High Schools in the Upper West Side

The choice of schools in an NYC neighborhood can play a big part when deciding to buy a co-op, apartment, or condo.

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The Global Learning Collaborative

145 W 84th St, New York, New York 10024
Student Population – 457
Student/Teacher Ratio – 17:1

Educating students on other cultures, ethnicities, and histories is a core tenet of The Global Learning Collective. With such a strong focus on global awareness, the school also offers study abroad trips, music and arts education, and a dynamic, positive relationship with teachers. Collaboration is a significant part of the school’s program, and they encourage students to work together and learn from each other as well. The Global Learning Collective is partnered with The Double Discovery Center at Columbia University, which offers students tutoring, internship opportunities, advising, and more.

Edward A. Reynolds West Side High School

140 W 102nd St, New York, NY 10025
Student Population – 422
Student/Teacher Ratio – 15:1

One of the city’s first alternative transfer schools, Edward A. Reynolds West Side High School takes a compassionate and patient approach to educating students who have experienced previous difficulties in a traditional school setting. Teachers and administrators share the values of encouraging students in their efforts as well as fostering healthy, supportive relationships between them and with other students. The school boasts art studios and science labs, a newly renovated gym and up-to-date technology to ensure that students are able to learn and thrive.

Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts

100 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023
Student Population – 2,713
Student/Teacher Ratio – 20:1

For students who want to pursue their passions in the arts or music, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School allows students to do just that. From drama, fine arts, dance, instrumental and vocal music, students are able to hone their talents while still taking a regular academic course load. The programs are rigorous, and a typical evening consists of various rehearsals after classes are done for the day, but the school is renowned for how it educates and prepares students for careers in the arts. Additionally, the school offers a number of AP classes, sports, and has a focus on student wellness.

Urban Assembly School for Green Careers

145 W 84th St, New York, New York 10024
Student Population – 339
Student/Teacher Ratio – 13:1

With a strong focus on environmental issues and initiatives, the Urban Assembly School for Green Careers prepares students for entering a professional arena where the planet and its resources are front and center. Students at this school become well-versed on sustainability, environmental injustices, industries that help our environment and the industries that are hurting it. The school uses data-driven materials with an emphasis on scientific research. They are open to all students, and a prior academic screening is not required for enrollment.

Frank McCourt High School

145 W 84th St, New York, NY 10024
Student Population – 388
Student/Teacher Ratio – 15:1

Franklin McCourt High School maintains a strong focus on both group work and integrated classes. Students are educated in a style that highlights the relationships between subject matters ordinarily taught separately, like math and science, presented as one class taught by two teachers. Problem-based learning experiences are central to the school’s curriculum and include real-world examples that students can connect with. The school boasts several clubs and sports, as well as advanced-level classes.

Manhattan/Hunter Science High School

122 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023
Student Population – 451
Student/Teacher Ratio – 17:1

Placing a high value on academic rigor and preparing students for success, the Manhattan/Hunter Science High School offers several educational resources for students to thrive. While seniors study on Hunter College’s campus and can enroll in college-level courses, juniors in the school’s main building are all enrolled in AP-level English Language and Composition. Students also learn skills like time management, academic research and writing, and critical thinking. It boasts an incredibly diverse student body and has become one of the most competitive high schools in Manhattan.

High School for Law Advocacy and Community Justice

122 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023
Student Population – 515
Student/Teacher Ratio – 13:1

One of the primary goals of the High School for Law Advocacy and Community Justice is to create a student body of critical thinkers through the application of legal concepts in their coursework. With a number of teachers that are lawyers, students will be immersed in discussions from ancient to modern law, as well as public policy discussions meant to deepen their understanding and involvement in their own communities. The school also offers a number of AP courses for students to choose from.

Maxine Greene High School for Imaginative Inquiry

122 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023
Student Population – 435
Student/Teacher Ratio – 14:1

The arts are woven into almost every facet of student life at Maxine Greene High School for Imaginative Inquiry, from the core curriculum to extracurricular activities. The school focuses on an inquiry-based style of learning, encouraging students to continue to question and explore their topics of study and engaging them with the world around them. Students have internship opportunities available to them at this school, as well as various performances and events through Lincoln Center, to which the school is linked.

High School of Arts and Technology

122 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023
Student Population – 599
Student/Teacher Ratio – 17:1

One of the core themes of the High School of Arts and Technology is PRIDE: Perseverance, Rigor, Inquiry, Diversity, and Empathy. These values are not only expected of students, but also embodied by teachers and administrators to help get students to the levels of learning that they know can be achieved. This school also provides skill-based learning for things that can be used in a professional setting, such as the Adobe Suite or writing a business plan.

