Welcome Note From the Principal


Clinton is a NYC public school with a mission to infuse art into an academically rigorous teaching environment. For more than 40 years, Clinton’s educational philosophy of building flexible thinkers through inquiry-based learning has enriched the lives of NYC adolescents. Now Clinton is reaching more students—as we’re well into our transition from a middle school to a 6–12 school in our new building off Union Square.

The first year at our new home on 10 East 15th Street was incredible and our Upper Grades Program began with a great deal of enthusiasm and momentum. In the 2016–17 year, we will be focused on two school-wide goals. They are:

  • Clinton is a close-knit and collaborative learning community.
  • Clinton is a learning community that prepares everyone for the IB Diploma Programme (DP).

Staying close-knit and collaborative as we expand 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.

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, Dancing Class­rooms, and Theater for a New Audience.

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, and 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 15 years in District 2. I’m particularly energized by the challenges of the next few years as we pursue IB authorization for the Diploma Programme and work with students over the course of seven years to build true college readiness.


Jonathan Levin