Stuyvesant High School in New York City, NY - Niche

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Stuyvesant High School is a public school in New York City, New York. It has 3,285 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 99% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 587 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

345 Chambers St
New York, NY 10282
(212) 312-4800

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3.9 from 587 reviews
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    • High School Junior
    • 5
    Overall Experience: Stuyvesant has always been known as the "pinnacle" of all high schools in NYC, and with legitimate reason. The students here are all diligent; everyone strives to be the best. However, everyone still manages to be friendly with each other, maintaining an amiable atmosphere. There is a wide variety of classes to take, ranging from Hospital Internship to Organic Chemistry to Wall Street to Multivariate Calculus to Video Production! There also is a wide spectrum of AP's to take (with over 30 offered). The environment surrounding Stuy is one of the safest neighborhoods in NYC. There are plenty of places to eat out for lunch: McDonalds, Whole Foods, and Ferry's (deli).

    However, the workload can be extremely brutal. There are some nights where you would have HW for each class + 3 tests the next day to study for + SAT's/ACT's + AP exams to study for. Escalators (yes, we have them) are occasionally (usually always) broken. Also, school food could be better (but that's what we get for being a public school). Despite the downsides, I wouldn't trade this school for anything else!
    • High School Junior
    • 4
    Overall Experience: It's a great school and I love how the students are always so helpful.
    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Overall Experience: Stuyvesant is probably one of the most well known high schools in all of New York City. While many believe it to be incredible competitive and pressuring, that image is only part of what Stuyvesant is. Although many students are competitive, that competitiveness also drives us all to do our best. That competitiveness doesn't mean that we degrade students that have lower grades. We use that drive to work hard together and do our very best. Even though Stuy is pressuring, I have found that it has helped me with time management, which is a very important life skill. I really do love Stuy and even though there are some moments I have found to be quite daunting and tiring, working through those moments have really made me a better person. I really like our supportive staff and my fellow peers because they are always intellectually stimulating. Some downfalls of Stuy would be as previously mentioned, the pressure and homework amount. Sometimes the escalators are faulty too! But don't worry, you can work out your leg muscles with those stairs! ;)
    • Niche User
    • 4
    Overall Experience: Stuyvesant High School is one of the best high schools in NYC and the nation. And there's a reason for that. The students and teachers you're surrounded by are intelligent and stimulating. That being said, be prepared to work really hard. If you coasted by in middle school, you're in for a rude awakening. There's no coasting at Stuy and if you do, don't expect excellent grades. If you were the best of the best, you're now surrounded by other people exactly like you. Normal SAT's are above 2100. Classes can be difficult and teachers can be aloof. That being said there are some incredibly supportive and amazing teachers who push your limits but know how to do it positively. I would totally do it all over again but this time I would hone my time management skills and really focus in classes and my studies. My overall GPA would have benefited greatly if I had known that before.
    • Niche User
    • 4
    Overall Experience: Competitive, yet caring community of students and teachers that push you to bring out the best in yourself.

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Student Demographics Read more about this school's student culture and diversity


Male 58%
Female 41%

Student Diversity

Stuyvesant High School United States Aviation Career & Technical High School Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art & Performing Arts High School for Health Professions & Human Service Long Island City High School Murry Bergtraum High School for Business Careers
Asian 71.0% 4.8% 27.0% 20.0% 20.0% 14.0% 9.0%
White 23.0% 51.0% 10.0% 47.0% 5.0% 11.0% 2.0%
Hispanic 2.0% 25.0% 53.0% 17.0% 50.0% 61.0% 45.0%
African American 1.0% 15.0% 6.0% 12.0% 22.0% 11.0% 42.0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Multiracial 0% 2.8% 1.0% 2.0% 0% 0% 0%
Native American 0% 1.1% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%


Grade 9 24.7%
Grade 10 25.1%
Grade 11 25.7%
Grade 12 24.5%

Educational Outcomes Read more about this school's educational outcomes

Student Opinions

If you could do it all over again, would you still want to go to this school?     Based on 77 responses

  • 79% Yes
  • 14% Not sure.
  • 6% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 63 responses

  • 27% The students
  • 25% Slightly competitive but friendly environment
  • 22% The diversity of classes available
  • 15% Interesting members of faculty
  • 7% Academically-focused environment.
  • 4% Extra curricular activities

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 63 responses

  • 25% Frequently malfunctioning escalators
  • 19% Homework load.
  • 18% Difficulty of getting the classes you want
  • 11% Certain graduation requirements
  • 9% Incredibly stressful
  • 8% DOE forces you to take classes you do not like.
  • 4% Teachers who are indifferent
  • 2% Late homework assignment from some of the teachers
  • 2% There are too many students
  • 1% Incredibly competative

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 63 responses

  • 43% All of the above.
  • 22% High college acceptance and academic success
  • 21% Impressive Range of Available Classes
  • 14% Competitive

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 62 responses

  • 55% Intellectually Stimulating
  • 24% Competitive
  • 13% Best of the best
  • 5% Multi-talented
  • 2% Overrated
  • 2% Overwhelming

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 62 responses

  • 50% Time management skills are a must.
  • 39% Prepare to work for your grades.
  • 8% It's a lot harder than you think it is.
  • 3% You won't always be in control of your education

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 47 responses

  • 17% I love everything about this school.
  • 77% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 2% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 4% I hate everything about this school.