Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics

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Coordinates: 40°47′39″N 73°55′59″W / 40.79417°N 73.93306°W / 40.79417; -73.93306

Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics
Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics eastern face.JPG
Eastern side
280 Pleasant Avenue
New York, NY 10029, United States
Type Public, Secondary
Established 1982
School district 4
Oversight NYC DOE
Principal David Jimenez (2007)
Grades 9-12
Number of students 1656
Color(s) Blue and Grey
Mascot Ram
Wartime first aid class, when this was Benjamin Franklin High

Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics (MCSM) is a public high school in New York City, at East 116th Street between Pleasant Avenue and FDR Drive in the East Harlem neighborhood in the north-eastern part of the borough of Manhattan.

Established in 1982 to replace Benjamin Franklin High School,[1] Manhattan Center is a four-year high school which provides students with a rigorous curriculum that emphasizes mathematics and science. Like all New York City high schools, admission is by application. Admission priority for Manhattan Center is given first to students attending the Isaac Newton Junior High School, which shares the campus with Manhattan Center; second to students residing in District 4; and then to other residents city-wide.

The academic performance of this school is extremely high, as measured by New York State Regents Examinations scores, scholarship rates and a 95% graduation rate. MCSM is consistently one of the highest performing schools in the State of New York. In 2007, David Jimenez became the Principal. In 2009, MCSM graduated 97% of its students.[citation needed]

Students graduating from Manhattan Center have attended colleges and universities such as Amherst College, Brown University, Harvard University, Cornell University, Columbia University, the University of Virginia,the University of Memphis, Virginia Tech, Barnard College, Carnegie Mellon University, Bryn Mawr College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Wesleyan University, Yale University, Morehouse College, Temple University, Trinity College, Johns Hopkins University, the University at Buffalo, the University of Rochester, Howard University, and Macaulay Honors College.

The curriculum includes Advanced Placement courses and special programs, and research and internship opportunities.[2]

Advanced Placement courses[edit]

The school offers AP World History, AP US History, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Language and Literature, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Physics B, AP Physics C, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Statistics, AP Computer Science and AP Spanish Language and Literature. There are several honors and accelerated courses.


Manhattan Center partners with institutions of higher education, such as New York University, Columbia University, Cornell and CUNY, to offer courses in science, mathematics and humanities. Through these partnerships and Mount Sinai Hospital, Metropolitan Hospital Center General Electric, Sponsors for Educational Opportunity, American Globe Theatre, and Manhattan Theatre Club there is a wide range of opportunities for one-on-one mentoring, internship experiences, academic enrichment and summer programs. They also provide support services, and a variety of sports, clubs and leadership activities for students.

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