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Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School

Public | 9-12 | 757 students

 
 

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2011:
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Posted October 31, 2012

My daughter graduated in 2011 she was a National Honor Society inductee @ FSSA. Having the Arts along with their rigourous program is just what inspires the teachers, and students to succeed. My daughter was a Dance Major. The teachers, and VIce Principal made it very easy for the students to take their work seriously. While no school is perfect, FSSA is truly a wonderful place to prepare our children for the next phase of their lives.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2012

My child graduated in 2012 (visual arts)-an achieving student in an excellent 4 year school with funding. I say this DESPITE my student's academic education at FSSA. By sophomore year it became clear to him that though his art education (which he loves) stretched him as an artist, his academics were weak and not going to get him into a school where he could do both art and academics. He was motivated to supplement with several COLLEGE NOW classes, 2 of the very few APs offered. In addition his SATs were excellent-having nothing to do with FSSA. If your student is SURE that their art is the ONLY interest for the future-FSSA will likely get you into a good conservatory program which is what the school does best-for their best students. Non--art schools want to know why you don't have 4 years of coursework in academic subjects. The student community are largely good kids. Though there are some good teachers, this school is very small, often with one teacher per subject.. If that teacher doesn't step up to the plate, the kids don't learn and don't pass regents. This happens. THINK TWICE as this school academically caters to the lowest common denominator.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2012

2 of our kids have attended FSSA. One is a Junior at NYU Tische and the other is currently an FSSA Sophomore. The school is as it says, a "School for the Arts". Like LaGuardia, it's main focus is on getting the kids ready for a career in the arts however do not think that the academics are poor. My Sophomore is taking a AP class and has excellent grades. Sure there are othere more academically challenging schools in NYC. If that's what you feel your child needs, then send them there. Why go thru the motions of auditioning and perhaps taking a seat from another talented child. The school has had it's challenges through the years but for the most part there has been a genuine effort to address those challenges with students and parents alike. It is an excellent choice and the facility is "World-Class".
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2012

My daughter is a freshman in the vocal program and I too read negative comments. There is no "perfect" school but this school is GREAT!!! She has already grown as a vocalist and in keyboard. She has a confidence in herself and her abilities. The school work is challenging and she is very, very, very happy. There is NO bullying and people are accepting of others even if they are different. There is no discipline issues and I am a picky parent. For those who are thinking of a good school filled with good and talented students then Frank Sinatra is for them. The staff is very nice and so is the guidance counselors. There are various clubs to join and they are open to starting one if interested. The shows are great and the students work hard to be professional.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2012

my daughter worked very hard and was lucky to make this school as a sophomore. the standards are relatively high considering what this wonderful school has to offer. all parents should see that making a specialized school is a privilege. the so-called gifted or very talent students are simply the hardest workers. disciplined practice is a must. your reward from this school is actually a 4 year scholarship which must be cherished. work hard then work harder. preparation and opportunity lead to luck. the competition in ny is strong.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2012

My daughter started in Sept of 2011 as a Drama Major at FSSA. To address some of the negative reviews: there is a level of disorganization you'll have to learn to navigate, as parent and as student. But nothing happens that cannot not be fixed and staff as well as teachers are cooperative. Strict drama program which my daughter takes immense pride in, it showed positive effects on her physically and mentally after a very short time already . No one gets coddled here , but in my opinion, if students don't learn to fend for themselves in High School, where else...??? We are very happy with the choice of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2011

After my daughter got accepted into this school, i read some of the negative reviews and i became extremely worried. Needless to say she has yet to miss a day of school because she loves this school so much. She is an A average student and she has no problems with her teachers. I just went to their 10th anniversary gala and it was stupendous. The students at FSSA are very talented.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 25, 2011

I am a junior in this school and I'm in love with this school. I am always happy to come and sometimes I would rather be at school then home. I always have great school sprit. The teachers do play favorites but that never affected my grade. I am a 90 student who is taking 2 ap classes 1 being the hardest class in school ap bio and it's very challenging. I'm not always the one picked for everything like I didn't get into musical theatre but I did get into opera workshop and we are always offered new way to improve. I feel that the parents that complain are because there children are the ones messing up the school because they aren't spoon fed everything.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 8, 2011

this is a terrible terrible high school. the principal has no clue what goes on there. Deans are too busy chasing after kids that look a certain way instead of being fair and doing their job. Good teachers have gone. The ones remaining dont care about their jobs. Guidance counselors mess up schedules. Dont send your kid there unless you dont care
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 16, 2011

I have no regrets going to this school at all. I am a 2011 graduate as principal Bassist of the school and I got so much out of going here. I believe that high school is what you make of it, and I took advantage of the resources at this school. I wouldn't be the musician I am today if it wasn't for FSSA. I think that the people who complain about the school are mostly students and parents of students who are not that talented/not taking advantage of the opportunities and hope to be spoon-fed good results. Some people don't understand working hard. Again, I stand by that I have no regrets going to this school except for the ingrates who just walk around school wasting time once they are accepted.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 31, 2011

my biggest complaint was with the parent coordinator, she is condescending, judges kids talent, talks behind kids backs and her job is to help parents. She is not professional and I know of at least 10 parents who or complaining to the DOE this year, they are actually afraid to complain until their child leaves the school because of her rough classless ,behavior, how sad is that??
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2011

my husband and I had a lot of issues with some of the teachers. They are very laid back and do not cooperate when you come to them with concerns such as low test grades. We are very dissatisfied with the lack of support from the guidance counselor as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2011

