Don’t limit your search to the city’s best-known high schools. Some lesser-known, up-and-coming places of learning make the grade. Insideschools.org, the Department of Education and The Post recommend eight such options:
Urban Assembly Maker Academy
411 Pearl St., Manhattan
The city’s only school inspired by the “Maker Movement” — the do-it-yourself tech phenomenon celebrated at this weekend’s World Maker Faire at the New York Hall of Science -— this school opened last year in the Two Bridges neighborhood. It creates a home for young tinkerers, programmers, inventors and “Minecraft” players. “The kids have so many ideas, the hardest part of my job is to not limit anyone,” said Principal Luke Bauer. As a CTE school, the Maker Academy emphasizes hands-on work alongside academic study. The “makerspace” is a spacious, multi-functional classroom/workshop with a 3-D printer, laser and vinyl cutters, computers, hardware and materials of every description. Modular walls and furniture can accommodate group or solo design and fabrication work. Courses include design thinking, coding and digital fabrication.