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Neighborhood schools

Elementary school

71 East 94th Street. Grades K-6.

What's special: Superior academics for very bright children.

Downside: Uneven quality of teaching.

Reading scores:4 stars

Math scores:5 stars

Hunter College Elementary School, a laboratory school for the study of "intellectually gifted" children, is one of the most sought after schools in the city. Nearly 1,800 families request an application for their children to take an IQ test to be considered for admission at a cost of about $300.... Read the full review from Insideschools.org

Middle school

1458 York Avenue. Grades 6-8.

What's special: Challenging academics served with kindness and warmth.

Downside: Cramped building with narrow hallways.

Reading scores:4 stars

Math scores:4 stars

East Side Middle School has become one of the most popular and successful middle schools in the city under the steady leadership of Principal David Getz. The school has about 350 students, and the low enrollment has allowed East Side Middle to foster an environment where academics count, but so do kindness and familiarity among students and staff.... Read the full review from Inside Schools

High school

317 East 67 Street. Grades 9--12.

What's special: A small school where academics and performing arts get equal billing.

Downside: Limited upper level academic offerings and after-school sports teams.

Visit Talent Unlimited High School and you might hear the chorus singing a finger-snapping version of the jazzy tune "Get Happy." Wander into a drama class and you'll find kids waving their arms or crawling on all fours in skits. Leotard-clad dancers leap across the auditorium stage... Read the full review from Inside Schools

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