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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

School Of The Future

Grades 6-8 | New York City, NY

School of the Future by the Numbers

This New York City middle and high school ensures that students learn how to think critically and are assessed in an authentic way.

SoF students come from all backgrounds. Forty percent qualify for free and reduced lunch, seventeen percent are enrolled in special education, and 98 percent will go on to college.

Credit: Tom LeGoff


The School of the Future (SOF) is a public school in New York City’s bustling Gramercy Park neighborhood.

Grades: 6-12

Students: 689

Certified teachers: 48

Student population:
 - African American: 20%
 - Caucasian: 34%
 - Asian: 18%
 - Latino: 26%
 - English-language learners: 2%
 - Individualized education programs: 17%
 - Attendance: 95.5%
 - Qualify for free or reduced-price lunch: 40.1%

Per-pupil spending:
$5,000 per general ed student per the Fair Student Funding formula

Income in the 2009-10 year from grants:
Approximately $40,000

Computers for students:
Five mobile labs with 15-25 laptops plus 30 stationary Mac desktops in a computer lab

Dedicated collaborative-planning hours:
 - Three hours per week for departmental, grade-level, and special ed/general ed
   collaborative meetings
 - Two hours per month for full staff meetings

Eighth graders scoring at or above a level 3 (meeting standards or meeting standards with distinction) on the New York State Assessments, 2009:
 - English-language arts: 82%, up from 74% the previous year
 - Math: 94%, up from 84% the previous year

Building constructed: 1905

Year Stacy Goldstein became director of the middle school: 2005

Year John Fanning became director of the high school: 2006




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