Manhattan Early College School for Advertising (02M280)

411 Pearl Street, Manhattan, NY 10038, Manhattan
Phone: 212-225-0880
Hours: 08:30am - 02:50pm
School Website:
NYCDOE Website:
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Subway: 1, E to Park Place; 2, 3, A, C to Fulton St; 4, 5, 6, J, Z to Chambers St; N, Q to Canal St; R to City Hall
Bus: BM1, BM2, BM3, BM4, BxM18, M103, M15, M15-SBS, M22, M55, M9, QM11, QM25, QM7, QM8, SIM1, SIM10, SIM11, SIM15, SIM1C, SIM2, SIM3, SIM31, SIM32, SIM33C, SIM34, SIM35, SIM3C, SIM4, SIM4C, SIM4X, SIM5, SIM6, X27, X28, X37, X38
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Program Details
Manhattan Early College School for Advertising (M73A)

Students engage in a rigorous, project-based curriculum that blends art, technology, and creative problem solving. Students have the option to graduate from MECA after four years with a CTE-endorsed high school diploma and up to 36 college credits or to stay for six years and graduate with a high school diploma, an Associate Degree from the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) and two years of paid work experience.

Ed. Opt. programs admit students across all academic levels. Students are grouped into Low, Middle, and High categories based on a composite of their academic data. One-third of offers are made to students in each category.
  • (Group 1) Priority to Manhattan students or residents
  • (Group 2) Then to New York City residents
Student & Admissions Statistics
School Year
Total Students Across All Grades
    Grade 12 Students
    Grade 11 Students
    Grade 10 Students
    Grade 9 Students
Graduation %
College %
Manhattan Early College School for Advertising (M73A)
GE Applicants / Seats:
SWD Applicants / Seats:

77 / 88 (0.88)
11 / 24 (0.46)
Offers - Waitlist
About the School

Through close partnerships with the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) and the Advertising and media industry, our school prepares students for success at four-year colleges and competitive careers. Students can earn an associate degree at no cost in addition to their CTE-endorsed high school Regents diploma through our inclusion in CUNY's PTech program. During their first four years, students participate in job shadowing, field trips, training seminars, and summer internships. Additionally, students begin taking college courses during the fall of their 10th grade year. All of our community members are accountable for our four core values: Scholarship, Creativity, Responsibility, and Empathy. Students are held to high standards and expected to participate in the development of our community.

Academic Highlights: CTE program(s): Advertising/Communications

Other Features: 10th Grade Seats Available, Career and Technical Education (CTE), College Trips, Health Center, Internship Expected, Internships Available, Online Grading System, Orientation, Program(s) with 1 GE Applicant Per Seat, Saturday Programs, Student Parent Orientation, Summer Bridge, Summer Internships, Summer Orientation, Weekend Programs

School Features:

  • NYC 9-14 School, which offer a six-year program where students earn a high school diploma, gain valuable work-based learning experiences, and can earn a no-cost Associate's degree (or up to two years of college credits)
  • Offers 10th Grade Seats
  • School whose primary location is co-located with another school

AP Courses, Languages & Sports
AP Courses
Algebra II (Advanced Math), AP United States History, Arts (College Course [Credited]), Chemistry (Advanced Science), Chemistry (College Course [Credited]), ELA (College Course [Credited]), Math (College Course [Credited]), Physics (Advanced Science), Social Studies (College Course [Credited]), World Languages (College Course [Credited])
Languages Offered
American Sign Language, French, Spanish
Diploma Endorsements
Math, CTE
Boys PSAL Sports
Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Indoor Track, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Volleyball, Wrestling
Girls PSAL Sports
Badminton, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Flag Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball
Co-ed PSAL Sports
Other Sports
Cheerleading, Cross Country, Flag Football, Lacrosse, Running Club, Soccer, Track and Field, Wrestling
ReAct, job shadowing, paid internships, SYEP, Model UN, GSA, Black Student Union, MECA's Got Talent, Book Club, photography club, culinary club
Survey Summary & Data (2022-23)
Student Responses - 5% responded
Academic Rigor 
Academic Engagement 
Bully Prevention 
Mental Support 
Post-School Support 
Teacher Responses - 45% responded
Academic Rigor 
School Satisfaction 
Student Behavior 
Student Support 
School Leadership 
Instructional Clarity 
Instructional Development 
Post-School Support 
Family Responses - 13% responded
Teacher Support 
School Community 
School Leadership 
Post-School Support 

Note: Yellow bars indicate city-wide averages for the associated category

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Academic Summary & Data (2022-23)
Academic Proficiency
4-Year Grad. %
Avg. CC Regents Score
Avg. Non-CC Regents Score
College Aptitude
CCPC Index
Avg. SAT Math Score
Avg. SAT Read/Write Score
2-Year College 18.90%
4-Year College 66.60%
Other Postsecondary 4.50%
Public Service 0.90%
Unknown 9.10%

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Information on NYS Regents exams can be found here:

School Demographics (2022-23)
Student Population:
Male 45.70%
Female 54.30%
English Language Learners:
Students with IEPs:
Economic Need Index:
Student Ethnicity:
Asian 10.20%
Black 31.60%
Hispanic 50.80%
White 3.60%
Other 3.80%
Teacher Ethnicity:
Black 21.10%
White 57.90%
Other 21.00%