East Side Middle School is dedicated to serving those students who seek an atmosphere offering academic rigor through intensified instruction in literary, fine and theatre arts, as well as in science and mathematics. We are recognized by City College and New York State Department of Education as a Professional Development School for science, mathematics, and technology. We recognize each student's individual mode of learning and believe that early adolescents learn best in a child-centered environment that builds self-esteem through accomplishments, and encourages individuals to explore new ideas, while developing new skills, interests, and abilities. Our dedicated staff of middle school specialists has created an exciting, differentiated, interdisciplinary curriculum, which goes far beyond the New York City and State curricula, and provides for both independent and collaborative group work. Problem-solving and higher-level thinking skills are its cornerstones.