MS104 (Simon Baruch Middle School) for grades 6-8 is the zoned school for a large swath of Manhattan from as far north as 53rd Street all the way south to Chinatown. We have over 1100 students, about 40% of whom qualify for free lunches. We serve a wide range of students including honors students as well as those needing special education services. We consistently turn out students who go on to perform successfully at the top high schools in the city including the Specialized High Schools.
Middle School 104 began life in 1954 as a junior high school for grades 7, 8 and 9 on the grounds of the defunct Women's Lying-In Hospital. We served the Stuyvesant Town, Peter Cooper, Grammercy Park, Turtle Bay and Murray Hill communities. Our geographic catchment area extended from 14th Street north to 57th Street and from The East River to Fifth Avenue. Our feeder schools were PS 40, PS 116, PS 3, PS 59, and PS 26 on Governor's Island.
In 1996 District 02 converted Simon Baruch to a middle school for grades 6, 7 and 8 and in 1999 our zone expanded to include Chelsea and Battery Park, adding feeder schools PS 11, PS 41, and PS 234. In 2016, our zone was again revised and no longer includes the schools added in 1999.