High School for Arts and Business

An Insideschools pick for Special Education
105-25 HORACE HARDING EXPY N
QUEENS NY 11368 Map
Phone: (718) 271-8383
Website: Click here
Admissions: Educational option
Principal: Ana Zambrano Burako
Neighborhood: Corona
District: 24
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: KAREN NGUYEN
Visual Art & Design

Buses: Q23, Q38, Q58, Q88, QM10, QM11, QM12

What's special:

Nice selection of Advanced Placement, arts and business classes.

The downside:

No outdoor facilities.

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

High School for Arts and Business is a medium-size school that offers some large school perks. Students can study commercial or fine arts, take courses in business management, participate in PSAL sports and after school clubs and choose from a selection of Advanced Placement classes on scale with many large and selective high schools. Founded in 1997 to help alleviate overcrowding at Newtown High School, Arts & Business still draws many students zoned for Newtown, but also attracts kids from across Queens and other boroughs too.

Most students come from poor families and many are immigrants or first generation Americans. Typical 9th graders start school performing below grade level, although Arts & Business is starting to attract high achievers, according to principal Ana Zambrano-Burakov. In recent years the school has added honors sections for select math and science classes. Stronger students take single-period English classes that cover more advanced work. Students needing extra support take double-period English classes that place more emphasis on fundamental skills.

What the school does best is ensure that all students enjoy opportunities beyond core academics. Starting in 9th grade students pursue concentrations in either arts or business. Art offerings include painting, drawing, photography, design and graphic design. In the Virtual Enterprise program, students take classes in computer applications and business management, and spend their senior year running a mock silver and gold trading company. Students can also take classes in dance, instrumental music, music theory and can participate in chorus or one of the school's two bands.

Since its inception, Arts & Business has been committed to offering Advanced Placement classes to all students, not just high achievers. About one-third of all students take at least one AP class before graduation, and a core group of motivated students take multiple AP classes, some as early as 10th grade. AP courses include American History, World History, Calculus, Computer Science, English, Environmental Science, Psychology, Spanish Language Arts and Spanish Literature.

Foreign languages taught include French, Italian and Spanish. For Spanish, there's a three-tiered curriculum with separate classes for native speakers, heritage speakers (educated in English, but exposed to Spanish in their homes) and non-native speakers (both educated and raised in English-only settings).

Despite the nice offerings, many students struggle. During our visit in early June, we observed several Regents review classes geared for students who failed the exam at least once before. Though the graduation rate is above average, the school is working to boost its college enrollment. Zambrano-Burakov said that more than 90 percent of graduating seniors are admitted to college, but some don't attend because of finances. Undocumented students present a particular challenge for the school. "We have smart students who get into college, but can't go because they can't afford tuition and they can't get a job to pay for it," Zambrano-Burakov said. "We have some who were born here, but their parents are undocumented, so they are too afraid to fill out aid forms."

In 2011, the facilities got a much-needed upgrade – windows. Prior to their installation the entire two-story building, a former bowling alley, was windowless. There are no outdoor facilities. Sports teams practice at Flushing Meadows Park. The building also houses a Young Adult Borough Center (also known as a YABC), which runs evening classes for Queens students who want to graduate, but were unsuccessful in a traditional high school.

The school fields several PSAL sports teams and offers roughly 30 different clubs and extra-curricular activities ranging from cooking and dungeons and dragons to chess, fitness club and student government.

Special education: There are ICT (Integrated Collaborative Teaching) classes. For English language learners (ELLs), the school offers bilingual (Spanish-English) instruction sections for all math, science and social studies classes required for graduation.

Admissions: Priority to students zoned for Newtown High School, then to Queens residents, and then to students citywide. Students are admitted according to the educational option formula designed to ensure a mix of low, average and high achievers.

College admissions: Most students who attend college after graduation enroll in CUNY and SUNY schools. Some graduates attend private colleges including Ivy League schools. Each year the law firm of O'Melveny & Meyers awards scholarships to three graduates. To encourage more students to attend college, the parent association helps very poor students by sponsoring tuition for their first semester. "That gives them extra time to find a job to pay for the rest of college," said parent coordinator, Cira Herrera. (Laura Zingmond, June, 2012)

InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Number of Students 823

Average Daily Attendance 91%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
10%

Black

  
9%

Hispanic

  
77%

White

  
4%

Free Lunch

  
100%

Special ed

  
16%

English Language Learners

  
7%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.46 2.39 CITYWIDE AVERAGE


1 = Far below grade level 2 = Below grade level 3 = At grade level 4 = Above grade level

Safety & vibe

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

82% 74% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

81% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

How many students say they feel safe in hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?

95% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

26% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2015

How many students graduated within 4 years?

90% 69% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates earned an advanced regents diploma within 4 years?

20% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

91% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

4% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

College prep

Does this school offer a college preparatory curriculum?

How many students took an AP or IB class and scored at least a "3" on the AP exam or a "4" on the IB exam?

26%

How Many Students took a College Course and Got a "C" or Higher?

38%

How many students passed a Regents exam for algebra 2, physics or chemistry?

34%

Are students ready for college?

How many students graduated in four years with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?

39% 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

405
424 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 495 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated in four years and enrolled in college?

70% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

413
432 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 511 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

Is the guidance counseling helpful?

How many students say that this school provides helpful counseling on college or job-seeking?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

67% 48% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

NA 57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students with disabilities spend most of the day with non-disabled peers?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say students with disabilities are included in all activities?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners graduated within 4 years?

48% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners graduated within 6 years?

56% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

Arts and Business

Ed. Opt.

Academics

AP COURSES: AP Art History, AP Psychology, AP US History, AP World History

Source: High school directory 2015-2016

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Ad Council, Advertising Futures, Arista/NHS, Art, Art Therapy, Careers, Carnegie Hall, Cheer, Chess, Cooking, Student Leadership, Community Service, Dance, Debate, Film, Fundraising, Future Leaders, Guitar, Job Shadowing, Law, Math, Music, Tutoring, Photography, Piano, Poetry, Pre-Med, Student Council, Public Speaking, Robotics, Shakespeare, Newspaper, Vocal and Instrumental Concert, Story Corps, Student Center, Wellness, Arts, Yearbook, 3D Printing, Ping Pong, Global Kids, College Now, SAT Prep

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Cross Country, Handball, Soccer

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Cross Country, Handball, Soccer

Other schools sports: Dance, Fitness Team, Track

Source: High school directory 2015-2016

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