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