On January 4th we sent out robocalls to students that ranked us first in the choice application. Please go to and register (in you child's name) for one session. 

At eventbrite, search "the clinton school." Each day and time is a separate event. Note that two slots are for students with ICT support as listed on their IEP, or have a deferred placement as ICT for September 2017.

Choose from:

Jan 10th at 3 pm
Jan 19th at 3 pm
Jan 21st (saturday) at 9 am, 11 am (ICT only), 1 pm
Jan 25th (school day) at 9:30 am, 11:30 (ICT only), 1:30 pm

Virtual Video Tour of The Clinton School

Watch our video to get a sense of the spirit that makes Clinton so special.


Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements and process for Admission?
Admission to Clinton School for Writers and Artists middle school program is based on report card grades, NYS test scores: (Math Levels: 2-4; English Language Arts Levels: 2-4), and a review of attendance & punctuality. We will apply a filter based on these criteria to all students who rank Clinton first on the middle school application. The top 400 students will be invited to an interview event. The same filter will be applied to students with ICT services, with the top 50 students invited to interview. If your child is invited to an interview, you will receive a letter outlining what students can expect to do at the interview. Every student is not guaranteed an interview, even if they rank us first.

Does my child need to submit a portfolio?
We do not require a portfolio, and it will not be scored or used as a criteria for admissions. However, invited to an interview, we encourage your child to bring a piece of artwork or writing to speak with us about.

How many seats will be available for incoming 6th graders?
We have 99 seats for incoming 6th graders. 12 of these seats are reserved for students who receive ICT services.

How many grades levels will the school have by 2018-19?
After over 25 years as a middle school, the Clinton School for Writers and Artists began its expansion into a 6-12 school in September 2015 with our inaugural class of 9th graders.Our first graduating class will be in June of 2019. Clinton middle school students have guaranteed entry to our high school.

Where is the school located?
Our school building is located at 10 East 15th Street, just west of Union Square. The building houses both the middle school and high school grades of the Clinton School for Writers and Artists, and opened in September 2015.

What classes do students take?
All students take a full program of English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts (see below), and Physical Education. Students take foreign language classes (Spanish) beginning in 8th grade. All students also take Triple E (which stands for Elective, Enrichment, and Extended Learning); Triple E classes include Creative Writing, Math Challenge, Journalism, Algebra, Math Support, ELA Support, and Ceramics.

How is the school’s focus on arts and writing incorporated?
Arts and writing are integrated into instruction in all subject areas. For instance, students may write poetry in Science, design tessellations in Math, and write and perform monologues in Social Studies. All students take Arts classes five periods per week in Visual Arts, Performing Arts, and Vocal Music.

My child is strong in Math and Science; is this school a good choice?
We love Math and Science at Clinton, and our students do well in these subjects. Our students’ standardized test scores in Math are consistently in the top 5% statewide. Our students take a minimum of seven periods of Math and five periods of Science per week, including longer class blocks in the science lab where they conduct hands-on investigations and experiments.

What sports and extracurricular activities do you offer?
We have partnered with Manhattan Youth to provide an incredibly robust after school club system. Our clubs include Winter Festival (performing arts/variety show), Lego robotics, Eco Hawks (environmental & nature), Computer Programming, School Musical, Clinton Post (school newspaper), Clinton Soup (literary magazine), and many more.  For sports, we have programs in volleyball, basketball, track and field and soccer. Our sports and extracurricular offerings change somewhat from year to year based on student interest.

Does Clinton accept students with IEPs (Individualized Education Plans)?
Yes. We have a particularly strong integrated co-teaching (ICT, formerly called CTT) program in our middle school, which will continue into the high school. We have had most success with this model, in which general education content area teachers and special education teachers work in pairs to provide instruction that is fully integrated and accessible to all students. Our ICT model has been recognized as exemplary by All students will be given full access to the curriculum. As a small school, we have found it more challenging to provide high-quality SETSS and Related Services without pulling students from core content classes.

Due to the intensive reading and writing that students engage in throughout the curriculum, Clinton will probably not be a good fit for students who have significant difficulty with decoding and/or encoding.  We are more successful in supporting students who struggle with passage comprehension and writing organization.

Students with IEPs will go through the same admissions process as other students.


