Karen Polsonetti


Jerome Ortaliza

Assistant Principal

Michael Farrell

Assistant Principal


Nicole Henningham

Guidance Counselor

College Advisory

11th & 12th Grade

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Jose Vasquez

Guidance Counselor

9th & 10th Grade

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Edita Gruda

Dean of students

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Elianne Jimenez

Parent Coordinator

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The Mission of the Manhattan Business Academy Counseling Department is to support the academic, social, and emotional development of our scholars and future leaders. Our counselors partner with local community organizations, parents/guardians, and the entire MBA staff to ensure that all students are provided with the information, resources, and support needed to succeed in high school and beyond.

Special Programs

Scholars for Educational Opportunity - SEO Schol­ars is a rig­or­ous year-round, out-of-school aca­d­e­mic pro­gram that pre­pares moti­vated low-income pub­lic high school stu­dents to get to and through America’s com­pet­i­tive col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties. The pro­gram serves 400 high school stu­dents in New York and San Fran­cisco in addi­tion to 212 col­lege stu­dents across the coun­try. The pro­gram is free for stu­dents and has tripled in size since 2006.



Minds Matter - Minds Matter in New York City is a program that mentors high-achieving, low-income high school students who have the potential and ambition to pursue a college education, but lack the resources to achieve that dream. Students who participate in this program receive intensive guidance through the college admissions and financial aid process.



College NOW (CUNY) - College NOW is CUNY’s largest collaborative program with the New York City secondary public school system. The program offers dual enrollment and college-readiness programs in more than 350 NYC high schools and enrolls close to 20,000 students annually. Currently, Manhattan Business Academy students are enrolled in College NOW programs at Baruch College, John Jay College for Criminal Justice, Borough of Manhattan Community College, and Bronx Community College.


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