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Senator Robert F. Wagner Middle School is located on 76th Street between Second and Third Avenue, in the heart of the Upper East Side of Manhattan.  We are conveniently located near the 77th Street Subway stop on the Lexington Avenue #6 train and many bus routes.  Many of our students walk to school.
Currently there are approximately 1,300 students in grades six through eight.  In addition to our standard classrooms, there are nine science laboratory rooms, two state of the art computer centers, two instrumental music practice rooms, one general music classroom, one art classroom, a brand new media center, a full gymnasium, a large auditorium for special events, and a schoolyard with four brand new tennis courts.

Our School Day – We begin our school day at 8:00 AM with a morning enrichment program giving students the opportunity for small group instruction in Language Arts, Math, Orchestral Music, Foreign Language, and various intervention programs.  Our first bell is at 8:37 AM with dismissal at 2:57 PM.  Breakfast is available at 7:45 AM in the school cafeteria.  Lunch hour begins at 11:00 AM for sixth graders, 11:45 AM for our seventh graders and 12:25 PM for eighth graders.  Sixth graders may bring lunch from home or purchase lunch in the cafeteria.  

The world of Middle School represents an important transitional time for all students. Wagner’s Middle School concept creates an environment where all students can attain their highest academic achievement.

Homeroom Classes
– All classes are assigned a homeroom teacher. Students report to homeroom four times a day for attendance, to receive announcements, and be monitored by their homeroom teacher.  Students travel together all day to the majority of their classes allowing for community building within their homeroom class.

Block Scheduling
– Several times during each week, teachers have the flexibility to meet classes for two or more periods in a row for special hands-on lessons, trips, interdisciplinary lessons, or other instructional opportunities.

Class Houses
–Wagner has a legacy as one of the first schools to implement the House Model.  Students are placed in a four-class house.  They are assigned their own set of academic teachers and are often situated on the same floor in adjoining rooms.  This personalizes student learning, minimizes travel between classes, and allows for greater teacher/student communication.

Teacher Teams
– Each team is comprised of a Language Arts/Humanities, Social Studies, Mathematics and Science teacher.  These teachers typically share up to four classes in their house.   Teacher teams are able to meet together weekly to write interdisciplinary curriculum, plan units or field trips together and meet with parents and/or students.

Some of our recent accomplishments include:  Manhattan’s Outstanding Public Middle School 2008, New York State Award of Excellence in Social Studies, Regional Award of Excellence for Social Studies, New York State Chess Champion, First Place Continental Math Award-Grade 8, and numerous Music Scholarships.