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9-12
Public district
New York, NY
Students enrolled: 759
 

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35-12 35th Avenue
New York, NY 11106

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March 26, 2015
I am currently a senior in this school. Yes most of the kids are nice but it is really the teachers and administration that is the problem in this school. There is extremely bad communication between administrators. It is easy to feel as though you have no voice in the school because no teachers or administrators listen to the students unless a parent calls. The teachers aren't good. I feel that my level in writing has gone down since I have been in this school. The teachers also do not care about the students. I have asked for extra credit before and the teachers don't allow it. They have favorites and if the teachers don't like you they make it obvious and will try to fail you which is very unproffessional. There's not many clubs, they aren't helpful with the college process, and the guidance couselor is a joke.

- submitted by a student

November 07, 2014
My son is a sophomore in the drama studio. Challenging academics (there is no easy "A" here) balanced with a great arts program. He (and I) couldn't be happier.

- submitted by a parent

November 06, 2014
I have a freshman drama major, and so far, so good. The students are very artsy and friendly and supportive of each other. No HS will be free of friend "drama". The academics are good; there are no honors classes (but a few AP options) but this is NOT an academically focused school. Grades are not handed out; they have to work for them from what I can see. Some of the classes give out very creative assignments, taking advantage of the kids' talents. I have met all of her teachers, so far I don't see any major issues. PupilPath is great; you can see grades and missing assignments. The Parent Coordinator provides TONS of information on a daily basis. Regarding the drama program, it is intense, disciplined, and not just about 'putting on plays'. They do a lot of prep work in freshman year that some may feel has nothing to do with theatre. Also, not everyone gets 90's (there is a play writing course in Freshman year too, not an easy A either). It may not be for everyone; if your child just wants to be in school plays, they can do that in a regular HS. So far my child loves it, and appreciates the work that needs to be done before they feel you are ready to perform.

- submitted by a parent

November 03, 2014
My son is a freshman in the fine art program. Making new friends. So far everything is great! Pupil Path is working well and the teachers are easy to get in touch with for the most part. He is enjoying the art studio. Academics appear to be o.k. Living Environment teacher is excellent. No bullying, building spotless! I've been there during a change of classes. Children well behaved. My son is extremely happy! La Guardia actually accepted children last year who did not pass their studio auditions and chose students for academics. Tisk tisk to them. The schools are supposed to be for the talented. This did not happen here and the academics have been appropriate and challenging as well as creative. Great choice if you want smaller enrollment and more coordination between teachers and students. Children also at museums and performances in the community to enhance the arts part of their education. Taking advantage of what NYC has to offer. Great school! if your child has a great talent and has decent grades and is a hard worker this is the place for them

- submitted by a parent

October 30, 2014
My daughter is a senior this year and she hasn't seen any bullying in the school except for one incident which she herself had intervened and stopped it. She has a 4.0 grade average and loves this school. I myself hadn't had any issues with administration. When ever I needed something I got in touch with the Parent coordinator and she always helped me reach who I needed. The principal does seem to be MIA most of the time but from my understanding she is soliciting contributors for the school. My daughter has experienced seeing Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Tony Bennett and Lada Gaga perform. As for her teachers there may have been one that seemed not to care but you are going to get that any school and sometimes even worse. The film teacher Mr. Lopez has opened up many opportunities for his kids. My daughter was able to participate at the Tribeca Film Festival, she will be interning for an doctor editing film surgery. So yes Overall I feel that this is a great school.

- submitted by a parent

October 29, 2014
My child is a freshman in the drama department. Yes, it is only month two of the school year, but overall we are exceedingly happy. My child has made several new friends and is academically challenged. There is good communication between the teachers and the parents. I received an unsolicited phone call from the math teacher regarding progress. The parent body get daily emails from the parent coordinator and I feel like I have a handle on what is going on at school. Pupil path is also a great tool that the school uses. Very happy so far.

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October 02, 2014
This school is a great experience for my daughter. Go Mr. Sandri , my daughter loved loved loved him. She thought he was an excellent teacher, and enjoyed going to his classes! The building is beautiful and they have a great music program

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September 30, 2014
My child dropped out after being bullied by the deans! Yes the deans. He went back to another school after a year and is now in an honor program at Boston College. He was depressed, constantly bullied by kids and the deans and wound up doing drugs for a year. Mind you, he walked into the school as a great kid and by sophomore year he was depressed and dysfunctional!! The principal sided with deans and deans were worse than bullies!!! It was a nightmare. I'm so glad I'm over the dark side of my life and my son's

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September 11, 2014
Yes this is only the first week of school and your child is a sophomore but my child was there until his junior year and then he left. He was bullied by others who competed with him. Teachers there don't teach. They shove the kids with loads of attachments on pupilpath and lots of reading and they expect kids to teach themselves. Pupilpath is never updated, teachers lose HW , and they look down on the arts. As far as the principal is concerned, she's a total deadbeat. There were times that she did't even attend concerts and when she did, she never once appeared on stage to thank the hard work that the kids and the teachers did. I called many times to address some issues of bullying and no one ever did anything about it. I wrote to the principal, no call, no apology, no nothing. This school building is beautiful but there is definite dark side on the part of the administration. All I know is if your kid goes there, look out for signs of anxiety and depression. Unless this administration is thrown out, this school will drive a lot of good and talented kids crazy!

