Why Pay Tuition? Here Are The 20 Best Public Schools In New York City

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New York City’s parents, teachers, and students have spoken.In one of the biggest survey efforts in the country, the NYC School Survey gathered opinions about the city’s public school system from nearly one million students, parents and teachers in grades 6-12.

Not surprisingly, many of the highest-rated schools have small enrollments. The largest school on this list is P.S. 029 Bardwell with 686 students.

Some of the city’s most respected public schools, like Hunter and Bronx Science, scored highly but didn’t make the cut.

#20 P.S. 257 John F Hylan

John Hylan has 592 students and serves preschool through secondary education. The school is located in Williamsburg.

Safety and respect: 9.3

Communication: 8.7

Engagement: 9.1

Academic expectations: 9.3

Scores rated out of 10 based on the NYC School Survey. We ranked schools based on an equally rated average.

#19 P.S. 033 Chelsea Prep

Chelsea Prep has 382 students and serves preschool through secondary education. The school is located in Chelsea.

Safety and respect: 9.3

Communication: 8.9

Engagement: 9

Academic expectations: 9.2

Scores rated out of 10 based on the NYC School Survey. We ranked schools based on an equally rated average.

#18 Leadership Preparatory Ocean Hill Charter School

Enrollment figures weren't available for Leadership Preparatory Ocean Hill Charter School, which serves kindergarten through second grade, with plans to serve kindergarten through eighth grade. The school is located in Bushwick

Safety and respect: 9.4

Communication: 9

Engagement: 8.9

Academic expectations: 9.2

Scores rated out of 10 based on the NYC School Survey. We ranked schools based on an equally rated average.

#17 Excellence Girls Charter School

Excellence Girls Charter School has 230 students and serves kindergarten through third grade with plans to serve kindergarten through eighth grades. The school is located in Bushwick.

Safety and respect: 9.3

Communication: 9

Engagement: 8.9

Academic expectations: 9.3

Scores rated out of 10 based on the NYC School Survey. We ranked schools based on an equally rated average.

#16 M.S. 321 Minerva

Minerva has 92 students and serves eighth grade and secondary education. The school is located in Washington Heights

Safety and respect: 9.3

Communication: 8.6

Engagement: 9.2

Academic expectations: 9.4

Scores rated out of 10 based on the NYC School Survey. We ranked schools based on an equally rated average.

#15 P.S. 65 The Academy of Innovative Learning

The Academy of Innovative Learning has 265 students and serves preschool through secondary education. The school is located on Staten Island.

Safety and respect: 9.3

Communication: 9

Engagement: 9.1

Academic expectations: 9.2

Scores rated out of 10 based on the NYC School Survey. We ranked schools based on an equally rated average.

#14 Brooklyn School of Inquiry

Brooklyn School of Inquiry has 195 students and serves kindergarten through third grade. The school is located in Dyker Heights.

Safety and respect: 9.5

Communication: 8.8

Engagement: 9.2

Academic expectations: 9.1

Scores rated out of 10 based on the NYC School Survey. We ranked schools based on an equally rated average.

#13 P.S. 029 Bardwell

During the 2009-2010 school year, Bardwell had 686 students and serves preschool through fifth grade. The school is located on Staten Island.

Safety and respect: 9.4

Communication: 8.8

Engagement: 9.1

Academic expectations: 9.3

Scores rated out of 10 based on the NYC School Survey. We ranked schools based on an equally rated average.

#12 New York City centre for Autism Charter School

Enrollment figures weren't available for the New York City centre for Autism Charter School, which works exclusively with children with autism. The school is located in East Harlem.

Safety and respect: 9.3

Communication: 9

Engagement: 9.3

Academic expectations: 9.1

Scores rated out of 10 based on the NYC School Survey. We ranked schools based on an equally rated average.

#11 Central Park East II

Central Park East II has 225 students and serves preschool through secondary education. The school is located in East Harlem.

Safety and respect: 9.3

Communication: 9

Engagement: 9.2

Academic expectations: 9.2

Scores rated out of 10 based on the NYC School Survey. We ranked schools based on an equally rated average.

#10 P.S. 8 Shirlee Solomon

Shirlee Solomon has 420 students and serves preschool through secondary education. The school is located on Staten Island.

Safety and respect: 9.5

Communication: 9

Engagement: 9

Academic expectations: 9.3

Scores rated out of 10 based on the NYC School Survey. We ranked schools based on an equally rated average.

#9 P.S. 380 John Wayne Elementary

John Wayne has 571 students and serves preschool through secondary education. The school is located in Williamsburg

Safety and respect: 9.4

Communication: 9

Engagement: 9

Academic expectations: 9.4

Scores rated out of 10 based on the NYC School Survey. We ranked schools based on an equally rated average.

#8 P.S. 319

P.S. 319 has 188 students and serves preschool through first grade and secondary education. The school is located in Williamsburg

Safety and respect: 9.5

Communication: 8.9

Engagement: 9.1

Academic expectations: 9.3

Scores rated out of 10 based on the NYC School Survey. We ranked schools based on an equally rated average.

#7 Urban Academy Laboratory High School

Urban Academy Laboratory High School has 156 students and serves ninth through twelfth grades. The school is located on the Upper East Side

Safety and respect: 9.5

Communication: 8.7

Engagement: 9.2

Academic expectations: 9.6

Scores rated out of 10 based on the NYC School Survey. We ranked schools based on an equally rated average.

#6 Ocean Hill Collegiate Charter School

Enrollment figures weren't available for Ocean Hill Collegiate Charter School, which serves fifth and sixth grades. The school is located in Bushwick.

Safety and respect: 9.5

Communication: 9.1

Engagement: 9.1

Academic expectations: 9.4

Scores rated out of 10 based on the NYC School Survey. We ranked schools based on an equally rated average.

#5 P.S. 209

P.S. 209 has 244 students and serves preschool through second grade and secondary education. The school is located in Fordham Heights

Safety and respect: 9.6

Communication: 9

Engagement: 9.1

Academic engagement: 9.4

Scores rated out of 10 based on the NYC School Survey. We ranked schools based on an equally rated average.

#4 Academy for Excellence through the Arts

Academy for Excellence through the Arts has 166 students and serves preschool through third grade and secondary education. The school is located in Forest Hills

Safety and respect: 9.7

Communication: 9

Engagement: 9.2

Academic expectations: 9.4

Scores rated out of 10 based on the NYC School Survey. We ranked schools based on an equally rated average.

#3 P.S. 254

P.S. 254 has 634 students and serves preschool through secondary education. The school is located in Richmond Hill

Safety and respect: 9.5

Communication: 9.2

Engagement: 9.3

Academic expectations: 9.5

Scores rated out of 10 based on the NYC School Survey. We ranked schools based on an equally rated average.

#2 P.S. 170

P.S. 170 has 240 students and serves kindergarten through second grade and secondary education. The school is located in Mt. Hope

Safety and respect: 9.6

Communication: 9.1

Engagement: 9.2

Academic expectations: 9.7

Scores rated out of 10 based on the NYC School Survey. We ranked schools based on an equally rated average.

#1 Riverton Street Charter School

Riverton Street Charter School has 248 students and serves kindergarten through eighth grade and college prep. The school is located in St. Albans

Safety and respect: 9.5

Communication: 9.3

Engagement: 9.3

Academic expectations: 9.5

Scores rated out of 10 based on the NYC School Survey. We ranked schools based on an equally rated average.

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