Clinton’s middle grades academic program, regarded for its rigor, has two distinguishing features. One, we offer more arts than is typically found in a school, with students moving between visual arts, music, and performing arts. Two, we use a programming mechanism called Triple E, which stands for Enrichment, Extended Learning Time, and Electives. During this period, students might take creative writing, algebra, or mock trial. For more information about Triple E,  please contact the administration.

Below, we outline academic subjects and then review our arts offerings.

Social Studies

The end goal of our Social Studies curriculum, from 6-12, is to develop critical readers, writers, and thinkers who can see complex issue from multiple perspectives.

Social Studies at the middle grades level begins by connecting students' own cultures and communities with those around the world.  In 6th grade, students examine the development of societies through a global lens.  In 7th and 8th grades, students explore what it means to be an American and how that identity has changed over time.  The curricula is thematic, bringing students from the pre-Columbian time period through to the present.  There is a focus on analyzing primary and secondary source documents in order to articulate and support an argument in a variety of formats, such as debates, Socratic seminars, argumentative essays, and performances.

In the upper grades, students continue their study of U.S. history and government.  Course work over the following three years includes the study of economics and world history.  By the end of 12th grade, students are able to make sense of political, social, and economic developments in the world by searching for answers to their own questions and appreciating that there may not be one correct point of view in any given situation.

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Our students will be stepping into adulthood in a world that changes dramatically at an ever-quickening pace.  The science courses at Clinton are designed to help students construct knowledge of the natural world, as well as learn how to engage in the process of scientific discovery.  Every science class has a lab once a week in order to provide more time for students to work on inquiry-based and hands-on laboratory experiments.

Middle grade students are introduced to several different disciplines of science over the years. Every middle grades course begins science with a short unit about Scientific Inquiry so students can learn how to think critically and design experiments like scientists. Throughout the year, sixth grade students continue on to study Simple and Complex Machines, Weather and Water, Biodiversity, and Interdependence.  Seventh graders continue on to study Geology, Matter and Energy, The Human Body, and Dynamic Equilibrium in Plants and Animals. Eighth graders continue on to study Genetics, Forces and Motion, Planetary Science, and Human Impact on the Environment.  

The science course sequence for the upper grades is living environment, chemistry, and a two-year computer science course.  (You did read that correctly; there is no physics course.) Our program is designed to develop scientific thinkers who approach problems, learning, and design with strong, critical minds.  We feel it is our responsibility to provide students with a foundation of scientific knowledge and skills that will give them multiple options when considering the career path they will pursue.


The focus of the Clinton Math Department revolves around developing a deep understanding of algebraic knowledge. New York State has committed to shifting fully into the Common Core math standards, which emphasize depth over breadth. As a result of this shift, our classes frequently involve difficult real-world problems that challenge students to apply their mathematical knowledge in new ways. Our central concern is that students show perseverance when attempting these problems. Our curriculum encourages students to discover and experience many topics. This can be a difficult shift, but the emphasis on problem solving and perseverance are the essential skills that students should strengthen for future success.

For students who have taken Algebra 1 prior to 9th grade, we offer a one year computer science course instead.  Students may or may not sit for the AP exam; it's a decision we leave up to them.  It does provide students a window into the two-year course they will take in 11th and 12 grades, which may help them to determine if they will study computer science or film with greater intensity.

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English Language Arts

Our ELA courses spiral across the grade levels, meaning that all courses are designed using the Common Core as a foundation.  At each grade level, students read, write, and discuss a wide variety of genres and all grade levels study a piece by Shakespeare.

6th Grade 
The 6th grade ELA course fosters independence and responsibility - as readers, writers, and learners - as students transition from elementary to middle school.  Students create good habits of learning (“Hawk Habits”) that will carry students through the middle-school years and beyond.  This course cultivates life-long readers and writers, teaches students how to speak with accountability and respect, and challenges students with academically rigorous material and high expectations.

7th Grade 
What are we going to learn in 7th grade ELA?
Our theme for the year is “What is Truth?” We will explore this idea in a variety of contexts. We have begun the year by looking at how our experiences create personal truths and we’ll end the year by looking at how adaptations maintain the truth or the integrity of a story.

What types of writing will we do?
We are currently working on memoir as we explore our personal truths. We will also tackle historical fiction short stories, feature articles, monologues, book talks, persuasive essays, timed writing prompts, poetry, and graphic short story adaptations.

