Here is some of what's going on right now in the TSMS community.

  1. TSMS on fb
    The TSMS facebook page is being updated with exciting TSMS news and clips. "Like" the page and get some TSMS in your feed.

    TSMS is the recipient of TWO different mid-year grants that are adding even more arts to our regular schoolday: the Arts Continuum Grant has brought a funded partnership with 3rd Street Music School to pilot Rock Band with our 6th graders four days per week and the Shubert Foundation Grant has brought teaching artists to pilot Theater classes in all three grades. We are hoping to continue and expand both of these programs next year, in addition to our Visual Arts and Dance classes.

  3. We have just been named winner of the 2014 Blackboard Award for OUTSTANDING MIDDLE SCHOOL!

    TSMS was the only stand-alone middle school to receive an Outstanding this year. Read our profile here and about the Blackboard Awards themselves here. Big congrats to the whole community.

  4. TSMS on NPR! Our 8th Grade Novelists on All Things Considered
    Amy and Ilan's challenging their students to write a whole novel in one month caught the attention of Beth Fertig, WNYC's Contributing Editor for Education. She came to TSMS to get the story and interview students. Read and listen to it here!

  5. Logging into JumpRope: THE MOVIE!
    If you are struggling with how to log into our online assessment platform, this movie will walk you through it.

    (If you're having trouble seeing it, here's a link to one that works on your mobile phone: JumpRope Mobile Movie!)

  6. TSMS Reads!
    With these 1-minute self-made video recommendations students once again help each other answer the question, What should I read next? (More videos coming.)

  7. ON THE RADIO: Turn On and Tune In.
    A group of our seventh graders worked to research, prepare, and record their own radio broadcast for 'The Middle School Radio Roadshow' on WPKN (89.5FM; The show has been uploaded and accessible at

Tompkins Square Middle School serves a diverse community of 380 students in grades six through eight in NYC's lower east side. TSMS is a community with high learning standards dedicated to fostering ethical, caring, self-reflecting and critical thinkers.

Founded in 2001 by a grassroots coalition of neighborhood parents and local educators, TSMS has grown into an award-winning NYC public school. Most recently, TSMS was named a Rising Star Middle School in the annual Blackboard Awards. TSMS is at its core a self-reflective community of students, parents, and educators.

What sets Tompkins Square Middle School apart?  The diversity of its student body.  The intelligence, warmth, and commitment of its staff.  The interdisciplinary, hands-on, tech-savvy nature of its curriculum.  The individualized attention that challenges and supports students at their own level.  The community feel, strengthened by pervasive small-group Advisory sessions.  Plus, the field trips and project simulations occurring throughout the year, culminating in an overnight trip for each grade level.

TSMS is a member of NYC's Community School District One.