East Side Middle School (MS 114) is dedicated to students who seek an atmosphere of academic rigor through intensified instruction in literary arts, foreign language, science and mathematics. We are among the top-ranked middle schools in the state. Our school is recognized by City College and New York State Department of Education as a Professional Development School for science, mathematics, and technology. We honor each student's individual mode of learning and believe that early adolescents perform best in a child-centered environment that builds self-esteem through accomplishments, and encourages individuals to explore new ideas while developing their 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.