, goodorbad. This administration hangs a carrot in front of you, having you believe they will come through but never do. They feel no need to respond to questions or concerns. There is such a disregard toward parents, but worse, toward the children. Say they want parent participation,then take over with no regard for anyone but themselves, with no communication and lack of appreciation. They take over projects with ill results and expect gratitude.

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May 11, 2007
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October 01, 2006
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- submitted by a staff
May 11, 2006
Despite of name, math and science in school are very basic. Overall school's arrangement suits girls better then boys, which means that many boys are leaving the school. It is a bit unexpected for math and technology specialization.

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April 12, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2006
NEST has been great for my child. He loves all the field trips they take. He loves his teacher, who is energetic and completely dedicated.

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2005
My 5 year old daughter started in kindergarten this year at NEST and she loves it. The transition to kindergarten is a difficult one and hers was very smooth. She was supported when she felt nervous and pushed to overcome her nervousness in very appropriate ways. The work load has been perfectly appropriate and it is thrilling to see her deveopment. The 'specials' have been wonderful - music, art, gym, language arts, dance and science. Overall she is thriving. The administration is not very accessible and is definitely onthe defensive side, but the teachers are very accessible and the administration does listen to parents concerns - you just have to figure out the best way to approach them!

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November 30, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2005
My son is thriving at NEST and thinks it is 'the best school in the world.' They are really teaching him how to THINK and how to research. The level of parent involvement is amazing. His teacher is a smart, dedicated and warm professional who is 100% on the ball.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2005
The school has amazing facilities, good academics, and an orderly but not amazingly supprotive atmosphere overall. My child's teachers (kindergarten and first grade) have been quite good. They definitely keep an orderly, quiet and friendly work environment - though not an exgtremely high level of excitement about the academics - at least as my child is concerned. The school's approach is a bit rigid in that they want all kids to develop at the same rate academically. However, overall I have found the school environment safe and conducive to learning. The homework is substantial, but not unbearable. The administration does not communicate in the best way with the school community, but I personally haven't had any problems. There is a very good chess program and other extracurricular activities though no regular afterschool program for lower school kids which is a problem for many.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2005
I love this school. I know that it can be crazy, but my son loves school and the teachers are wonderful. What more could you want out of a public school?

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2005
My child is in second grade and is receiving a stellar education and loves school. Her writing and math scores have improved by leaps and bounds and her love of learning and sense of discipline is fantastic. I couldn't be happier.

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no rating June 23, 2005
unbearable academic environment, forget nurturing of kids - but there is no nurturing of love of learning - jump from one test to the next - nothing is taught in context. teachers are not terribly talented as teachers. teachers have to be willing to buy into educational style or leave. serious growning pains occuring. never experienced such a disenchanted parent body. there is no humanity or soul to the school at all. the kids on a whole are a pretty great bunch though and my child would be very sad to leave them.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2005
Academic scores are great. Students have lots of homework. Music, Dance, Art okay, but not big on sports or gym time. Opportunities for parent volunteers at events/fundraisers, expected to contribute financially every year and PTA is a bit of a clique after witnessing elections. Heard kids are switching to Stuyvesant?

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2005
Very disappointing. The academics are fine, but the children are treated very badly, The administration is unable to listen, and seems bafflingly self satisfied.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2005
NEST is like a bad catholic school. Discipline is at the core of their classroom management. Although the curriculum is Bank Street, NEST does not use a developmental approach. It is an extremely unhealthy environment.

