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Academic Program

Special Music School is New York City's only K-12 school that teaches music as a core subject.

SMS High School's first two graduating classes, the classes of 2017 and 2018, are unique among New York City public schools in having 100% graduation and college acceptance rates.

Special Music School High School provides talented young musicians with the opportunity to pursue serious music studies along with a rigorous Regents-based academic curriculum all during the regular school day.  A comprehensive college-preparatory program is provided with numerous advanced placement (AP) offerings. Spanish is offered as a foreign language.

Our high school admits only 50 students per grade for a total enrollment of 200 students. This enables Special Music School High School to provide a small and individually focused learning environment for each and every student.

  • Students major in Instrumental Music, Voice or Composition; Two-year sequence in music technology
  • Participation in collaborative ensembles and solo and ensemble performing opportunities
  • Interaction with professional musicians and composers through residencies
  • Graduating seniors create collaborative interdisciplinary projects to present in the community




Grades K-8:
Tel: 212 501 3390

High School:
Tel: 212 501 3395

Administrative Offices

Grades K-8:
Tel: 212 501 3318

Grades 9-12:
Tel: 917 441 3692