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Art and Design High School

Public | 9-12 | 1342 students

 

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Posted March 4, 2014

I first thought that this school would be wonderful for my sons artistic talents. Unfortunately, it has turned into a total nightmare. His schedule not once but twice. The second time it was done, he wasn't even notified of the change, neither were his old teachers. I would NOT recommend this school. There is absolutely NO communication.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

Art & Design truly cares about its students and strives to give them the education and guidance they need to lead a successful life centered in the arts.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2013

I 100% do NOT recommend this school. The administration is VERY RUDE, and unhelpful! I tried applying, and they rejected me, because I wanted to enroll into twelfth grade, and not ninth. The principal had the nerve to look me in the eye and imply that I would tarnish the school if he accepted me, by saying that they "do have a reputation to upkeep." He tried to convince me that I do not need this school, and that I should get my GED and go to college. He told me that they are not giving me a rejection, but not a yes, either. Also, I will thank them one day. I did not feel thankful at all for having wasted over three hours of my day (Oh, YES, because even though they did not even CONSIDER to let me enroll, they gave me the audition test to take anyway)


Posted August 11, 2013

This school is really great and supportive. It has changed my life since middle school. I was introverted scared of everything but this community at this school gave me so much support and helped me grow both as an artist and as a person. It helped me discover myself. It understood my problems and the non- judgmental type environment made it feel like home.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 18, 2013

If you are a good student, someone who earnestly tries to get A's, wants to take honors classes, and do your best, you will get killed at this school with an incredible amount of homework. Stress levels for good students are through the roof. New administration is inundating kids with homework. Most of the students don't care and don't do homework, but the best students--who don't need this amount of homework--are being ground down. Not just honors/AP programs either. Regular classes have a ton of homework too--and AP classes are guaranteed a double load of homework (they brag about this.) Arts programs are good, but the academics kill the time for art, sleep...or anything else in life. Lots of homework over breaks and weekends. The teaching is good, but again, it's been too difficult to appreciate the positives when the homework load is killing. Principal doesn't care that the best students are suffering. Would probably be a better school if the quality of students was better, but too many underachievers (cutting school seems to be a big problem). Sadly, the school could be really good if they would just realize that more homework is not the cure for everything.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 27, 2012

School of art and design is the best school I have ever gone to.My whole life includes moving and changing schools from Ny to Florida, to Pennsylvania, and back to Ny. I came there as a 9th grader and now an experienced sophomore. I 'donno what some people say about this school, but it's an artists dream to be taut there.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 26, 2012

I am a 7th grader and eager to go to this high school. A lot of studens say they have thrived through the teachers and guidence. I hope I do to, and become the graphic designer I've always wanted to be.


Posted March 8, 2011

My son attended and graduated from this school with a 92.7 GPA. He is now getting a degree in business even though he worked in Architecture for the 4 years that he attend Art & Design. The teachers worked well with me and the vice principal and all of the dean's were very very helpful and they were very amiable to parents...well, to me! (smile) Does my son still utilize his creative side with his drawing? Of course he does.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2011

ABSOLUTELY THE WORST SCHOOL I HAVE EVER ATTENDED As an 11th grader attending this school here are my pros and cons Pros -Art programs Cons -Many students who smoke pot -The Guidance counselors are a joke. -Filthy school -Graffiti is all over school propety -Out of date text books -Many not all, teachers don't care enough to push all students to keep trying. -Not enough home work. I was once a student who loved art, it was something I looked forward to doing at school when ever I had the chance but this school has sucked all the love I once had for it out. It is sad seeing how immature, rude and unprofessional some of the guidance counselors and teachers in this school can be.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 6, 2010

I love Art and Design High School because of their dedication and hard work with our children. They are very encouraging and take the time with the students in showing them how to bring out their artistic gifts. The High School of Art and Design is dedicated and committed to equip all students with what is necessary to be out in the world. The teacher truly care about the children & they education. They are also very helpful to the parents when we need help or any information to help our children. I love how they have different programs for our children and this school provides a safe environment for our children. I could never forget how helpful and hard working are the staffs at this High School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2010

It's diverstiy, creativity, and it's seeking to meet the kids potential.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2010

If I had ten kids, I will send all of them to Art and Design High School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2010

My Alma mater, A great NYC H.S.!!! A lot of success stories...


