Our Mission

The Manhattan Early College School for Advertising provides access for students to an excellent education and the support necessary to succeed in high school, college, and career.  Building on the life experiences of our students and their families, we are committed to empowering them to continually grow in scholarship, empathy, responsibility, and creativity.  We do this so that all of our graduates have the ability and commitment to embrace lives of learning and to contribute positively to the communities in which they live and work.

Key to the success of the school is the strong partnership between BMCC, the Department of Education, The City University of New York, the 4A's (American Association of Advertising Agencies), and other partners from the Advertising and Media Industry.

Core values

Scholarship – We commit to the pursuit of knowledge, a process that starts with curiosity and requires research, reading, revision, and problem solving.  We are never afraid to ask a question or to learn from our failures.  As a community of learners, we work together, helping ourselves and others in this pursuit.

Empathy – We strive to cultivate our ability to embrace the views, beliefs, and needs of others.  We commit to respect and learn from their experiences. 

Responsibility – We take ownership for our words, actions, and choices.  We act as members of a community and commit to looking out for the safety and well-being of others.  We make a personal commitment to putting forth our best efforts at all times, especially in the face of complexity, challenge, and change. 

Creativity – We embrace the creative process and commit to taking risks in personal and academic expression. 


Welcome to the Manhattan Early College School for Advertising! I am excited to report that MECA staff, BMCC administration and faculty, and industry professionals from the Advertising and Media industry are eager for the start of our fourth year as a school community.   

Members of our Senior class will be on the BMCC campus for 90% of their time each week taking up to three college classes.  Many rising 11th grade students, having completed all of their Regents requirements for graduation, will turn their attention to AP classes at the high school and college classes at BMCC.   Our sophomores are set to take their first college courses and to begin job-shadowing and internship-prep with our partners in the Advertising Industry.  This year's MECA freshmen have already hit the ground running starting with a 2-week Summer Bridge studying Math and Business at BMCC. 

Would you like to be one of these students? We are looking for creative and dedicated students ready to take advantage of all the opportunities that MECA has to offer. If you’re interested in learning more, send us an email at info@meca-nyc.org or attend one of our open houses.

Come see what we have to offer!

Dr. Matthew Tossman