8th Grade 
In this course, students will engage in rigorous literacy practices that will enable them to access meaning in texts with varying degrees of complexity, to write with clarity and effectiveness, and to collaborate with others through discussion. Each student will come to know that he or she is the key influence in his or her learning and will assume higher levels of responsibility for success.

9th - 12th Grades 
Students are studying U.S. history in 9th grade, and so their first ELA high school level course weaves American literature with a strong focus on the craft of writing.  This gives them a deeper context for understanding the development of the American identity.  In preparation for their two-year world history course in 11th and 12th grades, students in our 10th grade course explore the literature of peace and conflict. They apply their craft to make sense of writings from a range of time periods and places, and they continue to develop their own voice and interests as a writer.  At the end of 10th grade, our students will sit for the NYS ELA Regents.        

Foreign Language 

In this class, students will develop basic listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills that will enable them to communicate about themselves, their friends, and their family in a foreign language. Students will also investigate aspects of culture and acquire study skills important for language learning.

Physical Education

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Middle Grade Athletics:

Soccer (Fall)
Cross-Country (Fall)
Girls Volleyball (Fall)
Boys and Girls Basketball (Winter)
Track & Field (Spring)
Ultimate Frisbee (Spring)
Girls Softball (Spring)
8th Grade Ballroom Dance Team (Spring)

Special Middle-Grade Programs:

City Center Dance Program: 6th Grade
Dancing Classrooms (Ballroom): 8th Grade
Clinton Ski Trip (1/10/15)
Run 4 Reason (10/17/14)
Clinton Hoops Day (3/12/15)
Cooperative Handball Tournament: 7th & 8th Grade
Kan Jam Tournament: 8th Grade
Pickleball Tournament: 7th & 8th Grade
Color Wars (6/5/14)
Sports Banquet 

Visual Arts

Our mission is to enhance student achievement through an arts-integrated program.

 Our arts curriculum is aligned to the New York City Blueprint for the Arts, The Common Core ELA and Literacy and the New York State Arts Standards.


Exploring the Elements of Art – Artist as Observer

In visual arts students are introduced to the basic elements of art; line, shape, form, color, texture, space and value/tone. Students begin thinking about and discussing what art is and how they use it. We then move into a rigorous drawing unit that culminates in our Pop Art Campbell's Soup Cans drawings. Students then learn about Picasso and Cubism and create Cubist collage self portraits. The final project varies from year to year and is done in conjunction with another content. Previous projects have included Greek Theater clay masks based on the play Antigone.

Exploring Art through Identity – Artist as Critic
Students explore the arts through the theme of identity. Students are exposed to a variety of different media including painting, printmaking and of course drawing. We begin by completing a more complex unit on the elements of art and a review of drawing techniques. We work on surrealist self portraits while studying the work on Frida Kahlo. We study linear perspective and work on monochromatic self portraits.  We write artist statements in preparation for next years high school applications.

Exploring the Mediums of Art – Artist as Experimenter
Students work on more mixed media projects. Past projects have included giant Post-it Note murals, illustrated limericks in the style of Shel Silverstein, create your own font projects, positive message font posters inspired by the work of Anthony Burril and our Forty Faces project where students stamp thumbprints with paint, find faces in the thumbprints and create a background about that character.

Here are some examples of visual art created by Clinton students:



Performing Arts

Our mission is to enhance student achievement through an arts-integrated program.

 Our arts curriculum is aligned to the New York City Blueprint for the Arts, The Common Core ELA and Literacy and the New York State Arts Standards.

Performing Arts students at The Clinton School For Writers and Artists are engaged in creative theatre exercises to develop imagination, observation, and concentration.

Students are introduced to drama through activities such as improvisation, pantomime, storytelling, characterization, stage directions, and vocal projection. They will experience many opportunities for in-class and evening performances which may include the following: scenes and monologues, pantomime, puppet performances, radio plays, children's plays, Shakespeare and other playwrights and reader's theatre. Our curriculum is aligned to The New York City Blueprint for the Arts, The Common Core ELA and Literacy and the New York State Arts Standards. Ms. Hassan is the Performing Arts Teacher.

Seventh grade students in Ms. Hassan's class performing “Inspriational Voices”. Students choose a person that they admire and write a monologue in their voice, then “act” as that character in front of parents.



