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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    B-
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B+
Special Music School is a highly rated, public school located in New York, NY. It has 313 students in grades K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 13 to 1. According to state test scores, 95% of students are at least proficient in math and 95% in reading.

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
95%
Percent Proficient - Math
95%
Average Graduation Rate
90%
Average SAT
1230
50 responses
Average ACT
32
7 responses
AP Enrollment
14%

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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    C
Median Household Income
$133,064
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$2,043
National
$949
Median Home Value
$1,343,640
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
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  • Concert and recitals
    50%
  • Mini-Mester
    25%
  • Spirit Week
    25%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
313
Free or Reduced Lunch
22%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
13:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$76,706
Teachers in First/Second Year
40.3%
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Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
National
$12,239
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Special Music School Is one of the only public High school located in Manhattan that offers core academics such as STEM and also music classes. Offering private lesson's to all students and having resources from Kaufman Music Center. The community is welcoming and supportive of peers, allowing performances every week and concerts throughout the season. Having, choir, Orchestra, Chamber, Composition, and Big Band.
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Special Music School is life changing. It is a community of incredibly talented and smart musicians who are diverse in perspective and all interesting in their own way. It is a supportive and inclusive community that is constantly trying to better itself and innovate/create new tradition. It has its flaws as does any school, but on the whole if you seek to work on yourself, learn, and find good people, it will be possible here and it will teach you a level of music rarely seen elsewhere.
The teachers and staff were very caring, kind and welcoming. Even though we were located in the basement, it just helped the school feel like a family. In addition, the academics allowed me to pursue my goals and get my future started on the right foot.