Performing Arts High School May Close

February 6, 2012 Updated: September 14, 2012

NEW YORK—The city’s Department of Education (DOE) is proposing to phase out Manhattan Theatre Lab High School, which is located at the Martin Luther King Education Campus in Community School District 3.

The proposal is based on the DOE’s assessment that the school lacks the capacity to improve its poor performance and better support student needs.

If the closure is approved, the Manhattan Theatre Lab will not admit new ninth grade students with the conclusion of the 2011–2012 school year. The school will continue to phase out one grade level at a time until the school closes at the end of the 2014–2015 school year. Current students will be supported until time of graduation.

At the same time, the DOE is proposing to expand an existing school, Special Music School (03M859, Special Music), to serve high school grades on the MLK campus beginning in September 2013. If that proposal is approved, Special Music will grow to full-scale as Manhattan Theatre Lab phases out.

The Panel for Educational Policy will vote on the proposal this Thursday, Feb. 9 at Brooklyn Technical High School.