Special Music School

Summary:

Special Music School is an alternative public school in New York City that serves grades K-12, with a student population of 295. The school is part of the New York City Geographic District #3, which is ranked 479 out of 866 districts in New York and has a 2-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Special Music School stands out for its exceptional academic performance, consistently outperforming the district and state averages in standardized test scores across all grade levels and subject areas. For example, in the 2022-2023 school year, 100% of students were proficient or better in ELA and Math assessments for grades 3-8, significantly higher than the district and state averages. The school also maintains a 100% four-year graduation rate and a low dropout rate, with a diverse student population that is more racially diverse compared to nearby schools like Success Academy Charter School-Harlem 1.

While Special Music School's chronic absenteeism rate is higher than the state average, it is significantly lower than the rates observed in nearby schools like Democracy Prep Endurance Charter School (55.4%) and Success Academy Charter School-Harlem 1 (62.2%). Additionally, the school's spending per student of $16,803 in the 2022-2023 school year is higher than the state average but lower than some of the nearby specialized schools, such as Ps 226 ($70,688) and Ps 169 Robert F Kennedy ($75,329).


Detail:

Public, Alternative K-12

 129 W 67th St
       New York, NY  10023


(212) 501-3318

District: New York City Geographic District # 3

SchoolDigger Rank:
6th of 2,439 New York Alternative Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $16,803 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  10.5 Help
Number of students:  295

Racial breakdown:

White:
34.6%
Asian:
20.7%
Two or more races:
19.0%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  24.1% Help


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Compare Details Special Music School ranks better than 99.8% of elementary schools in New York. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 98.54. (See more...)
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Compare Details Special Music School ranks better than 99.9% of middle schools in New York. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 99.33. (See more...)
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Compare Details Special Music School ranks better than 88.1% of high schools in New York. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 78.28. (See more...)
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The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) measures the percentage of Special Music School freshmen who graduate within four years, adjusting for students who transfer in or out.
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The high school dropout rate measures the percentage of students who do not complete their high school education.
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Chronic absenteeism in a high school refers to a situation where students repeatedly miss school, with the threshold often defined as missing 10% or more of school days for any reason, excused or unexcused.
Student Body
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Compare Details Student population at Special Music School is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (34.6%), Asian (20.7%), two or more races (19%). (See more...)
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Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Special Music School is 10.5. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Special Music School is $16,803.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

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SchoolDigger ranks Special Music School 6th of 2439 New York public elementary schools. (See Special Music School in the ranking list.)

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SchoolDigger ranks Special Music School 1st of 1500 New York public middle schools. (See Special Music School in the ranking list.)
SchoolDigger ranks Special Music School 146th of 1228 New York public high schools. (See Special Music School in the ranking list.)

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New York City Geographic District # 3:

SchoolDigger ranks New York City Geographic District # 3 479th of 866 New York school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for Special Music School

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Rank History for all elementary school students at Special Music School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2011 95.93 2nd 2286 99.9%
2012 95.62 2nd 2320 99.9%
2013 97.54 4th 2325 99.8%
2014 97.95 3rd 2345 99.9%
2015 97.45 4th 2352 99.8%
2016 97.09 5th 2366 99.8%
2017 97.62 6th 2386 99.7%
2018 97.28 4th 2395 99.8%
2019 98.77 12th 2413 99.5%
2021 96.03 8th 2201 99.6%
2022 97.76 11th 2434 99.5%
2023 98.54 6th 2439 99.8%
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Rank History for elementary school Female students at Special Music School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 96.42 6th 2338 99.7%
2022 96.30 25th 2401 99.0%
2023 97.23 18th 2403 99.3%
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Rank History for elementary school Male students at Special Music School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 97.33 2nd 2340 99.9%
2022 97.22 13th 2400 99.5%
2023 98.59 4th 2400 99.8%
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Rank History for elementary school White students at Special Music School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 92.17 19th 1408 98.7%
2022 94.65 16th 1399 98.9%
2023 97.50 1st 1337 99.9%
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Data source: test scores: NY State Education Department, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rank History for Special Music School