Clinton - Wizard of Oz This year, students will have an overview of Western Music History from Gregorian Chant to today's radio. They will also be learning the ins and outs of general composition and creating their own short musical creations. Students also have the opportunity for extra credit through a live in-class performance or a short presentation accompanying an approved recording. There is a large emphasis throughout the semester on ear training, Kodaly hand signs and solfa, and learning through listening, creating, and discussion. Encourage your students to listen to all sorts of music and talk about it with them!

Middle Grades Afterschool

Click HERE to register for the Manhattan Youth Middle School Afterschool program at The Clinton School for Writers and Artists.

The Manhattan Youth Afterschool program at The Clinton School for Writers and Artists will provide a comprehensive menu of activities for students of all interests and grades. Returning to after-school will be popular activities like the Clinton Post and Clinton Soup, Cross Country, Basketball, and Cheerleading. See those and the new offerings in the schedule. 

Please note - Afterschool is now FREE. There is no cost to participate in any class or sport.

For any questions regarding the Afterschool program, please contact: Morgan Greer, After-School Director, at [email protected] by phone 347-846-0495.

Daily Schedule 
Afterschool activities begin at 2:30. Students have 10 minutes after the final bell to gather their things and get what they need for after-school. Snack and gym sports are provided in the cafeteria and gym starting at 2:30. Students who do not check in with a Manhattan Youth staff member by 2:40 will not be permitted to stay in the school building. Students must stay for a 3:15 after-school class to participate in a 4:30 after-school class.

Check-in and snack

Activity or Team Practice

Activity or Team Practice

If you know your child will be absent from After-School, please email the After-School Director. We expect activities to fill up quickly, and for there to be a waiting list. If a student is absent from an activity without a note from a parent/guardian, he/she may lose his/her slot. If a student wishes to change his/her schedule or drop any or all after-school activities, a request must be made in writing by a parent/guardian. Students must not simply stop coming to activities.

Click HERE for a new pdf of the SPRING 2017 schedule.

Afterschool Sports:
Soccer, Cross Country, Flag Football

Boys and Girls Basketball, Table Tennis

Track & Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball

Click HERE to see FAQs.


Clinton Soup

Check out Clinton's literary magazine, the Clinton Soup! Download an issue or get a printed copy ($2) in Ms. Bennett's office.

Latest Issue of the Clinton Soup

The Clinton Post

More than just a school newspaper, The Clinton Post is the beginning of a journey for our kids. Inspired by Ms. Waelder, and now run by Ms. Nelson, our students experience what writing and publishing is all about.

You can pick up a copy of the latest issue in The Clinton Post newspaper box on the first floor as well.

Afterschool Athletics

Clinton middle-grade students can participate in the following sports:

Flag Football
Boys and Girls Basketball

Table Tennis

Track & Field
Ultimate Frisbee
Volleyball (Girls)
8th Grade Ballroom Dance Team



Allison Holtman, School Counselor, Middle Grades

Test accommodations
High school admissions
Social/emotional health 
504 forms (valid one year only)

Tracy Schaffzin, College Counselor

Social/emotional health 
College Admissions

Clinton Family Handbook 2016-17

Hawk Habits

The Clinton staff has developed a foundational set of habits that lead to success as a student during and beyond school. These “Hawk Habits” are universal throughout the community. They are also a valued part of the curriculum and, as such, growth in these habits is incorporated into students’ grades in each class. The three following Hawk Habits are developed and assessed in all grades:


Be an active and attentive learner.

Pay attention during the lesson.

Contribute to discussions.

Devote mental energy to listening for understanding.


Be present.

Be on time.

Have the materials you need.

This is YOUR education. OWN IT.

Time Management

Keep a calendar of HW and due dates in your planner.

Plan out when you will get your work done.

Complete your work and turn it in on time.

Also, not reflected in grades, but valued by the Clinton community:


Stick to it!

Stay with a task through to completion; remain focused.

Look for ways to reach your goals when you get stuck.

Don’t give up - some tasks require extra effort.

Intellectual Curiosity

Ask meaningful questions.

Step outside of your comfort zone in order to learn more, even if it means standing out or being different.


Think about your thinking.

Notice how you plan to complete a learning task, monitor your progress, and evaluate the results.

Be aware of your own thoughts, strategies, feelings, and actions and their effects on your learning, on others, and on your physical environment.