I wrote that my daughter's SATs were 2080/2400 when actually they were much higher at 2280/2400! I just wanted to add (because I met the maximum space alloted) I have a third child going this coming Sept for Drama studio. She elected to turn down a catholic school scholarship for FSSA. She can't wait for 8th grade to be over with. My kids don't live around the corner either. We are from Staten Island. I hope that this info helps.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2011

oh! I didnt know so many parents felt so negatively about the school. My son is a freshman and he wants to go to another school. It is a task to get him to go to school. He feels like he does not belong there.The only connection with the teachers was at parent teacher conference. The office staff take the messages but the teachers never return calls. It is badly run and badly managed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2011

I graduated from this school 3 years ago and it was good. But I dont know what happened. My neighbors daughter is a junior. A lot of good teachers have left and favoritsm and unfair grading is very common. The teacher will fail you if he or she does not like your personality no matter how much you try and do well. The student said she tried to go for the math tutoring offered int he mornings but the teacher just sat there and prepared for the next class and didnt really "tutor" Tutoring in my Sinatra days meant the teacher was hands on with the students who came for extra help. It is a shame what is happening in FSSA


Posted November 16, 2010

Bad school. Look at the regents. And morale of the teachers and children. My daughter is doing much better in another school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2010

I have a freshman in frank sinatra, it is frustrating to see my child struggle through her classes because there is no help, coming from public school where they had extra help everyday if needed this schools falls behind and our children suffer, and security is also an issue, kids can walk in and out whenever they please.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2010

I am happy with most teachers but very frusturated with some. There are unfair practicies when it comes to discipline and grading. favoritsm is very common. The principal is good but she is unaware of a lot of issues unless parents come forward. She needs to address the core of the problems. This is a new school and it could fail drastically and it is heading downwards if you look at statistics. Children and parents voices need to be heard . The arts are good and probably the only department that has it together. The assistant principals and guidance counselors try very hard. It can improve. It is not too late. Some of the teachers are very good and i hope the school does not lose them. The good teachers want to leave and tell the kids all the time about their frusturations with the school.


Posted March 13, 2010

This school has opened my eyes to so many things. I am proud to say I go here, and I honestly feel that I am learning something valuable every single day. I am excited to get up in the morning to go to school, because it means I can learn something new to help build my career; both as an artist, and as a person. I have great respect for my teachers, my piers and all the faculty in the building. If it was not for my amazing school, I don't know what I would do.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 7, 2010

My child is a student as well. I agree that there are good teachers. And yes, the teachers and staff all know each other but on the flip side, students also know the insides of what goes on. It is a small school so the kids know which teacher does not get along with which one.etc -unhealthy! Discrimination and talks about children n gossip about parents between teachers and staff is leaked out.(from the staff!) to parents and the kids No privacy = not healthy= no professionalism except with some teachers. Yes, there are some very good teachers. My child had some good ones but also a couple where it was such a struggle because the teacher didn't know how to teach or handle students at all. This should be addressed. The arts side of the school is excellent. Great arts


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Algebra II/Trigonometry

The state average for Algebra II/Trigonometry was 64% in 2012.

169 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
40%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 78% in 2012.

157 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
57%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 73% in 2012.

130 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
82%
English

The state average for English was 82% in 2012.

223 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
99%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

11 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 75% in 2012.

226 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
72%
Global History and Geography

The state average for Global History and Geography was 71% in 2012.

206 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
85%
Integrated Algebra

The state average for Integrated Algebra was 72% in 2012.

126 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
91%
Italian

The state average for Italian was 98% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Living Environment

The state average for Living Environment was 78% in 2012.

162 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
96%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 79% in 2012.

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n/a

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n/a
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

137 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
97%
U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 79% in 2012.

222 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
97%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2011-2012 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, Earth science and physics. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

Algebra II/Trigonometry

All Students59%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a

Chemistry

All Students72%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a

Earth Science

All Students86%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a

English

All Students98%
Students with disabilities100%
General population99%

Geometry

All Students74%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a

Global History and Geography

All Students92%
Students with disabilities83%
General population93%

Integrated Algebra

All Students95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a

Living Environment

All Students97%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a

Physics

All Studentsn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a

U.S. History and Government

All Students96%
Students with disabilities100%
General population95%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2011-2012 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, Earth science and physics. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

In 2009-2010, this school was given a grade of "A" for the high school level.

About the tests


Progress Report Grades measure the school's contribution to student learning in three areas: School Environment, Student Performance and Student Progress. Schools can receive additional credit for achieving exemplary performance progress among high-needs students. Progress Report Grades range from A to F.

Source: New York City Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 46% 48%
Hispanic 27% 23%
Black 17% 19%
Asian 9% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 0%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 29%N/A43%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 0%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 60%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 0%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
The NYC Department of Education asked parents, teachers and students about their school's learning environment. Results provide insight into school climate, such as whether the school is academically rigorous, safe, communicative and collaborative. Learn more

The information captured by the survey is designed to support a dialogue among all members of the school community about how to make the school a better place to learn. An overall category score is calculated for each respondent group (parents, teachers, or students) by averaging the scores of the questions within that survey category.

Category scores for each of the respondent groups are then combined to form overall category scores. Alongside the results for each school are the aggregated results across all NYC public schools, which are provided as a basis for comparisons.

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
8.0
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
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Parents

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
7.5
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
8.0
 
Clear, useful communication about educational goalsWhat's this?

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This school
7.4
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City average
8.1
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Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
6.9
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.0
 

City average

 
7.8
 
Strong parent, teacher and student engagementWhat's this?

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This school
7.2
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City average
7.8
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Parents

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
6.6
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
6.8
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

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This school
7.5
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
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Parents

This school

 
7.8
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
7.4
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.3
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents28237%
Students50866%
Teachers4193%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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