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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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??
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.
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.
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.
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
Bad school. Look at the regents. And morale of the teachers and children. My daughter is doing much better in another school
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.
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.
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.
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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