The Top 20 Public High Schools

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top high schools1_fmtIn many ways, by the time your kid has made it to high school in New York, the hard part is done. Gone are the debates over which neighborhood you should live in or how you’re zoned. By high school, it pretty much comes down to the application.

NYC high schools aren’t zoned by neighborhood. Instead, kids can, and do, go to any school in the city, based on their application (which explains the crush of teenagers on the subway at 3:30 in the afternoon). Some of the top schools base their admission on tests, as well, while a smaller number require auditions.

So – unlike with the elementary-school list – we’ve paid less attention here to where these schools are located, and much more to how they stack up versus their peers. (That said, we limited our pool to Manhattan and to public schools.)

Suffice it to say that all of these schools are excellent. Admission to all of them is incredibly competitive. The teachers are, for the most part, terrific. So consider yourself (or your kid) lucky to get into any of them.

As with the other lists, our slice is subjective, based on our reporting, on the Department of Education ranking system (every one of these schools was given an “A” grade by the city), by other ranking services like SchoolDigger.com, US News & World Report and GreatSchools.org, and by our innate horse sense of living and reporting in the neighborhoods where these schools are based.

There are more than 400 public high schools in our city. However you go about deciding where you or your child should go, this list is a good place to start the processing of whittling it all down. Happy hunting.

- The Editors


Baruch College Campus High School

55 E. 25th St.

Enrollment: 432

Average class size: 30.3

Beacon High School

227-243 W 61st St.

Enrollment: 1,162

Average class size: 30.5

Central Park East High School

1573 Madison Ave.

Enrollment: 445

Average class size: 23.6

Eleanor Roosevelt High School

411 E. 76th St

Enrollment: 507

Average class size: 27.7

Fiorello H. Laguardia High School of Music, Art and Performing Arts

100 Amsterdam Ave.

Enrollment: 2,605

Average class size: 31.9

Food and Finance High School

525 W. 50th St.

Enrollment: 433

Average class size: 23.5

High School for Dual Language and Asian Studies

350 Grand St.

Enrollment: 353

Average class size: 21.4

High School for Mathematics, Science and Engineering at City College

240 Content Ave.

Enrollment: 406

Average class size: 22.7

Lower Manhattan Arts Academy

350 Grand St.

Enrollment: 336

Average class size: 20.1

Manhattan Bridges High School

525 W. 50th St.

Enrollment: 541

Average class size: 24.1

Manhattan/Hunter Science High School

122 Amsterdam Ave.

Enrollment: 453

Average class size: 22.4

Manhattan International High School

317 E. 67th St.

Enrollment: 325

Average class size: 20.6

Manhattan Village Academy

43 W. 22nd

Enrollment: 429

Average class size: 20.1

Millennium High School

75 Broad Street

Enrollment: 626

Average class size: 29.8

New Explorations into Science, Technology and Math School

111 Columbia St.

Enrollment: 544

Average class size: 26.5

New York City Lab School for Collaborative Studies

333 W. 17th St

Enrollment: 579

Average class size: 30.1

New York City Museum School

333 W. 17th St.

Enrollment: 436

Average class size: 26.7

School of the Future High School

127 E. 22nd St.

Enrollment: 380

Average class size: 24.6

Stuyvesant High School

345 Chambers St.

Enrollment: 3,297

Average class size: 31.4

Vanguard High School

317 E. 67th St.

Enrollment: 444

Average class size: 20.7

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