School Profile

Overview
Martin Van Buren High School is a Noble institution proudly offering rigorous STEM programs in Pre-Med, Robotics, and Engineering. Law & Humanities students develop artistic, writing, and research skills. Our students are supported in Small Learning Communities with teacher-leaders and staff who care about the success of each individual student. We challenge all students inside the classroom with a variety of AP, CUNY College Now, and Syracuse University classes. Outside the classroom, we connect our students to various colleges and internships around NYC. Our students showcase their talents through activities and competitions around NYC via our teams in Robotics, Math Olympiad, Model United Nations, Mock Trial, SING, and Journalism.
  • Our Pre-Med students take a rigorous slate of Honors and AP STEM classes while interning at prestigious universities and health facilities
  • MVB's award-winning Robotics team is cultivated through a sequence of Engineering and Robotics classes supplemented by Honors and AP STEM classes
  • Law students take Civil, Criminal & Constitutional Law classes while performing in Moot Court & Mock Trial; Partnerships at Columbia, NYU, John Jay
  • Humanities students will explore their musical and artistic talents through performance-based classes leading to careers in the arts
  • Students can earn up to 15 college credits through our partnerships with various colleges and universities
  • 79% of students graduate in four years

  • 45% of students enroll in college or career programs

  • 88% student attendance

  • 71% of students feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms, locker room, and cafeteria

  • 83% of students feel that this school offers a wide enough variety of programs, classes, and activities to keep them interested in school

See the School Quality Snapshot

AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science Principles, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP Psychology, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP United States History, AP World History: Modern
ACE, Anime, Art, Band, Cartooning, Cheer, College & Career Fairs, Cosmetology, Dance, Debate, Desi/International, Drama, Fashion, Fitness, Graphic Design, International Festival, Jobs/College Readiness, Journalism, Leaders Organization, Math Honor Society, Math Olympiad, Media, Mock Trial & Moot Court, Model United Nations, Murals, Music, Musical Ensembles in Drumline, Music Honors Society, Piano, Poetry, Robotics, Senior Executive Board, SING, Step, Student Council, Yearbook
PSAL SPORTS - COED

Cricket

PSAL SPORTS - GIRLS

Basketball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball

PSAL SPORTS - BOYS

Baseball, Basketball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Volleyball

STEM Institute for Engineering & Robotics (Q38L)

Students interested in Engineering, Robotics, or Computer fields take STEM classes in Engineering I and II and Robotics III and IV, along with options for Calculus, Chemistry, Computer Application, Computer Languages, Computer Science, Earth Science, Physics, AP Physics, and AP Calculus. Partnerships include: NYU-Polytechnic Institute and the First Robotics Competition; and UC-Berkeley Computer Science.

ADMISSIONS METHOD: Ed. Opt.

Ed. Opt. programs admit students across all reading levels. Students are grouped into Low, Middle, and High categories based on their state ELA exam score. Offers are made based on the number of seats in each category. To see your child’s category, go to your student's profile and scroll down to "Ed. Opt. Category".

PRIORITY GROUPS
  1. Priority to Queens students or residents (96% of offers went to this group)
  2. Then to New York City residents
DEMAND LAST YEAR
General Education Students With Disabilities
4     Applications Per Seat
85   Seats
321 Applicants
Not All Seats Filled
5    Applications Per Seat
15  Seats
68  Applicants
Not All Seats Filled
 
STEM Institute for Science Research (Q38K)
Students interested in Medical careers can choose from classes in STEM Research, Anatomy, AP Biology, AP Calculus, Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, Forensics, Physics, AP Physics, AP Psychology, and CUNY College Now Biology, STEM Research, Algebra and Health. Partnerships include: NASA research, Wrigley Marine Science Center at USC, Cohen Hospital LIJ, DNA Learning Center, QCC Courses, Cornell Weil Medical School, and NY High School Pathways.
 
ADMISSIONS METHOD: Screened
 
Students are ranked by the school based on the "Selection Criteria" below. Offers are made in rank order.
 
PRIORITY GROUPS
  1. Priority to Queens students or residents (98% of offers went to this group)
  2. Then to New York City residents
DEMAND LAST YEAR
General Education Students With Disabilities
6 Applications Per Seat
58 Seats
333 Applicants
Not All Seats Filled
4 Applications Per Seat
10 Seats
43 Applicants
Not All Seats Filled
 
Institute for Law & Humanities (Q38K)
Students offered three-year tracks in Law, Art, or Music. Law classes in Criminal & Civil Justice, Constitutional Law, Mock Trial, Moot Court, Syracuse University Public Affairs & Personal Finance, AP Global, AP US History, and Model United Nations. Art sequences in Fashion, Cartooning, Graphic Design, and Commercial Art. Music ensembles include Piano, Orchestra, and Chorus. Partnerships include: Columbia University Law; CUNY John Jay; Cooper Union; Orpheus Chamber Orchestra; and NYU Law.
 
ADMISSIONS METHOD: Ed. Opt.
 
Ed. Opt. programs admit students across all reading levels. Students are grouped into Low, Middle, and High categories based on their state ELA exam score. Offers are made based on the number of seats in each category. To see your child’s category, go to your student's profile and scroll down to "Ed. Opt. Category".
 
PRIORITY GROUPS
  1. Priority to Queens students or residents (94% of offers went to this group)
  2. Then to New York City residents
DEMAND LAST YEAR
General Education Students With Disabilities
3 Applications Per Seat
85 Seats
296 Applicants
Not All Seats Filled
3 Applications Per Seat
15 Seats
52 Applicants
Not All Seats Filled
 
 
Zoned (Q38Z)
Zoned students will have opportunities to choose from our three-year institutes-Health Science Research; Engineering and Robotics; and Law and Humanities.
 
ADMISSIONS METHOD: Zoned Priority
 
Students who live within this school's zone are given priority for this program. To see your child’s zoned school, go to your student's profile in MySchools and scroll down to "Zoned School”.
 
PRIORITY GROUPS
  1. Priority to students who live in the zoned area
  2. Then to New York City residents