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Why SOF Works

School of the Future is an example of New York City public education that works. It is a gem of a place where students transform intellectually, emotionally and socially.


“I found my career in education quite simply because I have always wanted to make the world a better place. I have always been frustrated by inequality and discrimination, and have always been driven towards solutions…”
Stacy Goldstein, Principal and Middle School Director

“I am an educator because it is a career where one can have a profound positive impact on a young person’s life and future. School of the Future was founded on the premise that every child no matter what their background should be allowed an excellent education…”
John Fanning, Assistant Principal and High School Director

School Leadership Team

Each of the public schools in New York City has a School Leadership Team (SLT) to ensure a quality education. The SOF SLT meets monthly and attendance is open to all parents, students, faculty, and administration.

Meet SOF

Mike-Zitolo“SOF is a great place to work for many reasons. SOF maintains a rigorous atmosphere for all of its members. Students are pushed to develop and hone critical thinking skills while teachers work collaboratively to perfect their craft, as well. Further, I love how all of the teachers build curricula around authentic, real-world problems and issues. We also have a strong community here. I know many of the students here, even though I don’t teach them, because of events like SOF on the Block, SoulFest, and musical productions. Students, teachers, and family members are always willing to volunteer to help the school for events like these.” –Michael Zitolo

Teach at SOF

School of the Future is a small, innovative public
6–12th grade school within District 2.

We are located in the Gramercy Park neighborhood at 22nd Street and Lexington Avenue. We have an academically rigorous environment with a student population of 700 ranging from 6th through 12th grade and a staff of 40 teachers. Both the staff and the student population reflect the diversity of the city. 

Our Partners

School of the Future is proud to work with many organizations outside of the public school system.

Some of these groups and individuals work directly with the students and faculty as consultants and volunteers and in other cooperating/observing roles. All work together to enhance the educational life at SOF. Some of our affiliates are less prominent in the day-to-day operations of the school but are essential to our continued development as a community.

10 Facts
about SOF:

  1. We learn and teach best when we know each other well.

    SOF devotes the bulk of its resources to maintaining small class sizes to support a true student-centered environment.

  2. We strive to remain one of the truly integrated schools of NYC.

    SOF is intentionally diverse on many levels—culturally, socio-economically, religiously, ethnically and academically.

  3. We belong to the Coalition of Essential Schools.

    SOF is a national mentor school of the Coalition as part of a Gates Foundation funded effort to improve schools nationwide.

  4. HS Students write ‘Exhibitions’ rather than take NY State Regents.

    Exhibitions are the type of assessment that reflect the kind of deep teaching and learning for which we strive.

  5. We believe strongly in the 5 “Habits of Mind”

    These habits include point of view, evidence, significance, connections, and alternatives. Students are encouraged to use the Habits of Mind as tools for exploration.

  6. Our teachers bring their life experience and intellect into the classroom

    Our teachers are a smart, enthusiastic and ultra-dedicated community. They value the fact that they are not constrained by NY State’s Regents Curriculum.

  7. We are consistently recognized as one of the best public high schools in NYC.

    We are consistently ranked as a top 20 high school by the NY Post, NY Observer and Inside Schools. We are among the few public schools in New York to receive a distinguished GreatSchools Rating of 8 out of 10.

  8. We have been featured on Edutopia’s “Schools That Work”

    Edutopia, the educational website of The George Lucas Educational Foundation, highlighted our efforts to successfully teach and assess our students.

  9. We are located in a beautiful historic building

    Constructed in 1915 as the Manhattan Trade School for Girls, the ground floor is made of limestone and the rest of the building is clad in white terra cotta.

  10. Close to 100% of our graduating seniors are accepted to college, many with scholarships.

    Our students have been accepted into such prestigious colleges as Columbia, George Washington, Middlebury, NYU, Northwestern, Oberlin, Temple and UPenn.