Art and Design High School

An Insideschools pick
231-249 EAST 56 STREET
MANHATTAN NY 10019 Map
Phone: (212) 752-4340
Website: Click here
Admissions: audition
Principal: Manuel Urena
Neighborhood: Midtown
District: 2
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: JANEEN JOHNSON
Visual Art & Design
Architecture
Film/Video
Wheelchair Accessible
Vocational

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What's special:

Strong commercial arts program; well-equipped, modern building

The downside:

Limited foreign language instruction

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Art and Design is a vibrant school that offers hands-on training in commercial arts including animation, architecture, cartooning, fashion, film, graphic design, illustration and photography. Students participate in internships in the industry and earn professional certifications in a range of skills. The school, which attracts students from across the city, offers extra support for struggling learners and advanced and college level courses for high achievers.

Founded in 1936, Art and Design counts many prominent figures among its alumni including Tony Bennett, Harvey Fierstein, Calvin Klein and Art Spielgelman. Many of its teachers are working artists and the schools’ industry partners and network of loyal alumni provide a steady stream of internships and employment opportunities for students and graduates.

Manuel Ureña, former school leader of Repertory Company High School, became principal in January, 2016 and quickly made some big changes. He switched the school from a triple to single session, so all students start and end their school day at the same time. He created a student council, and at students’ request, agreed to let seniors who are in good academic standing leave the building for lunch. Parents and students we spoke with say the changes have had a positive impact on the school’s culture. Teachers now have more time for professional development, collaboration and parent outreach; students feel they have a say in school decisions and all are available at the same time to participate in after-school activities.

Walk into any of the art classes and you’ll see talented and engaged students in action. We observed fashion students designing their ready-to-wear lines inspired by different periods in history. Illustration students refined digital collages inspired by the Renaissance artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo. In a film class, students offered a scene-by-scene critique of a classmate’s work.

Writing, oral presentations and technology are constants in all arts classes. Students craft artist statements and share their work and research with peers. The school’s eight computer labs are full each period with students crafting and editing work as well as converting their creations into digital form—an “essential” skill artists need to market their work, said Ureña.

In academic classes there’s a mix of teaching styles. Group work dominates in some, while teacher-directed lessons are the norm elsewhere. Regardless of the class structure, we saw a lot of teachers build in time for student discussion and reflection.

English and history classes are scheduled back-to-back so teachers can coordinate lessons between the two subjects. For instance, while 11th-graders are reading “The Crucible,” in English—Arthur Miller’s play about the Salem witch trials that’s an allegory about McCarthyism—they’re learning about McCarthyism in their United States history class.

Qualifying students may take courses at Hunter College as well as Advanced Placement courses in English, biology, chemistry, calculus, World and United States history. Spanish is taught in a class setting for one year and after that students may take an online course.

Art and Design is housed on six floors of a contemporary building in midtown Manhattan that it shares with PS 59. There’s a myriad of well-equipped art studios and academic classrooms, an expansive gymnasium, a fitness room equipped with cardio and weight-training equipment, and a bright and airy cafeteria adorned with a stain glass mural designed by Art Spiegelman.

All students have a prep class built into their schedule, which in the lower grades focuses on Regents exams and in the upper grades focuses on SAT and Advanced Placement exams. College and SAT prep classes are also offered on Saturdays.

After graduation, some students get jobs, but many choose to attend art schools such as Cooper Union, Parsons, Pratt, Rhode Island School of Design and liberal arts colleges including, CUNY, SUNY and private institutions.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: There are ICT classes and SETSS.

ADMISSIONS: Open to students citywide. Students audition and submit an art portfolio for one of three programs: Architectural Design, Commercial Art (includes photography, animation, fashion and graphic design) and Film/Video productions. Admissions decisions also take into account students’ grades, test scores and record of lateness and attendance. (Laura Zingmond, October 2016)

InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Midtown East Campus with one other school

Number of Students 1442

Average Daily Attendance 90%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
8%

Black

  
22%

Hispanic

  
56%

White

  
12%

Free Lunch

  
65%

Special ed

  
18%

English Language Learners

  
1%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.66 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?

87% 74% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

72% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

93% 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?

29% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2015

How many students graduated within 4 years?

85% 69% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

16% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

92% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

3% 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?

22%

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

4%

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

29%

Are students ready for college?

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

37% 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

475
424 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 495 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

74% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

455
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?

80% 48% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

92% 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

Film/Video Production

Audition

Studio-based curriculum includes pre-production, production and post-production skills. Through hands-on filmmaking, students learn film theory, film analysis, scriptwriting and editing in Final Cut-Pro and gain industry-based technical and theoretical knowledge. Students have access to state-of-the-art equipment, participate in contests and film festivals and meet visiting artists and professionals.

Selection Criteria

  • Math Levels: Levels 2.0-4.5

There may be additional selection criteria, see the High School Directory for more information

Architectural Design

Audition

Program includes study of structures, space, color, form, with a focus on hand drafting, architectural design, model making and sketching, and AutoCAD. Seniors complete city planning design project to address current zoning issues, visit museums and professional studios and hear from visiting professionals. Student projects are critiqued and reviewed by industry partners in order to provide students with specific, relevant industry feedback.

Selection Criteria

  • Math Levels: Levels 1.9-4.5

There may be additional selection criteria, see the High School Directory for more information

Commercial Art and Design

Audition

9th grade: Design Foundations; 10th grade: select CTE major from Cartooning, Animation, Fashion/Costume Design, Illustration, Graphic Design, Digital Photography; gain introduction to Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Technical assessment required for CTE certification. Upper grade students can apply for AP courses in Illustration and Graphic Design. All portfolios are evaluated by professionals. Opportunities for museum visits, rotating student exhibitions, visiting artists.

Selection Criteria

  • Math Levels: Levels 1.9-4.5

There may be additional selection criteria, see the High School Directory for more information

Academics

AP COURSES: AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP Chemistry, AP English, AP Spanish, AP US History, AP World History

Source: High school directory 2015-2016

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: AIGA NYC (professional association for design), Mentoring, Animation, Film/Video, Drama, Student Exhibitions in Kenny Gallery, Art & Design Newscast, Fashion Design, GSA, 3D Printing & Sculpture, Smash, Literacy Arts Journal, NHS, Kaplan Saturday SAT Prep, Newspaper, Morning Painting, Chess, Saturday Art Directors, Museum Exploration Program, Art Students League, Yearbook. Tutoring before- and after-school in core academic subjects. School-Wide: Spring Arts Festival, Film Festival, Fashion Show.

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Fencing, Handball, Soccer, Volleyball

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Soccer, Softball, Table Tennis, Volleyball

Other schools sports: Aerobic Training, Basketball, Intramural Sports, Nautilus Training, Spinning, Volleyball, Weight Training; Student-Faculty Games

Source: High school directory 2015-2016

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