Innovation Diploma Plus

145 W 84th St, New York, New York 10024
Student Population – 175
Student/Teacher Ratio – 14:1

Adopting a different approach to the transfer school environment, Innovation Diploma Plus is a small school dedicated to helping students from age 16-20 achieve a high school degree after traditional educational methods haven’t succeeded. The school runs in trimesters rather than semesters, which allows students to take more credit hours and therefore catch up on their schooling quicker. The school also offers paid internships for students, as well as career exploration and training options. Admissions are on a rolling basis year-round.

Urban Assembly School for Media Studies

122 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023
Student Population – 405
Student/Teacher Ratio – 17:1

The Urban Assembly School for Media Studies makes sure a real-world approach to learning takes priority. The school believes that students learn best when they are able to connect their academic material with their own lives. Students develop their communication and analytical skills and have a multitude of highly engaging and niche clubs available to them. Former students have noted that teachers at this school go out of their way to support their students and make them feel like their education matters.

PS 333 – The Manhattan School For Children

154 W 93rd St, New York, NY 10025
Student Population: 738
Student/Teacher Ratio: 15:1

With a proudly diverse student population and a record of success in assisting students with special needs in their education, the Manhattan School for Children is a great option when choosing where to send your child. The school places an emphasis on students’ emotional and social development, and has a high level of parental involvement. Hands-on and real-world examples are frequently used in the classroom to better engage students and encourage activity-based learning. The Manhattan School for Children has a wide range of arts offerings and a number of after-school clubs and sports.

PS 452

210 W 61st St, New York, NY 10023
Student Population: 319
Student/Teacher Ratio: 13:1

PS 452 is a smaller zoned school that was created in 2010 to offset some of the overcrowding in nearby schools. It offers in-depth writing and math programs as well as a focus on the arts in conjunction with academics, and project-based learning. The school has a highly-involved PTA which raises a substantial amount of money each year for extra arts offerings, additional teaching assistants, field trips, and technology. Students are also offered learning opportunities outside of the classroom through trips to museums, parks, cultural institutions, and landmarks.

PS 75 – Emily Dickinson

735 West End Ave, New York, NY 10025
Student Population: 571
Student/Teacher Ratio: 10:1

Boasting a well-known dual language program where students learn both English and Spanish, an incredibly diverse student body, and a well-stocked library, PS 75 is committed not only to students’ learning but also to their growth into respectful and engaging members of society. The school has won awards for its health and nutrition standards and fitness programs, and its quality of education. Parents note the level of investment that teachers have in their students and praise its nurturing and inclusive environment.

Ps 811 – Mickey Mantle School

466 West End Ave, New York, NY 10024
Student Population: 347
Student/Teacher Ratio: 5:1

With six school sites around Manhattan, the Mickey Mantle School is primarily made up of K-8 students with some form of learning or developmental disability, including Autism spectrum disorder, behavioral difficulties, and communication disorders. Most notably, the school runs a 1940’s style diner where students can engage and learn through activities that promote healthy behavior, interactions, and real-world skills while running the diner. Academically, the school uses arts programs to help further student learning, and teachers provide parents with behavioral strategies for home use.

PS 84 – Lilian Weber

32 W 92nd St, New York, NY 10025
Student Population: 557
Student/Teacher Ratio: 16:1

One of the most diverse schools in the neighborhood, no one race or class is the majority at PS 84. Student lunches include healthy options and fresh veggies, and students have access to a rooftop garden where they learn to cultivate plants. It offers a dual-language program in both Spanish and French, and the school has a number of resources for students with learning disabilities. The school also offers a strong performing arts program. Test scores rank above the state average, and while the school has a relaxed atmosphere, it has high ratings in its rigor of instruction, collaboration between teachers, and emotional support for students.

PS 87 – William Sherman

160 W 78th St, New York, NY 10024
Student Population: 859
Student/Teacher Ratio: 14:1

At PS 87–a larger, zoned school–students are encouraged to take their learning outside of the classroom. From field trips to nearby museums and the Central Park Zoo, to activities through partnerships with various organizations throughout NYC, the school is committed to a multicultural educational experience. They also encourage children to become independent learners, and makes arts and technology core aspects of the learning environment. Parents play an active role in the school, and the school offers services like speech therapy and counseling. Despite having larger class sizes, parents have generally been happy with the education their kids are given at PS 87.

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