The High School of Fashion Industries

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225 WEST 24 STREET
MANHATTAN NY 10011 Map
Phone: (212) 255-1235
Website: Click here
Admissions: portfolio/entrance exam
Principal: Daryl Blank
Neighborhood: Chelsea/ Greenwich Village
District: 2
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: Danielle Silva
Visual Art & Design
Wheelchair Accessible
Vocational

Buses: M11, M14D, M20, M23, M34A-SBS, M34-SBS, M4, M5, M7

What's special:

In-depth training to prepare students for fashion careers

The downside:

More than half of graduates still need remedial help in college

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Most mornings, Principal Daryl Blank says hello to students outside of the High School of Fashion Industries, dropping the vocabulary word of the day (“valiant” on the day we visited). Once inside, the students scan their ID cards: if students are late, their parents automatically receive an email or text message notification.

Located in the heart of Manhattan's garment district, Fashion Industries offers three majors: fashion design, fashion marketing, or graphics and illustration. Students in the marketing program may earn a CTE certificate in visual merchandising. All students may take advantage of the school's fashion industry connections -- the school has a long list of partners, including Macy's and Kleinfeld Bridal. Students collaborated with accessory company Allegre to design handbags for sale at Macy's and junior year art majors were designing perfume bottles for the Fragrance Foundation in a business of art class. The fashion design students' work culminates in a fashion show for industry insiders in the spring of their senior year. Fashion touches all subjects at the school, even gym, where students learn to walk the runway as part of their conditioning class.

Blank became principal in 2010 after more than a decade as a history teacher and assistant principal at school. The transition to new leadership after the retirement of the old principal has been smooth; the staff is stable. The building is clean, if rather worn and dimly lit. When we visited, students seemed enthusiastic in their art classes, and most students were alert and participating in their academic classes. We particularly enjoyed a senior U.S. history class discussing the Montgomery bus boycott and the civil rights movement. The school offers AP biology, English and history and also has an honors program.

The school has a solid graduation rate -- nine in 10 students graduate within four years. One downside: many graduates still need remedial help once they get to college. But, the school is making an effort to better prepare students for college and has added more advanced classes in recent years, including calculus and chemistry. High-achieving students also have the opportunity to enroll in college courses at local universities like Hunter and Baruch and select juniors and seniors may participate in the Fashion Institute of Technology's Tech Prep program. A full-time staffer works in the high school's college and career center and more than 80 percent of students enroll in college after high school. 

Only one in 10 students at Fashion Industries is male, with most boys in the graphic design and illustration program. Emmanuel, a junior, told us there's "lots of pressure being a boy, lots of attention from girls. But school is not too hard as long as you pay attention in class." Catiana, a freshman, said the lack of boys made it easier for her focus on schoolwork.

Special Education: The school has a robust office dedicated to instructional support. There is a full time psychologist, social worker, speech teacher and hearing teacher. The school offers Collaborative Team Teaching for three years. District 75 students are integrated into classes at Fashion Industries. More than 40 students are English Language Learners.

Admissions: Students take an entrance exam and submit a portfolio for review. Fashion Industries looks for students with at least a B-average and good attendance records. On average, 450 of the 1000 students who sit for the exam are offered admission. (Anna Schneider, visited October 2010 and updated with new information April 2013)

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 1732

Average Daily Attendance 92%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
4%

Black

  
38%

Hispanic

  
53%

White

  
4%

Free Lunch

  
82%

Special ed

  
12%

English Language Learners

  
3%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.56 2.80 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

29 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?

94% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

85% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

94% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

21% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many students graduated within 4 years?

91% 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

94% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many students graduated within 4 years?

89% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

12% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

94% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

2% 11% 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?

5%

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

12%

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

24%

Are students ready for college?

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

46% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

423
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

76% 62% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

420
425 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 514 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

70% 45% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

76% 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

78% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

93% 89% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners graduated within 4 years?

40% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners graduated within 6 years?

58% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

School admission priorities:

  1. Open to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

Fashion Design, Related Arts & Business Fields

Audition

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).

Academics

AP COURSES: Biology, Calculus AB, English Literature and Composition, Spanish Language and Culture, United States History

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: National Honor Society, Fashion Cares Community Service Organization, 'The Hanger' Literary Magazine, 'The Image' School Newspaper, iMag Fashion Magazine; Accessories, Adopt-a-Student Mentorship, Anime, Cosmetology, Distributive Education Club of America (DECA), Drama, Fashion Institute of Technology Illustration, Fashion With A Purpose, Film Society, Library Chit Chat, Peer Leadership Advisories, Photography, Portfolio, Restorative Circles, Rif Raf Book Club, School Leadership Team, SkillsUSA, Student Government, Tailoring, Tutoring, Work-based Learning Programs, Lincoln-Douglas Debate Team, Knitting, Styling, Charles Nolan Fashion Club, Fashion Forecasting, Korean Pop Culture, Animal Wellness

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Bowling, Volleyball

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Softball, Volleyball, Wrestling

Other schools sports: Competitive Cheerleading Team, Hip-Hop Reggae Dance Team, Step Team

Source: High school directory

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