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Rank History for all middle school students at Special Music School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2011 96.66 6th 1295 99.5%
2012 96.07 8th 1337 99.4%
2013 98.75 9th 1373 99.3%
2014 98.92 11th 1401 99.2%
2015 98.65 14th 1407 99.0%
2016 98.72 15th 1429 99.0%
2017 98.96 16th 1455 98.9%
2018 98.83 15th 1438 99.0%
2019 99.24 13th 1439 99.1%
2022 99.53 2nd 1479 99.9%
2023 99.33 1st 1500 99.9%
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Rank History for middle school Female students at Special Music School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 97.69 23rd 1353 98.3%
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Rank History for middle school Male students at Special Music School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 98.42 22nd 1352 98.4%
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Rank History for middle school White students at Special Music School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 96.54 17th 763 97.8%
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Data source: test scores: NY State Education Department, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Rank History for all high school students at Special Music School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2014 67.70 314th 1237 74.6%
2015 64.21 362nd 1255 71.2%
2016 51.66 618th 1255 50.8%
2017 56.58 541st 1221 55.7%
2018 60.51 519th 1210 57.1%
2019 66.28 415th 1207 65.6%
2022 76.59 175th 1190 85.3%
2023 78.28 146th 1228 88.1%
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Rank History for high school Multi-racial students at Special Music School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 38.22 108th 157 31.2%
2019 58.39 72nd 165 56.4%
2023 72.06 60th 272 77.9%
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Rank History for high school Special Education students at Special Music School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 78.09 162nd 1095 85.2%
2019 89.54 56th 1132 95.1%
2022 78.78 126th 1038 87.9%
2023 89.56 51st 1130 95.5%
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Rank History for high school Low Socio Economic Status students at Special Music School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 60.33 396th 1154 65.7%
2019 65.95 304th 1179 74.2%
2022 85.36 29th 1101 97.4%
2023 75.93 124th 1155 89.3%
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Rank History for high school Female students at Special Music School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 49.81 653rd 1176 44.5%
2019 63.62 467th 1193 60.9%
2022 77.46 157th 1155 86.4%
2023 76.54 201st 1197 83.2%
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Rank History for high school Male students at Special Music School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 71.23 268th 1176 77.2%
2019 67.19 358th 1190 69.9%
2022 79.57 104th 1154 91.0%
2023 79.58 118th 1191 90.1%
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Rank History for high school Asian students at Special Music School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 56.76 210th 426 50.7%
2019 62.64 193rd 447 56.8%
2023 59.53 187th 424 55.9%
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Rank History for high school African American students at Special Music School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 64.92 190th 679 72.0%
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Rank History for high school Hispanic students at Special Music School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 66.29 221st 791 72.1%
2019 84.09 53rd 815 93.5%
2022 70.95 170th 760 77.6%
2023 79.14 109th 851 87.2%
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Rank History for high school White students at Special Music School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 55.34 351st 765 54.1%
2019 57.31 332nd 793 58.1%
2022 77.26 61st 738 91.7%
2023 72.95 121st 776 84.4%
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Data source: test scores: NY State Education Department, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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by a parent
Saturday, September 29, 2018

Open Quote This school is a gem. Not only due to the fact that the kids get the unique opportunity to learn an instrument but also because of its diverse wonderful community: staff, faculty, teachers, principal, parents and students are all just incredible! Close Quote


by a parent
Friday, April 7, 2017

Open Quote A jewel in the NYC public school system! Close Quote



Enrollment information for Special Music School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2010 78 11 31 13 1 n/a n/a 0 134
2011 84 10 29 10 1 0 0 0 134
2012 76 11 35 12 1 2 1 0 138
2013 74 16 26 11 0 0 10 0 137
2014 91 28 34 17 0 0 21 0 191
2015 102 33 40 28 0 0 25 0 228
2016 122 37 44 39 0 0 35 0 277
2017 134 43 49 42 1 1 44 0 314
2018 137 37 45 47 2 0 45 0 313
2019 144 31 45 44 3 0 46 0 313
2020 138 22 43 47 3 0 52 0 305
2021 138 22 43 50 3 0 42 0 298
2022 116 24 50 52 1 0 51 0 294
2023 102 24 61 50 1 1 56 0 295

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Special Music School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2010 134 10.0 13.4 n/a
2011 134 8.0 16.7 6
2012 138 11.9 11.5 7.2
2013 137 12.0 11.4 9.5
2014 191 15.0 12.7 13.1
2015 228 17.0 13.4 16.2
2016 277 22.0 12.5 18.4
2017 314 22.8 13.7 18.2
2018 313 24.0 13.0 21.4
2019 313 24.0 13.0 22
2020 305 28.6 10.6 17.4
2021 298 27.3 10.9 24.8
2022 294 28.4 10.3 22.1
2023 295 27.8 10.5 24.1

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Special Music School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2010 134 10.0 13.4 n/a
2011 134 8.0 16.7 6
2012 138 11.9 11.5 7.2
2013 137 12.0 11.4 9.5
2014 191 15.0 12.7 13.1
2015 228 17.0 13.4 16.2
2016 277 22.0 12.5 18.4
2017 314 22.8 13.7 18.2
2018 313 24.0 13.0 21.4
2019 313 24.0 13.0 22
2020 305 28.6 10.6 17.4
2021 298 27.3 10.9 24.8
2022 294 28.4 10.3 22.1
2023 295 27.8 10.5 24.1

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.

