The High School of Fashion Industries
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The High School of Fashion Industries
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The High School for Fashion Industries prepares students from all over New York for fashion careers ranging from business to design. It's a great fit for hands-on learners who want opportunities that extend beyond the classroom.
Founded in 1926, Fashion Industries is older and larger than many other CTE (Career and Technical Education) schools. Principal Daryl Blank, who has led the school since 2010, says the school is a perfect size—not so big that students get lost, but not too small to offer a range of electives and activities to keep them engaged.
Students we talked to on our visit said they have great relationships with their teachers, and enjoy internships, the fashion show and networking opportunities. The ratio of girls to boys at the school is 10 to one. Girls say they like this because it's less of a distraction from their studies. There is a boys club to support the males at the school.
For the CTE diploma, students major in fashion design, graphic design and illustration, marketing or visual merchandising. An advisory board of fashion industry representatives is tasked with ensuring these majors align with industry standards. Classes in these majors include digital patternmaking, foundations of art, photography, business law, entrepreneurship and window design. Students start with one CTE class each semester in freshman year, and increase to three per semester for junior and senior year.
Most academic classes we saw had a traditional feel—with teachers leading classes from the front of the room. In recent years Fashion Industries has expanded academic offerings, and students now take four years of math and science, with the option to take AP (Advanced Placement) calculus and biology. ELA (English language arts) follows the EngageNY Common Core curriculum. This curriculum focuses on short and nonfiction texts, but teachers at Fashion Industries try to supplement with novels and full texts. For example, juniors read "Macbeth" and seniors read Alice Walker's The Color Purple.
The school has consistently graduated more than 90 percent of students, but this number hasn't always translated into success in college. To address this, Fashion students now take a year-long college access class starting in junior year. Trained peer mentors and a college counselor are available to assist with applications. Alumni are hired to work with students between graduation and starting college. "I've learned that you can't rely on students getting preparation for college done at home," said Principal Blank.
Another initiative designed to boost academic achievement is the VTOD ("Vocabulary Term of the Day"). Blank uses the VTOD ("reciprocal" on the day of our visit) as he greets students every morning, and reads its formal definition during morning announcements. Students affectionately call Blank the "VTOD Master" and created a graphic with it written on his forehead. "It gives me a lot of street cred I think," he said.
Around one-third of Fashion Industries' students continue a fashion major at schools such as Fashion Institute of Technology, Parsons and SCAD in Georgia. The rest go to CUNY and SUNY schools.
SPECIAL EDUCATION: For students with IEPs (individualized education programs), Fashion Industries offers ICT (integrated co-teaching) classes and SETSS (special education teacher support services). Special education teachers work closely with each academic department to ensure that their knowledge of a subject is strong.
ADMISSIONS: Students must submit a portfolio and take an entrance exam. Each year Fashion Industries admits approximately 300 students into the fashion major, and 100 into both the graphic design and business programs. For questions, contact Assistant Principal Danielle Silva. (Ella Colley, October 2015)
At a glance
Number of Students 1798
Average Daily Attendance 94%
Metal detectors? No
INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.56 2.38 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Safety & vibe
ARE CLASSES BIG?
Number of students in an average english class30 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?
How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?55% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?95% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?
How many students say they feel safe in hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?90% 85% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?94% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How Many Students are Chronically Absent?18% 36% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Class of 2015
How many students passed a Regents exam for algebra 2, physics or chemistry?21%
Is the guidance counseling helpful?
How many students say that this school provides helpful counseling on college or job-seeking?65% 76% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Special ed & ELL
Programs and Admissions
School admission priorities:
- Open to New York City residents
Fashion Design, Related Arts & Business Fields
All students applying to the High School of Fashion Industries are required to audition for the school online at www.fashionhighschool.net or in person. The audition includes an admissions examination and submission of a portfolio for the program major(s) in which they are interested. Students may submit up to three portfolios (one for each program major of interest).
- English (Scores 75-100) , Math (Scores 75-100) , Science (Scores 75-100) , Social Studies (Scores 75-100)
There may be additional selection criteria, see the High School Directory for more information
AP COURSES: Biology, Calculus, English, Spanish, United States Government and Politics, United States History
EXTRACURRICULAR: National Honor Society, Fashion Cares Community Service Organization, ‰Û÷The Hanger‰Ûª Literary Magazine, ‰Û÷The Image‰Ûª School Newspaper, iMag Fashion Magazine; Yoga, Royal Academy of Digital Arts, Accessories, Adopt-a-Student Mentorship, Anime, Cosmetology, Distributive Education Club of America (DECA), Drama, Fashion Institute of Technology Illustration, Fashion With A Purpose, Film & Design, Library Chit Chat, Math, Peer Leadership Advisories, Photography, Portfolio, Restorative Circles, Rif Raf Book Club, School Leadership Team, SkillsUSA, Student Government, Tailoring, Tutoring, Lincoln-Douglas Debate Team, Knitting, Styling, Charles Nolan Fashion Club, Fashion Forecasting, Korean Pop Culture, Animal Wellness, Autism Awareness, Crochet, Red Cross, Latin Groove Dance, Screen Printing, Display & Mannequin Styling Club, Modeling
BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Badminton, Basketball, Bowling, Volleyball
GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Softball, Stunt, Volleyball, Wrestling
Other schools sports: Hip-Hop Reggae Dance Team, Step Team