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Virtual tour 2011


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Virtual tour 2011

  1. 1. <ul><li>Located in the heart of Lower Manhattan’s Financial District, Millennium High School (MHS) occupies the entire 11 th , 12 th & 13 th floors of 75 Broad Street, the 1929 “International Telephone Building.” </li></ul><ul><li>The complete renovation of Millennium’s space in this 33-story building included creation of a separate entrance on South William Street and dedicated elevators for the school. </li></ul><ul><li>Other tenants currently in the building include telecommunication businesses, real estate companies, and not-for-profit organizations. Students and all other tenants are separated and do not co-mingle. </li></ul>
  2. 2. <ul><li>MHS was founded in 2002 with a $500,000 grant from New Visions for Public Schools, and Lower Manhattan’s Community Board 1 raised $14 million to build the school. </li></ul><ul><li>MHS enrolls approximately 650 students and has class sizes of approximately 32. </li></ul><ul><li>The MHS Parents’ Association is very active, holding a number of fundraising and educational events throughout the year. </li></ul><ul><li>The Phoenix is the school mascot and the school colors are red and black. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>All MHS students take four years of English, Social Studies, Mathematics, and Science, as well as three years of Foreign Language (Spanish or Mandarin). </li></ul><ul><li>There are two to three hours of homework each night, and 20 hours of annual community service to fulfill. </li></ul><ul><li>Regents exams in all core subjects are required to graduate. Please look under the “Academics” tab on our website for a full listing of our graduation requirements. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>School begins at 8:30 AM every day and ends at 2:30 PM on Mondays and Fridays and 3:00 PM Tuesdays through Thursdays. </li></ul><ul><li>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, and salad bars. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Principal Robert Rhodes has been a public school teacher and administrator for 22 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. </li></ul><ul><li>Assistant Principal Colin McEvoy is a founding staff member and is entering his 10 th year in the New York City system. </li></ul><ul><li>The MHS faculty is young, energetic, and highly qualified, holding undergraduate and graduate degrees from top institutions across the country. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><ul><ul><li>The 9 th and 10 th grade (Lower House) 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, Foreign Language, Phys Ed & Health, and Art. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>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 local institutions for simultaneous high school and college credit. (These courses are usually taken after school hours or during weekends.) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>There are also elective courses in Art as well as all of the major subjects. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Students in 9 th and 10 th grades take English five 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. </li></ul><ul><li>Electives in 11 th and 12 th grades are aimed to expose students to literature of various time periods, genres, cultures and authors. Courses meet five times per week and include: Modern Literature, British Literature, American Identities, Shakespeare, New York Stories, and Plays for Social Change. </li></ul><ul><li>In addition, Upper House students may apply to Advanced Placement Courses including AP Language and AP Literature. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>All 9 th graders start with Algebra I, which meets every day. If they demonstrate mastery of basic algebra skills on the MHS placement exam, they may advance to the next level, Geometry. </li></ul><ul><li>10 th graders study Geometry unless they have already taken it in 9 th grade. </li></ul><ul><li>Upper House students take Algebra II and Pre-Calculus and may choose to take AP Calculus and Applied Math. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>The MHS Science Program is lab based and emphasizes hands-on experience. Students learn how to design their own experiments and communicate their research. </li></ul><ul><li>In 9 th and 10 th grades, students meet six periods a week for an integrated Biology & Chemistry course. </li></ul><ul><li>Upper House students must complete one year of Physics and have the option of taking Advanced Physics, Advanced Biology, Advanced Chemistry, Advanced Geology & Astronomy, and Anatomy & Physiology. </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Global Studies I and II, taken in 9 th and 10 th grades, meets five 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. </li></ul><ul><li>11 th and 12 th grade students continue to practice these skills in their study of core US History courses including Government, Economics, and U.S. History Survey Courses. </li></ul><ul><li>Upper House students may also be eligible to take AP US History in addition to their core history requirements. </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Students are required to take three years of Foreign Language (either Spanish or Mandarin) which meets four times a week. 9 th graders may place into a Level II language class if they pass the MHS placement exam. </li></ul><ul><li>Both Spanish and Mandarin have a strong focus on communication: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Units are thematic and centered around essential questions. </li></ul><ul><li>All students are encouraged to participate in the After School Foreign Exchange program so they can put their language to use in authentic settings. Foreign exchange trips during the 2010-2011 school year included Peru and China. </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Visual Art class meets three times a week and is a required subject in 9 th and 10 th grades. </li></ul><ul><li>In 9 th grade, students build a foundation with various techniques and materials. In 10 th grade, students focus on conceptual ideas and modes of visual communication. </li></ul><ul><li>Elective courses in 11 th and 12 th grades include: Photography, Graphic Design, Mixed Media, and Yearbook. In addition, Upper House students may apply to AP Art. </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Students take Physical Education twice a week for seven of their eight semesters. </li></ul><ul><li>MHS has a fully equipped physical fitness room with weights, treadmills, and bicycle machines. We also have a multi-purpose room for open play. </li></ul><ul><li>Freshmen students take one semester of Health class in lieu of Physical Education. </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>Two unique aspects of life at MHS are Advisory and Exhibitions. </li></ul><ul><li>There are 15-20 students in each Advisory which meets three times a week. Students stay with the same Advisor and group for all four years. </li></ul><ul><li>Exhibitions are formal oral presentations based on major class projects. Students select one completed project from their coursework and use that as the basis for a graded presentation to peers and staff. </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>11 th grade focuses on the application process with students researching schools, writing essays, preparing resumes, and beginning to fill out applications as a group. Students visit local colleges and individual families meet with our counselors. In 12 th grade, students repeat the process and submit their applications. </li></ul><ul><li>MHS also offers many workshops open to parents on the various components of the college application process. </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>The After-School Program runs every day until 5:30 PM. It has two components: Academic Support and Student Life. </li></ul><ul><li>Academic Support is available Tuesdays through Thursdays and consists of homework help & tutoring in every subject. Students may also sign-out lap tops in our ARC (Academic Research Center), where writing teachers are available for support. </li></ul><ul><li>The Student Life Program provides a variety of clubs that support leadership development, creative expression, healthy lifestyles, civic engagement, social responsibility, and cultural awareness. </li></ul><ul><li>After-School Club options include music, dance, writing, and drama. Look at our “Student Life” under the “Students” tab to view the complete After-School schedule. </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>PSAL Sports at Millennium includes baseball, basketball (boys & girls), fencing, soccer, and cross country. </li></ul><ul><li>Academics must be in good standing to participate. </li></ul><ul><li>For more information on PSAL sports, please take a look at our “Student Life” page under the “Students” tab. </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>MHS is a screened program. Application is made through the NYC Department of Education high school admissions process. </li></ul><ul><li>Please read our FAQs under the “Admissions” tab for our selection criteria and more information about applying to MHS. </li></ul>Thank you for your interest in Millennium High School!