What are the requirements and process for Middle Grade admissions?

After a comprehensive review of its admissions process, the Clinton School will no longer offer a school-based assessment in evaluating prospective students.

Students who list The Clinton School are evaluated based on academic criteria.  The admissions rubric includes the following categories:  course grades, attendance and punctuality, NYS exam scores, and academic and personal behaviors as reported on elementary school report cards.  The admissions rubric can be found HERE.

Missing state exam scores:

Grade of 79 or lower in Math/ELA = 1 or 2 on state exam

Grade of 80-89 in Math/ELA = 3 on state exam

Grade of 90+ in Math/ELA = 4 on state exam

To view the presentation from our 2019 Open House sessions, click here

We have held all of our Open Houses and will not be hosting any additional Open Houses or tours this fall.

There is no guarantee that every student who ranks the Clinton School will be admitted.  Offers are made in rank order based on the results of the rubric until the targeted number of offers has been exhausted.  

How many seats will be available for incoming 6th graders?
We have 99 seats for incoming 6th graders. 

How many grade levels does the school have?
After over 25 years as a middle school, the Clinton School for Writers and Artists began its expansion into a 6-12 school in September 2015 with our inaugural class of 9th graders. We had our first graduating class in June of 2019. Our school has grades 6th through 12th. Clinton middle school students have guaranteed entry to our high school.

Where is the school located?
Our school building is located at 10 East 15th Street, just west of Union Square. The building houses both the middle school and high school grades of the Clinton School, and opened in September 2015.

What classes do students take?
All students take a full program of English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts (see below), and Physical Education. Students take foreign language classes (Spanish) beginning in 8th grade. All students also take Triple E (which stands for Elective, Enrichment, and Extended Learning); Triple E classes include Creative Writing, Math Challenge, Journalism, Algebra, Math Support, ELA Support, and Ceramics.

My child is strong in Math and Science. Is this school a good choice?
We love Math and Science at Clinton, and our students do well in these subjects. Our students’ standardized test scores in Math are consistently in the top 5% statewide. 

What sports and extracurricular activities do you offer?
We have partnered with Manhattan Youth to provide an incredibly robust after school club system. Our clubs include Winter Festival (performing arts/variety show), Lego robotics, Eco Hawks (environmental & nature), Computer Programming, School Musical, Clinton Post (school newspaper), Clinton Soup (literary magazine), and many more.  For sports, we have programs in volleyball, basketball, track and field, and soccer. Our sports and extracurricular offerings change somewhat from year to year based on student interest.

Our Community

The Clinton School is a small public school located at 10 East 15th Street. We moved to our new building in time for the start of the 2015-16 school year and with our first 9th grade class in our expansion from a middle school to a 6–12 school.

The school enhances student achievement across content areas. We provide equality of opportunity for a diverse student body. Students engage in authentic learning that demands flexible thinking, risk-taking, and collaboration as they produce and perform, growing as members of a community.

At Clinton, we promote a caring, supportive environment for learning—where students, staff, and teachers treat one another with courtesy and respect.

Clinton is known for its friendly environment and welcoming culture. Students, staff, and families have a passion for our school and love cheering on our sports teams, attending our performances and events, and taking advantage of our partnerships with the Whitney Museum and Theater for a New Audience.

Special Education

Clinton believes that all children deserve access to a rich curriculum, and that students’ learning differences can and should be met in a community school setting. We believe that this is best accomplished through true partnerships in ICT classes, by students learning to know their own strengths and weaknesses, and by all adults ensuring that students succeed. We have been recognized for our work as a ‘noteworthy’ school by