High School for Math, Science and Engineering at City College

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High School for Math, Science and Engineering at City College
240 Convent Avenue
New York, NY
United States
Coordinates 40°49′17″N 73°56′55″W / 40.82129°N 73.948676°W / 40.82129; -73.948676Coordinates: 40°49′17″N 73°56′55″W / 40.82129°N 73.948676°W / 40.82129; -73.948676
Type Public specialized high school
Established 2002
Principal Crystal Bonds
Faculty approx. 53
Grades 912
Number of students approx. 440
Team name Dragons
Baskerville Hall, where HSMSE is located

The High School for Math, Science and Engineering at City College (often abbreviated to High School for Math, Science and Engineering, HSMSE, or HSMSE @ CCNY) is one of the nine specialized high schools in New York City, United States. It is located within the campus of the City College of New York (CCNY).

Created in 2002 along with Queens High School for the Sciences at York College, and High School of American Studies at Lehman College, HSMSE was founded with an emphasis on engineering and design, and was envisioned as a small school with approximately four hundred students. The relatively small population of the school allows students and teachers to have a stronger relationship. Being a specialized high school not only draws students in, but also allows for a diverse student body.[1]


Eastern doors of the Baskerville Hall on the campus of the City College of New York, and the High School for Math, Science, and Engineering

HSMSE is a selective, public, college prep high school, and is one of nine specialized high schools in New York City. The school's mission is "to challenge talented students to expand their intellect by developing the habits of inquiry, written and verbal expression, and critical thinking." Instructionally supported by the City College of New York, the school mainly focuses on an intensive STEM curriculum, while also emphasizing civic responsibility and the value of knowledge. Located on the campus of City College, which stretches from West 133rd Street to West 141st Street along Convent Avenue, HSMSE is small, with a total of approximately 425 students in ninth to twelfth grade. The principal since October 2012 has been Crystal Bonds.

HSMSE was ranked the city's fourth best public high school in The New York Post's annual school ranking.[2] In 2013, HSMSE was ranked among one of the nation's top high schools by the U.S. News & World Report.[3] Admission is via the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test.

HSMSE participates in the FIRST Robotics competition (FTC) and the annual NCSSSMST conference. In May 2013, HSMSE was ranked #1 in the country by Working in Support of Education (w!se) for personal finance education.[4]

Facilities and curriculum[edit]

The school is located on four floors of Baskerville Hall on the CCNY campus. Students eat lunch in the CCNY cafeteria and utilize the college library and gymnasium. Classrooms and labs on the first and second floors of Baskerville were completely renovated in 2010 and Smart Boards and computers are available in most classrooms. The school has an extended day schedule and 85 minute periods with classes on alternating days, enabling a greater degree of focus and depth than the usual high school schedule. Class sizes are small, with an average of approximately 24 students per class.[5] In addition to a rigorous core subject program emphasizing math, science and the humanities, all students are required to take a minimum of three engineering core courses through 11th grade sponsored by Project Lead the Way. After 10th grade most students take a concentration of engineering or mathematics courses while a smaller group participates in a biomedical research program at Mt. Sinai Hospital.

Student life[edit]

HSMSE has a diverse student body: “with an index of 74 (130 Asians, 75 blacks, 99 Hispanics and 101 whites).[6] HSMSE is a school where students of all ethnic and economic backgrounds mingle comfortably. The faculty is notably dedicated, many devoting personal time to mentor students, to coach teams and to support extracurricular activities. Support mechanisms are in place for students who struggle, through informal peer tutoring as well as through daily tutoring sessions offered by every teacher.

Virtually all of HSMSE’s diverse, high-achieving students go on to college,[7] many of them to highly competitive colleges. Most courses are taught at the advanced and college level and, by graduation, all students will have completed a significant number of college level courses with credit granted by CCNY as well as Advanced Placement courses. All students in the graduating classes beginning in 2013 will complete at least two Advanced Placement courses, as HSMSE teaches AP English Literature as the standard 11th grade English course and AP World History as the 9th and 10th grade social studies course. The school also offers AP Statistics, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Computer Science AB, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, and AP German. Students may take advantage of additional undergraduate courses offered through the CUNY College Now program.


In 2017, US News and World Reports ranked HSMSE as third in New York State and 26th nationally. [8]

German program[edit]

German is the core language taught at HSMSE which has one of the largest high school German programs in the United States. The school also offers Spanish at the advanced level for students who pass an entrance exam and then begin at the second-year level, but the majority of students take German for a minimum of three years. HSMSE’s founders believed that German is the language of engineering. As a result, about 75% of HSMSE students study German, which is offered through the Advanced Placement level, and many of them continue to study German in college. The school employs two full-time German teachers and is one of nine US partner schools of the PASCH program of the Goethe Institut through its "Schools: Partners for the Future" program. Every summer HSMSE sends a number of students on funded study trips to Germany with the Goethe Institut and the American Association of Teachers of German.


Students at HSMSE have one elective period each day. All 9th graders take a Study Skills and Research course (referred to as "Freshman Academy") as their elective. The diverse electives program includes such subjects as Varsity & JV Math Team, Astronomy, Science Research, Sustainable Civilizations, Microsoft Office User Specialist (MOUS), Nanotechnology, Sports Journalism, Classical Guitar, Gastronomy, Poetry, Creative Writing, Band, and Art History.

Extracurriculars and sports[edit]

Students participate in extracurricular activities such as Dance Team, Cheerleading, Eat NYC, Spades Club, Model UN, Euro Challenge, Fed Challenge, Key Club, MSA(Muslim Student Association), Junior Statesmen of America, Dr. Dragon school magazine, Harlem Is,The National Society of Black Engineers, Robotics, Photography Club, Gay-Straight Alliance, Ping Pong Club and Film. Students regularly compete in the AMC, AIME and NYC Math Competitions and submit research to the New York City Science and Engineering Fair and national scientific research competitions.

PSAL sports teams include boys' basketball, soccer, baseball and volleyball, girls' basketball, softball and soccer, and coed cross-country.

Student events occur throughout the year, such as Club Fair, Student Leadership Conference, Talent Show, Spring Fair and Multicultural Night. There is also a Student Government with two representatives from each grade, along with a Secretary and Treasurer.

Alumni and People[edit]

In 2016, Guyanese immigrant and senior Kelly Hyles was accepted into 21 colleges, including all eight ivy league schools, plus MIT and NYU. She decided to attend Harvard college. She participated in the Mount Sinai biomedical research program, founded the school's Black Student Union, and was valedictorian of the 2016 graduating class. [9]


  1. ^ "How to Get To HSMSE!". High School for Math, Science and Engineering. Retrieved July 31, 2012. 
  2. ^ Edelman, Susan (2013-09-15). "Top 50 public schools in NYC | New York Post". Nypost.com. Retrieved 2016-03-08. 
  3. ^ "Search New York High Schools". US News. Retrieved 2016-03-08. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "This School’s Report Card" (PDF). Retrieved August 1, 2012. [dead link]
  6. ^ “A Portrait of Segregation in New York City’s Schools, Ford Fessenden. The New York Times, May 12, 2012
  7. ^ "Regents Exams" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on April 11, 2012. Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  8. ^ "High School Rankings". US News and World Report. Retrieved June 11, 2017. 
  9. ^ "How I got into 8 Ivy Leagues and 13 other schools". CNNMoney. Retrieved June 25, 2016. 

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