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May 10, 2005
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April 04, 2005
My Middle and Upper school kids are doing great at NEST. Home work is tough, but from the beginning the school was very up-front about work load, so it is no surprise. As a working parent I am very pleased about the communication between school and home: weekly administration newsletter, PTA newsletter, bi-weekly electronic bulletin, PTA meetings, website and web resource page, parent workshops and the dreaded Parent Alert Letters (PAL's). If your kid misses one homework or fails a quiz, you get a PAL right away. The administration is totally student focused and some Lower School parents feel they (adults) should get more personal attention. Many of them had their kids in private pre-schools and expect the same kind of treatment. NEST has a Parent Peer Leader program to assist Lower School parent through this adjustment phase. As a G&T school, kids get revaluated every year. Kids that can't keep up are counseled out.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2005
Quality of academic programs is very high. Availability of music is growing in middle and upper schools. Art and Dance are established programs. Not much extracurricular available, but the school is still young. Don't know how the kids would have time for them with the volume of homework they receive daily. Parent involvement is expected-especially during fundraising. Parents are not treated respectfully by the administration. Administration leadership becomes defensive (and sometimes belligerent) if parents express concern about the communication problems at the school. But thankfully, most teachers are excellent and many encourage parent involvement in a variety of ways. The school has the potential to be off the charts excellent, but as a parent that loves the school--I'm concerned.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2005
Overall we are very pleased with the school and it's philosophy. We are very impressed with the research based curriculum that incorporates all of the different disciplines(ie: math, reading, science, etc.) by working toward the knowledge of a common subject matter, thus learning a great deal for instance, about 'apples' in one semester. This also helps make it a joyful learning process despite the rigor of the school's curriculum. Our child has had two top notch primary class room teachers. She is happy at the school and doing well. The administration and PTA have made an intense effort to achieve all that they are succeeding at in the development of this great school. But they have also alienated many well meaning parents that have voiced opposing ideas in the decision making and communication regarding the school. This is a source of discontent for many who have tried to participate in NEST's process.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2005
The school's academics are great--our kids are challenged and learning much! The faculty is terrific: engaging, committed and skilled. The Curriculum is wonderful. The Administration habitually shoots itself in the foot, however, when it comes to effectively communicating. There is no dialog with parents. The one-way communication style varies in quality and ranges from 'no information,' hrough 'underinformed,' 'incomplete information,' 'misleading information,' and, in a couple of situations, 'misinformation.' Case in point: Recent post-storm cancellation of afterschool programs was stated as 'per Chancellor.' The Parent Coordinator had to issue a hasty retraction when it was realized that several families now send their children to afterschool programs at other schools (where there were no such cancellations). The Administration expects parents' support even when its policies are in conflict with our children's needs. If you can 'drink the Kool-Aid,' join the cult of personality and go with the flow, you'll do fine here.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2005
I think it's overrated. very rigid classrooms and severe administration. parent-unfriendly.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2004
I could not be happier with the teachers, administration and support services teams. My son has gotten an education at Nest+m, much preferable to the private schools he had attended for 7 years. He will enter high school at Nest+m in September and I could not be prouder. The school motivated and encouraged my son who feels loved and cared for like at no other facility. The school does demand a great deal of work - most great things in life do - but the student is well supported. There is a sense of interdependence at Nest+m that I have seen nowhere else. The students have advisory period first class daily with both teacher and elder student peer sdvisors. The PTA is very active in the school as is the Parent Coordinator who is fantastic. The wisest choice my son's mother made was in selecting Nest+m for our boy.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2004
This school is not a very good school, my daughter in this school is doing very poorly in high school and this school doesn't give enough help to my daughter in such topics as chemistry. The faculty of this school isn't very good. This school doesn't really focus well on the kids education. If you're not in dress code you will have to be sent home. Kids get suspended in school for the smallest things, definitely shouldn't go to this school, they ask for money.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2004
My son is in the 8th grade at NEST and will stay for HS. His middle school years at NEST have been a academic challenge for him but he has grown so much as a person and as a student. He enters HS with time management and organizational skills, advanced writing techniques, and Math A and Chemistry regents credits. Our first graduating class got into Yale, Wesleyan, UPenn, New Paltz, Geneceo, and other great colleges, so my son is really psyched about HS and his college prospects. One of the things he likes the most about NEST is havinng the little kids around. K-12 is the way to go!

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2004
My daughter is finishing her first year at NEST+m (6th Grade)! She had been in a parochial school from Pre-K to 5. The education she receives at NEST+m is so far superior to what we were used to. It constantly amazes me at the subjects she is becoming so versed in. There is a hands-on strategy used throughout the curriculum, teachers that encourage, and a true diversified population of students and teachers.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2004
NEST receives a great deal of contributions from private donations therefore has excellent facilities and small class sizes. The problem is that the staff is arrogant and rude and lords it over parents at every opportunity that they are lucky to have their child attend. Academically, this school is not as strong as they like to profess that they are.

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2004
We moved our son over from an exclusive Private School to this relatively new Public School. We're amazed to see that NEST+m is actually superior. The administration sets a high standard and enforces it with love and discipline. Teachers nurture and lead. And the parent body is very involved and diverse. I hope this becomes a model for many NYC Public Schools.

- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2003
I have two lower school children that are learning, very happy and safe at Nest+m. It provides a sharing environment for all types of children to participate, not only for the outgoing ones. The parent base in is extremely committed and active.

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New Explorations Into Science, Tech and Math High School
111 Columbia St, New York, NY  10002
(212) 677-5190
Last modified New Explorations Into Science, Tech and Math High School is a Public school that serves grades K-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
New Explorations Into Science, Tech and Math High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 72 reviews.