For more than 40 years, Clinton’s educational philosophy of building flexible thinkers through inquiry-based learning has enriched the lives of NYC adolescents.

In December 2016, we were authorized as an IB World School, offering the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP), a curriculum for the 11th and 12th grades.  IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering high-quality programs of international education. The IB is a natural fit for Clinton, and it infuses the teaching philosophy and practice in all grades.


Clinton’s middle grades academic program, regarded for its rigor, has two distinguishing features. One, we offer more arts than is typically found in a school, with students moving between visual arts and music. Two, we use a programming mechanism called Triple E, which stands for Enrichment, Extended Learning Time, and Electives. We continue the successful Triple E in high school classes.

Our middle grades use an original curriculum and focus on building literacy across content areas, developing critical thinking, and learning how to learn together.  Because we focus on building students’ abilities to think and communicate logically and analytically, our students excel in reading, writing, and math. 

Click here for a video created by a sixth grade Advisory Group.


The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, a globally recognized honors program, provides challenging academics paired with a social and emotional framework for developing balanced, well-rounded students. Our upper grades program is built as an “International Baccalaureate for ALL” model, with students completing NYS Regents requirements by the end of 10th grade in order to participate in all IB courses in 11th and 12th grades. 

For more information, read the content under Middle Grades, Upper Grades, and IB Diploma Programme on this website.


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.

Staying close-knit and collaborative as we finish our expansion that started in 2015, from a middle school to a 6–12 school, means that we will continue to focus on supporting students’ social and emotional development. We want students to feel comfortable during their time at Clinton. We also want students to have strategies to deal with all that will challenge them as they continue their journey through adolescence.

As a product of NYC public schools and a Specialized High School, it has always been my hope to one day be principal of a strong, selective school that provides students with a free high-quality education that allows students to enjoy themselves while they’re in it. I’m passionate about helping all students succeed, and I’ve worked with adolescents for more than 16 years in District 2. I’m particularly energized by the challenges of the next few years with our new IB Diploma Programme in the 11th grade and 12th grades, and with supporting students over the course of middle and high school to build true college readiness.

Please explore our website and feel free to ask any questions at an open house.


Jon Levin
Principal, The Clinton School