- submitted by a parent

September 10, 2014
A wonderful school for any student who is fortunate enough to attend. Our child is a sophomore in this school and our experience has been nothing short of fantastic. From the talented students to the teachers and to the highly supportive administration-this school is a well oiled and highly organized machine that runs on the love and support of everyone. I am a picky parent and I will say that we are very satisfied with the education that our child is receiving and will feel a sense of loss when she graduates this school. What a great school this is, do not pass up the opportunity to attend this school, you won't be sorry. By the way, this is only the 5th full day of classes, not every administrator is available to students and parents as scheduling is being tweaked (went through this last Freshman year with our own child-smooth sailing now as a sophomore) this week. Pick up the phone and call the school if you are experiencing any issues, someone will get back to you.

- submitted by a parent

September 09, 2014
Unfortunately my experience as a student at Sinatra isn't as great as I expected it to be. Of course the talented student body is diverse, welcoming, and hardworking and the teachers for the most part are well qualified and engaging however Sinatra's biggest let down is their entire administrative staff. The school's principal is nothing more then a figure head who is never seen without her iPhone, much of the administrators have little to no gratitude for the arts, and most of the administrators are lazy, trying to do as little work as they possibly can and striving for mediocrity. It's very unfortunate that throughout my time in Sinatra I have found myself complaining about the dis functionality of the school and the carelessness that the administration works with, at least once a month. I wish I could give the school a better rating, as high school should be a time fondly remembered, but my fond memories with friends and teachers are clouded by all the unfond memories of the administration.

- submitted by a student

September 09, 2014
One MAJOR fault: lazy, careless administration who cares less about the students but more about how terribly difficult the kids make their lives. I'm very sorry that the students make you do your job, a job that regardless is usually left undone or comes out to be nothing more then mediocre. Steer clear steer clear steer clear.

- submitted by a parent

May 12, 2014
Very disappointed with this school. Tried to talk to teachers and principal about issues and never got a response. We have never seen the principal. Teachers seem to think if they make the subject "difficult" , that means "rigorous",which most people equate with a good school. There is very little classroom instruction. Teachers love to fail students at this school. Our daughter's doing well and still wants to leave. I would advise parents who are okay with even a mediocre education to steer clear of this school. On the other hand the arts are good. But if your child wants a career in the arts, they will need outside instruction.

- submitted by a parent

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

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

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

February 05, 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

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

January 04, 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

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

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

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

May 09, 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

May 02, 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

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

February 02, 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

- submitted by a community member

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

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

May 07, 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.

- submitted by a community member

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

March 07, 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

- submitted by a community member

October 19, 2009
My daughter love the school at the first day she went there, she likes the teachers,enjoy the classes.... and I admire the the building design...I think she is in the right place...thank you, to who made this possible

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October 07, 2009
Great group of talented youth. The best in NYC!

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September 20, 2009
It is the best school. The atmosphere is great, and the teachers really enjoy helping the students. They focus so much on academics and the arts.

- submitted by a student

September 20, 2009
its amazing. family environment. not suffering much from budget cuts. new buliding. nice kids. great teachers.

- submitted by a student
no rating
September 03, 2009
My daughter will be junior this year and my son will be a freshman and i cannot be more excited. FSHS is a wonderful school. the teachers are very close with the students and the whole atmosphere is that of a family. I wish their were more schools like this one. The students graduate from this school with the fondest memories and the more open and independent minds, they learn to accept and to think for themselves. They graduate better people, not all schools can do that.

- submitted by a parent

September 04, 2008
I graduated this year from FSSA and I couldn't be more sadder. I love this school and I miss it greatly. This school has taught me much. We are so close, all of us students and teachers... just like a family just cause the school is small and we all care about each other. I miss fssa already! :(

- submitted by a student

August 22, 2007
I am a sophmore this year at FSSA and i love the surroundings and all of the talented faculty. Although I do have to say, that a few of the teachers are clue-less when it comes to teaching, but then again that is in every school, so that is not a major concern in my opinion because if you are a good student you will succeed even if you have a horrible teacher. Although I feel that my studio teacher is always there to help me, and she stays after school and comes in even during the summer to give me lessons, I don't feel that my academic teachers push me enough. Yes, all of my teachers the past year were there for me when I needed them, and gave extra tutoring, especially for regents, I never had to work extremely hard in my opinion to obtain a high 90 average.

