Located in the heart of Lower Manhattan’s Financial District, Millennium High School (MHS) is on the entire 11 th , 12 th & 13 th floors of 75 Broad Street, the 1929 “International Telephone Building.”
A complete renovation of this 33-story building included creation of a separate entrance on South William Street and dedicated elevators for Millennium.
Other tenants currently in the building include telecommunication and real estate companies, but students are not aware of their presence.
There are eight periods during the day and each period is 50 minutes with the exception of lunch and Advisory which are 40 minutes each.
Students can go out for lunch (with written parental permission) or they can stay in the school café for a nutritious and delicious meal. If students decide to go out for lunch, the area is full of delis, cafés, fast food restaurants, pizzerias, salad bars, etc.
Principal Robert Rhodes has been a public school teacher and administrator for 19 years. He received Clark University’s Secondary Educator of the Year award in 2003 and in 2008 was awarded a Cahn Fellowship designed by Teacher’s College to recognize outstanding principals.
The MHS faculty is young, energetic, and highly qualified, holding undergraduate and graduate degrees from top institutions across the country. Many have been recipients of highly competitive grants and have studied around the world.
The 9/10 core curriculum establishes a foundation of critical thinking skills and features key content infused into all classes. The sequence includes English, Biology/Chemistry, Global History, Math, Writing, Phys Ed/Health and Art.
In 11 th and 12 th grades (Upper House), students choose thematic and/or Advanced Placement courses. Students may also enroll in college classes at NYU, Pace, Baruch and BMCC for simultaneous high school and college credit. (These courses are usually taken after school hours or during weekends.) There are also elective courses in Art as well as all of the major subjects.
Students in 9 th and 10 th grades take English four times a week and read classic books including Frankenstein, 1984, Othello, and The Odyssey with the dual goals of understanding complex narratives and learning how to write traditional literary analysis papers.
Electives in 11 th & 12 th grades are aimed to expose students to literature of various time periods, genres, cultures and authors. Semester-long courses meet five times per week and include: Modern Literature, American Identities, Shakespeare, New York Stories, Short Story Workshop, and Plays for Social Change.
In addition, Upper House students may apply to Advanced Placement Courses including AP Language and AP Literature.
Writing is a separate subject from English at Millennium. Writing classes meet three times a week in 9 th & 10 th grade.
The course revolves around genre study and focuses on the writing process. This includes units on poetry, speeches, letters to the editor, the persuasive essay, newspaper / editorial, and oral history.
Global Studies I & II, taken in 9 th and 10 th grades, meets four times a week and covers content from the Neolithic Revolution to modern day. Global Studies develops analysis, research, organization, academic writing and public speaking skills through a variety of sources and topics including current events.
Students continue to practice these skills in their study of core U.S. History courses including Government, Economics, US Foreign Policy and Social Issues.
Upper House students may also be eligible to take AP Government or a World History elective course in addition to their core history requirements.
Two unique aspects of life at MHS are Advisory and Exhibitions.
There are 15-20 students in each Advisory and they meet every day with the same Advisor and group for all four years. Students read independently three times a week in Advisory with the goal of completing 25 books during the year.
Exhibitions are required to graduate at MHS. Students complete a 5-10 page independent research paper supported by an oral presentation in the spring term of 10 th , 11 th & 12 th grades. Students are assigned a sponsor from our faculty to help them through the process.
The college curriculum begins in the 9 th grade as students begin to explore the process with guest speakers.
In 10 th grade, students participate in College Week and may enroll in SAT review courses offered after school.
11 th grade focuses on the application process with students researching schools, writing essays, preparing a resume, and beginning to fill out applications as a group. Students visit local colleges and individual families meet with the counselor.
In 12 th grade, students repeat the process and submit their applications. MHS also offers many workshops open to families on the various components of applying to college.
The After-school Program keeps the school open every day until 6:00 PM. It has two components: Academic Support and Student Life.
The Academic Support consists of tutoring, homework help, writing center, lap top sign-out, and SAT Prep.
The Student Life Program provides a variety of clubs that support leadership development, creative expression, physical development, healthy lifestyles, civic engagement, social responsibility and cultural awareness.
After-school clubs number more than 40 options a week, including music, dance and drama. Look under the “Students” tab to view the complete After-school schedule.