Immunization Rates

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YearCompletely Immunized
201590.0%

Data source: New York State Department of Health
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Special Music School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $30 (0.2%) $14,888 (99.8%) $14,918
2020 $90 (0.6%) $15,630 (99.4%) $15,720
2021 $12 (0.1%) $15,405 (99.9%) $15,416
2022 $906 (5.4%) $15,942 (94.6%) $16,848
2023 $210 (1.2%) $16,592 (98.7%) $16,803

Data source: New York Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Special Music School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 12th of 2413 Elementary schoolsRanks 6th of 2439 Elementary schools
 0.3%
Ranks 13th of 1439 Middle schoolsRanks 1st of 1500 Middle schools
 0.8%
Ranks 415th of 1207 High schoolsRanks 146th of 1228 High schools
 22.5%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Special Music School)100100
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (New York City Geographic District # 3)6566.4
 1.4%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (New York)5244.9
 7.1%
3rd Grade Math (Special Music School)100100
   3rd Grade Math (New York City Geographic District # 3)6765.6
 1.4%
   3rd Grade Math (New York)5453.7
 0.3%
5th Grade Math (Special Music School)100100
   5th Grade Math (New York City Geographic District # 3)6065
 5%
   5th Grade Math (New York)4649.7
 3.7%
6th Grade English Language Arts (Special Music School)93100
 7%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (New York City Geographic District # 3)6464.5
 0.5%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (New York)4745.8
 1.2%
6th Grade Math (Special Music School)93100
 7%
   6th Grade Math (New York City Geographic District # 3)5858.2
 0.2%
   6th Grade Math (New York)4748.1
 1.1%
7th Grade English Language Arts (Special Music School)93100
 7%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (New York City Geographic District # 3)6166.4
 5.4%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (New York)4048
 8%
7th Grade Math (Special Music School)100100
   7th Grade Math (New York City Geographic District # 3)5959.4
 0.4%
   7th Grade Math (New York)4451.9
 7.9%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Special Music School)100100
   8th Grade English Language Arts (New York City Geographic District # 3)6672.9
 6.9%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (New York)4855.2
 7.2%
End of Course Algebra I (Special Music School)94.190.5
 3.6%
   End of Course Algebra I (New York City Geographic District # 3)59.458.8
 0.6%
   End of Course Algebra I (New York)71.164.6
 6.5%
End of Course Chemistry (Special Music School)59.672.7
 13.2%
   End of Course Chemistry (New York City Geographic District # 3)72.861.5
 11.4%
   End of Course Chemistry (New York)73.165.2
 7.9%
End of Course Algebra II (Special Music School)67.489.2
 21.8%
   End of Course Algebra II (New York City Geographic District # 3)75.658
 17.6%
   End of Course Algebra II (New York)82.764.1
 18.5%
End of Course English (Special Music School)10087.8
 12.2%
   End of Course English (New York City Geographic District # 3)81.778.4
 3.4%
   End of Course English (New York)83.976.9
 6.9%
End of Course Geometry (Special Music School)82.788.4
 5.7%
   End of Course Geometry (New York City Geographic District # 3)65.957.3
 8.6%
   End of Course Geometry (New York)70.153.2
 17%
End of Course Living Environment (Special Music School)95.4100
 4.7%
   End of Course Living Environment (New York City Geographic District # 3)6957.8
 11.2%
   End of Course Living Environment (New York)73.265.7
 7.5%
End of Course Physics (Special Music School)45.554.8
 9.4%
   End of Course Physics (New York City Geographic District # 3)78.349.6
 28.7%
   End of Course Physics (New York)81.668.1
 13.5%
End of Course U.S. History and Government (Special Music School)97.997.9
 0%
   End of Course U.S. History and Government (New York City Geographic District # 3)65.971.1
 5.2%
   End of Course U.S. History and Government (New York)76.979.7
 2.8%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students313295
 5.8%
African American3124
 22.6%
American Indian31
 66.7%
Asian4561
 35.6%
Hispanic4450
 13.6%
Pacific Islander01
White144102
 29.2%
Two or More Races4656
 21.7%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients22%24.1%
 2%


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In the 2022-23 school year, 295 students attended Special Music School.

Students at Special Music School are 35% White, 21% Asian, 19% Two or more races, 17% Hispanic, 8% African American.

Yes! Special Music School is one of the best alternative schools in the state. It ranks 6th of 2439 New York alternative schools.


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