On behalf of the faculty and staff members of The Manhattan
International High School, it is my pleasure to
welcome you to our family. This
website contains information about our interdisciplinary cluster classes
and math courses. It also contains important information for both
students and parents.
The Manhattan International High School is a small
alternative high school with about 310 students.
It was established in 1993 to serve strictly the needs of
students who are new immigrants and new learners of English.
We are a community that values hard and dedicated work,
collaboration, respect, persistence, academic rigor and honesty.
The school is organized into three interdisciplinary levels as follows*:
This is a year-long cluster composed mainly of newly entering students
of mixed freshmen/sophomore aged students.
The focus at this level is on developing essential language and
cognitive skills. Students
must demonstrate aptitude and basic competencies before being admitted
to Level 11.
Systems + Structures /
Equalities + Inequalities
are two year-long clusters composed mainly of sophomore and junior aged
The focii at this level are to develop career and college
awareness, including preparation for any required college entrance
examinations (PSAT, SAT and TOEFL), work towards meeting state standards
in all main subjects, demonstrate proficiency in research skills, lab
report writing, literary analysis, critical thinking, and competency in
In addition, every student is expected to begin preliminary plans
for compiling a graduation portfolio.
Before being admitted to Level III or Senior Institute, all Level
II students will need to prepare a cluster portfolio in each
interdisciplinary cluster of Level 11 and meet our school's Performance
Based Assessment Tasks guidelines.
Senior Institute -
This is the final level before graduation.
This is an intensive and rigorous year-long cluster where the
emphasis is on completing the college application process, including
financial aid and scholarship applications.
In Senior Institute, students will be expected to perform at the
highest potential possible to fulfill their senior course requirements.
In addition, seniors will be expected to work closely with their
faculty mentors on the crucial Graduation Portfolio.
Seniors need to pass all their courses and the Graduation
Portfolio presentation, written and oral, in order to graduate.
Mathematics is taught separately from the interdisciplinary clusters.
A cluster is a thematic interdisciplinary instructional team composed of
four teachers and approximately
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