Beacon High School (03M479)

522 West 44Th Street, Manhattan, NY 10036, Manhattan
Phone: 212-465-4230
Hours: 8:00am - 2:20pm
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Quality Snapshot:
Subway: 1, 2, 3, 7, A, C, E, N, Q, R, S to 42nd St
Bus: M104, M11, M12, M20, M34-SBS, M34A-SBS, M42, M50, SIM22, SIM23, SIM24, SIM25, SIM26, SIM30, SIM8, SIM8X
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Beacon High School offers an inquiry-based program with technology and arts infused throughout the curriculum. We emphasize a challenging, well-rounded liberal arts education based on the principle of shared exploration and problem-solving. In assessments for graduation, students present performance-based projects to panels of teachers. Beacon offers extensive opportunities to participate in clubs, sports, community service, and international travel.

Academic Highlights: Performance-Based Assessment Tasks (PBATs)

Other Features: Diversity in Admissions, Program(s) with 3+ GE Applicants Per Seat, Program(s) with 3+ SWD Applicants Per Seat

School Features:

  • Performance Assessment School, which base graduation requirements on the successful completion of performance assessments in major subject areas in lieu of one or more Regents exams
  • School whose primary location is co-located with another school
  • Diversity in Admissions (DIA): Priority to applicants eligible for free or reduced price lunch for 66% of seats

AP Courses, Languages & Sports
AP Courses
Algebra II (Advanced Math), AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Environmental Science, AP French Language and Culture, AP Physics 1, AP Spanish Language and Culture, Calculus (Advanced Math), Chemistry (Advanced Science), Comp Sci/Math Tech (College Course [Credited]), Econ/Gov (College Course [Credited]), Econ/Gov (College Course [Uncredited]), ELA (College Course [Credited]), ELA (College Course [Uncredited]), Math (College Course [Credited]), Other (College Course [Credited]), Physics (Advanced Science), Science (College Course [Credited]), Social Studies (College Course [Credited]), World Languages (Advanced World Languages)
Languages Offered
French, Spanish
Boys PSAL Sports
Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Fencing, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Tennis, Wrestling
Girls PSAL Sports
Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Fencing, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball
Other Sports
Freshman Dance Ensemble, Beacon Step Team, Boys Ultimate Frisbee, Climbing Club, Dance Makers Collaborative, Girls Ultimate Frisbee, Rock Climbing, Table Tennis Club
Africana, Art Club, Asian Student Union, B'DAT Choir, B'DAT Freshman Project, B'DAT Mainstage Theatre, B'DAT Tech Teams, B'SAGA (Beacon's Sexuality and Gender Alliance Club for the LGBTQ+ Community), Beacon Beat (School Newspaper), Beacon Ink (School Magazine), Marine Biology Club, Mock Trial, Pan-Asian 'Anime' Club, Current Events, Debate Team, Dungeons and Dragons, Entrepreneurship Club, Environment Club, Film Club, French Club, Game Makers Club, Girl Up, Girls in Government, Girls Who Code, Integrate Beacon (desegregation & inclusion work), Jewish Student Alliance, Key Club, Korean and Chinese Language Culture Club, Latinx Student Union, Live Poets Society, Math Club, Medical Club, Model Congress, Photography, Podcast Club, Policy and Philosophical Journal, Project ABLE (raises funds to promote literacy and education in East Africa), SAT Math Prep, Spanish Club, Stock Market Club, Student Government, Students Demand Action for Gun Safety, Stylemakers Fashion Club, Sunshine Society (Wellness Club), The Moth (Storytelling Club), Upcycling Club (Recycling Art Club), Young Democrats
The Beacon School(M71A)
Performing Arts/Visual Art & Design, Project-Based Learning

We offer an inquiry-based college-preparatory program. Beacon fosters a nurturing, collaborative work environment that promotes students' appreciation for intellectual diversity, preparation for the rigors of college, and active engagement in their larger communities. Our humanities and science courses encourage students to search through multiple perspectives and to scour research and experimental data for the answers to difficult questions. This program requires students to complete an assignment as part of admissions. Soon, you will be able to upload your completed assignment through MySchools. Learn more at

Students are admitted based on a school-based assessment, and in some cases also their course grades.
  • (Group 1) Open to New York City residents
DIA Admissions:
  • Applicants eligible for free or reduced price lunch will be considered first for 66% of seats.
  • For the remaining 34% of seats, all students will be considered.
Student & Admissions Statistics
School Year
Total Students Across All Grades
    Grade 12 Students
    Grade 11 Students
    Grade 10 Students
    Grade 9 Students
Graduation %
College %
The Beacon School (M71A)
GE Applicants / Seats:
DIA Seats:
Non-DIA Seats:
SWD Applicants / Seats:

4,251 / 282 (15.07)
271 / 78 (3.47)
Offers - Waitlist
Survey Summary & Data (2022-23)
Student Responses - 57% responded
Academic Rigor 
Academic Engagement 
Bully Prevention 
Mental Support 
Post-School Support 
Teacher Responses - 87% responded
Academic Rigor 
School Satisfaction 
Student Behavior 
Student Support 
School Leadership 
Instructional Clarity 
Instructional Development 
Post-School Support 
Family Responses - 23% 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
College Aptitude
CCPC Index
Avg. ACT English Score
Avg. ACT Math Score
Avg. ACT Reading Score
Avg. ACT Science Score
Avg. SAT Math Score
Avg. SAT Read/Write Score
2-Year College 1.60%
4-Year College 81.40%
Other Postsecondary 0.50%
Unknown 16.50%

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Information on NYS Regents exams can be found here:

School Demographics (2022-23)
Student Population:
Male 36.00%
Female 64.00%
English Language Learners:
Students with IEPs:
Economic Need Index:
Student Ethnicity:
Asian 12.60%
Black 13.90%
Hispanic 28.40%
White 37.60%
Other 7.50%
Teacher Ethnicity:
Asian 8.10%
Black 12.80%
Hispanic 11.60%
White 65.10%
Other 2.40%