Posted November 12, 2010

I got my education from A&D and I found it to be a great place for young, developing artists. It was a rewarding experience that I cannot forget.


Posted November 12, 2010

Because I'm an alumni that owes a great deal of my screenwriting career to what I learned there!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2010

As a freshman parent I am so happy to see that the teachers care so much about the kids. Art is infused into many subjects which I think helps to show children that art is more than just about drawing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2010

The art programs they offer and the talented teachers that teach them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2010

Ny child is a freshman at Art & Design and so far I am very happy with the school. Her teachers seem to be genuinely interested in her work, and that has kept her interested. She has not mentioned any safety issues and that makes me happy, not to mention the fact that they are captive for lunch- I love it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2010

I love the atmosphere and the principal is great!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2010

i believe art & design is one of new yorks leading high school...my daughter is a junior and our experience together has been absolutely incredible ...while she attends
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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 66% in 2013.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
12%

2011

 
 
21%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
72%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 72% in 2013.

237 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
55%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

316 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
94%
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 74% in 2013.

436 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
48%
Global History and Geography

The state average for Global History and Geography was 71% in 2013.

423 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
61%
Integrated Algebra

The state average for Integrated Algebra was 73% in 2013.

448 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
66%
Italian

The state average for Italian was 98% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Living Environment

The state average for Living Environment was 77% in 2013.

374 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
83%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
59%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

87 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 80% in 2013.

301 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
74%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 Students32%
Female33%
Male31%
African American11%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic38%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White22%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Not economically disadvantaged29%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English32%
Non-migrant32%

Chemistry

All Students64%
Female64%
Male65%
African American83%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic49%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population66%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English64%
Non-migrant64%

Earth Science

All Students45%
Female46%
Male44%
African American33%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilities32%
General population47%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant45%

English

All Students83%
Female87%
Male76%
African American76%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic81%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities42%
General population89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant83%

Geometry

All Students51%
Female54%
Male46%
African American37%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic51%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities38%
General population52%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant51%

Global History and Geography

All Students67%
Female70%
Male65%
African American64%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities43%
General population72%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English69%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant67%

Integrated Algebra

All Students71%
Female72%
Male72%
African American70%
Asian/Pacific Islander82%
Hispanic68%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities48%
General population77%
English language learners70%
Proficient in English71%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant71%

Living Environment

All Students82%
Female81%
Male83%
African American83%
Asian/Pacific Islander87%
Hispanic76%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities55%
General population88%
English language learners47%
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant82%

Physics

All Students53%
Female44%
Male61%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English53%
Non-migrant53%

U.S. History and Government

All Students85%
Female90%
Male80%
African American77%
Asian/Pacific Islander91%
Hispanic85%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities64%
General population88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant85%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 "B" for the high school level.

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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
Hispanic 2 52% 23%
Black 2 26% 19%
White 1 13% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 9% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 1% 1%
Two or more races 2 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 22%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 164%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 10%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 64%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

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
Security personnel
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Tutor(s)
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
Visual arts
  • Architecture

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
Visual arts
  • Architecture
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
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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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This school
7.6
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
7.0
 

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
6.8
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
6.8
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
5.9
 

City average

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

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This school
6.8
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.4
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
6.5
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
6.6
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

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This school
7.4
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.6
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
7.4
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.1
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents28822%
Students72454%
Teachers3641%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 4:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • MR. ERIC STRAUSS

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts all
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Tutor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Busses - M1, M101, M15, M3, M31, M50, M57, Q101, Q32, Q60. Subways - 6, E, M to Lexington Av/53 St; 4, 5, 6, N, Q, R to Lexington Av/59 St; F to Lexington Av/63 St
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Fencing
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Weight lifting;
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Fencing
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Sofbtall
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Architecture
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Tutor
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1075 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10022
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