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High School for Environmental Studies

High School for Environmental Studies is a coeducational public school for students in grades 9 through 12.

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Institution Type: Public Setting: Urban


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High School for Environmental Studies says

The mission of the High School for Environmental Studies (HSES) is to reach high standards of excellence by providing a unique, challenging curriculum. We combine environmentally-infused courses with applied-learning experiences and hands-on programs that incorporate the rich cultural, economic, and social diversity of New York City. It is the further mission of our school for families, students, administration, and staff to work collaboratively to identify issues, define goals, formulate policies, and implement activities. Our Environmental Seminar provides all freshmen with individualized attention and helps students to further develop their skills in an environment that fosters risk-taking and independent growth. Everyone in the HSES community is committed to excel, as all learners are challenged, motivated, and provided with an open avenue of communication.


Honors Academy, Environmental Internship/Career and College Advisory, College Now, Blue Star Financial Literacy, SAT Prep, Senior Thesis, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) courses in Writing in the Environment and the Global Environment; Sponsors for Educational Opportunities (SEO), Environmental Seminar, Writing Center, Science Research, Forensic Science, Physics, Urban Barcode Project, Calculus, Beginning and Advanced Chorus, Yoga, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Beginning and Advanced Instruments


Mathematics and science research, work in university laboratories.

Program Specialization: Environmental Science

Available Seats in Freshmen Class: 30

Admission Method: Screened

Required Grades For Incoming Students

  • Math: 85-100
  • Science: 85-100
  • Social Studies: 85-100
  • English: 85-100

Interdisciplinary program emphasizing environmental studies: the natural environment, the urban environment and environmental ethics. Students are expected to engage in research, environmental projects, internships and complete a senior thesis.

Program Specialization: Humanities and Interdisciplinary

Available Seats in Freshmen Class: 270

Admission Method: Educational option

Entrance Requirements: Review of Attendance & Punctuality


Buses: M10, M104, M11, M20, M31, M5, M50, M57, M66, M7

Trains: E to 50th St; N, Q, R to 57th St - 7 Av; 1, A, B, C, D to 59th St-Columbus Circle



Public schools are supported through local, state, and federal funding, and do not charge tuition to students who attend them.



Admission Priorities

  • Open to New York City residents

Important Dates

Regular Application Deadline: December 2



82% of students graduate from High School for Environmental Studies

Test Scores

1419 Average score for the SAT Composite

Test Section Average Score
SAT Math 493
SAT Verbal 465
SAT Writing 461

NYC Report Card

Overall Score
College and Career Readiness


High School for Environmental Studies received a Silver award from US News in 2013.

  • AP Biology
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC
  • AP Macroeconomics
  • AP English Language and Composition
  • AP English Literature and Composition
  • AP United States Government and Politics
  • AP Physics B
  • AP Spanish Language and Culture
  • AP Spanish Literature and Culture
  • AP United States History
  • AP World History
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • French

Students and Faculty

Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 1,384
Enrollment By Grade
Grade Number of Students
9 392
10 380
11 312
12 296
Ungraded 4

High School for Environmental Studies's relatively variable enrollment profile may offer insights into student retention rates, local population changes, real estate costs, and the accessibility of alternative educational options. to find out more about the specific factors influencing High School for Environmental Studies's enrollment numbers.

Student Teacher Ratio 24 : 1
Gender 50% Male / 50% Female
Socioeconomic Diversity

68% of students qualify for a free or reduced price school lunch at High School for Environmental Studies.

Student Diversity
Percentage of Student Body
White 11%
Hispanic/Latino 57%
Black or African American 15%
Asian 17%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

There were 27 incidents of bullying last year at High School for Environmental Studies, which equals 0.0189 incidents per student.


Board Games, Bowling, Dance, Envirothon, French Club, Knitting Club, Leadership Class, Model UN, Multicultural Issues, National Honor Society (Arista), Photography, School Spirit, Student Government, Weight Training, Yearbook, YES, Yoga
  • Dance Club
  • Dance Team
  • Honor Society
  • Photography Club
  • Student Government
  • Yearbook
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Handball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Handball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
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