The James Baldwin School principal Brady Smith is fighting the normalization of failure, one student at a time.
The James Baldwin School, located on the Bayard Rustin Educational Complex in the Chelsea section of Manhattan, enrolls transfer students in 9th through 12th grades. In keeping with its namesake – a prolific NYC-born writer and social critic – the school, which was founded in 2005 and currently serves about 260 students, is dedicated to meeting the educational and developmental needs of a diverse group of students through personalized educational experiences that emphasize intellectual inquiry and rigor, community support, social justice and respect for democratic values.
Like all NYC Outward Bound Schools, The James Baldwin School offers in-depth study of academic subjects, field research, and the sharing of meaningful work with public audiences, all of which results in students achieving at higher academic levels than they ever thought possible.
The James Baldwin School has received a Regents waiver, and students are assessed through Performance-Based Assessment Tasks (PBATs) instead of NY State Regents exams (excepting English Regents, which they are still required to take). Starting upon enrollment, students receive personalized college advising and have the opportunity to participate in college visits with their classmates and teachers.
Students have access to a full-time college counselor and are also offered free Kaplan SAT preparation classes and can take college courses at such institutions as NYU and Hunter College.
For more information about James Baldwin or to enroll your child, please visit the school’s official website.
Bayard Rustin Educational Complex
351 West 18th Street
New York, NY 10011
School Code: M313