- submitted by a student

June 12, 2007
My name is Nicole and I currently attend Frank Sinatra Highschool. Frank Sinatra is a very deluxe school because not only do they focous on academics, but they also focous on visual and performing arts. I take dance at Frank Sinatra, and they inspire you and encourage you, which gives you so much confidence in what you do.

- submitted by a student
no rating
May 04, 2007
My child is a graduating senior and has loved the school. She has had some wonderful, intelligent teachers and she has also had a couple who didn't know how to teach. Academics are not generally given enough importance. The school is small, almost like a private school, which could be an incredible opportunity for students to excel but since some of the teachers are inadequate the ratings and college admissions will suffer accordingly.Parents who have strong academic students should probably go elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent

November 07, 2006
i am a senior at frank sinatra and i would like to say the school is beautiful and an amazing experience. we get so many performance opportunities, we have almost a 95% graduation rate, we are challeneged to keep our academics together with our majors, and we recieve individual help, counseling, and so many opportunties and clubs to get the best out of our 4 years. if [you] come to frank sinatra you will learn to love [your] art form, respect, and improve it and [you] will go far.

- submitted by a student

July 16, 2006
I was thinking of going to FSSA but then I didn't really like the environment. It wasn't that big and I sure wasn't going to wait for my senior year to move into the new building. I love art and I can still put that into work at Brooklyn Tech as well as terrific classes.

- submitted by a student

June 26, 2006
This school was a great idea but it is not as good as all may think. It overstimulates the level of confidence and there are many big egos in the school. Academic levels are low, and the majority of the staff isn't very appropriate or good enough. Some of the teachers are fantastic but others just add to the leniency and students who often take advantage of their gift. Discipline is nonexistant in this school and there are many, many rule breakers but there are a select few who are very good students. The academic programs for the majority are weak, the major classes of art, music, etc. are not progressing as well as they could be. Overall this school isn't such a great environment for students to become strong, moral, intellectual, and surviving people of the real world when it comes time.

- submitted by a student

May 29, 2006
This school is run by politicians, not educators. Its administration is basically perfidious and self-serving. A misguided academic curriculum and philosophy, widespread cheating and plagiarism, lack of discipline and accountability for students, persistent gossip-mongering, and a history of questionable personnel practices including intimidation of teachers, combine to form a generally amoral environment which fosters suspicion and mistrust instead of cooperation and harmony. If you are a parent, this school would be great for your child's self-esteem but devastating to his/her long-term intellectual and moral development. There are some fine teachers at this school, and some people of good character, but overall you must not believe the hype. FSSA was a good idea but has unfortunately become a political entity rather than a true institution of learning. If you value your child's moral character, do not send him/her here.

- submitted by a teacher

May 08, 2006
i like this school and the staff that works here. when i needed to speak with someone about my son or teachers i was listened to, and given answers to my questions. i may not have liked the answers i got, but i got answers.

- submitted by a parent

September 11, 2005
My son is entering his second year here. He had trouble adjusting to HS, but I will say that the principal, guidance counselor, as well as his teachers were on board to help get him back on track.

- submitted by a parent

April 04, 2005
My child attended this school from 2001 to 2004. I have to say that I was less than impressed at the school's organization, and overall quality as a school. The guidance councilors repeatedly messed up my child's transcripts, put her into the wrong classes, and made her feel less than satisfactory. Most of the staff in that school have loose mouths, and more than one time had used profanity towards my child. The staff also has a big problem with the knowledge of information about important subjects such as graduation and college. There were also many, many times when not one story was told the same way. The math and science programs are lacking. The History and English programs have great teachers, I have no complaints there. Of course the vocal program is a great one, and in my opinion the best in the school.

- submitted by a parent

August 26, 2003
As the parent of a student in the first graduating class of FSSA this coming June, I have to say that it has been a wonderful experience for my daughter. The enrichment program in the arts is wonderful. The teachers and administration are totally dedicated to making this school the best possible. The students learn in a warm caring environment where every one knows everyone else, staff and students alike.

- submitted by a parent

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Frank Sinatra School Of The Arts High School
35-12 35th Avenue, New York, NY  11106
(718) 361-9920
Last modified Frank Sinatra School Of The Arts High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Frank Sinatra School Of The Arts High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 57 reviews. Top