The High School of Fashion Industries
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The High School of Fashion Industries
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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)
At a glance
Number of Students 1770
Average Daily Attendance 92%
Metal detectors? No
INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.56 2.40 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Safety & vibe
ARE CLASSES BIG?
Number of students in an average english class29 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 Many Students are Chronically Absent?21% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Class of 2014
How many students passed a Regents exam for algebra 2, physics or chemistry?24%
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