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City College Academy of the Arts

Public | 6-11 | 586 students

 

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Posted June 25, 2013

It's seriously amazing and life changing because everyone there is so dedicated of their work and friends. Even the teachers there are great, they care for us and they make us laugh when we have our worst days, they are the kind of teachers who don't give up on our education .


Posted March 24, 2010

The communication between the administration and parents is awful. The administration never plans ahead. They inform parents of activities at the last minute. They tell you one thing at the beginning of the school year and end up doing something entirely different in the middle of the year. Parents have addressed this situation w/ the principal and she seems to be in total denial. We will keep pressing for the administration to create an academic calendar and stick to the actual dates and planned events.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2009

I love City College of the Arts because the principal, Dr. Drysdale is very welcoming. She works closely with the students to enable them to succeed in all areas. The teachers are also devoted.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2009

This school gives alot of opportunities and leading kids to a better life and i love it
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 16, 2009

The school is devoted to the excellence of education. They care about their children as individuals. I am happy that my son is attending a school that is focused in the preparation of higher learning for all their children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2007

this school is the best school on New York
—Submitted by a student


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.

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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.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 30% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
50%
Math

The state average for Math was 31% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
80%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 31% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
44%
Math

The state average for Math was 28% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
78%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 34% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
29%
Math

The state average for Math was 27% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2011.

81 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
75%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

Algebra II/Trigonometry

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

62 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
100%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 78% in 2012.

51 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
100%
Earth Science

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

62 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
35%
English

The state average for English was 82% in 2012.

186 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
84%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 75% in 2012.

114 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
100%
Global History and Geography

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

102 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
82%
Integrated Algebra

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

177 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
83%
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.

124 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
98%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 79% in 2012.

27 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
100%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

65 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 79% in 2012.

105 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

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 Students30%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a

Chemistry

All Students63%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a

Earth Science

All Students27%
Students with disabilities25%
General population28%

English

All Students79%
Students with disabilities50%
General population84%

Geometry

All Students82%
Students with disabilities75%
General population83%

Global History and Geography

All Students93%
Students with disabilities85%
General population94%

Integrated Algebra

All Students91%
Students with disabilities66%
General population96%

Living Environment

All Students95%
Students with disabilities76%
General population99%

Physics

All Students78%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a

U.S. History and Government

All Students94%
Students with disabilities76%
General population98%
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 middle 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
Hispanic 92% 23%
Black 6% 19%
Asian 1% 9%
White 1% 48%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 6%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 81%N/A43%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 19%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 30%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

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Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

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
School leaders can update this information here.
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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Based on 811 responses

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

This score measures whether parents, students and teachers feel that the school creates a physically and emotionally secure environment in which everyone can focus on student learning.

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This school
8.6
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.7
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.9
 

City average

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

This score measures whether parents, students and teachers feel that the school provides information about the school's educational goals and offers appropriate feedback on each student's learning outcome.

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This school
8.6
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
9.0
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

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

This score measures how engaged parents, students and teachers feel they are in an active and vibrant partnership to promote student learning.

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This school
8.2
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.7
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
7.6
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

This score measures how well parents, students and teachers feel that the school develops rigorous and meaningful academic goals that encourage students to do their best.

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This school
8.7
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
9.0
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents24644%
Students53490%
Teachers3166%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MS. BERNEDETTE DRYSDALE
Fax number
  • (212) 567-3958

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • College prep
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Humanities
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

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Busses - BX7, M101, M3, M4. Subways - A to 190th St; 1 to Dyckman St
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
School leaders can update this information here.

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Sports

Girls sports
  • Track

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
School leaders can update this information here.

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