High School for Arts, Imagination and Inquiry

122 AMSTERDAM AVENUE
MANHATTAN NY 10023 Map
Phone: (212) 799-4064
Website: Click here
Admissions: Citywide
Principal: STEPHEN NOONAN
Neighborhood: Upper West Side
District: 3
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: MONSERRATE FELICIER
Humanities & Interdisciplinary
Wheelchair Accessible
Citywide

Buses: M10, M104, M11, M20, M31, M5, M57, M66, M7, M72

What's special:

Art is integrated into history and English classes.

The downside:

Attendance is poor.

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

The vision: Students learn about history and literature by looking at works of art, watching plays or listening to music.

The reality: Arts, Imagination and Inquiry, housed in the Martin Luther King Jr. Educational Complex has regular academic program—not a program designed to produce artists.

Rather than teaching art as a separate subject, classroom teachers integrate art projects into history and English classes. For example, students made cutouts from black and white construction paper to illustrate themes in the Abolitionist movement. A global history teacher took students to see the Islamic art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Students might listen to blue grass music as part of a lesson on U.S. history or see a play by Shakespeare at Lincoln Center. The school has a music teacher but no regular art teacher on staff.

The school was founded in collaboration with the not-for-profit Lincoln Center Institute just across the street, and teaching artists from that organization visit the school in the fall to help teachers plan their lessons, said Principal Steve Noonan, who founded the school in 2005. Students get tickets to see plays and attend concerts.

Most students enter 9th grade with weak academic skills and the school offers small classes to help them catch up. The school has struggled with poor attendance and high suspension rates, but both are improving, Noonan said. One teacher discovered he could get kids to come on time to class if he provided breakfast in the classroom. The suspension rate decreased after the school instituted what Noonan calls “restorative justice.” A student who is rude might be asked to write a letter of apology, for example.

Students must pass through metal detectors to enter the building, and they have their lunch, starting at 10:30 a.m. in a noisy, windowless cafeteria. Sports teams are made up of students from all five mini-schools, and the soccer team is particularly strong.

Special education: The school has a strong commitment to special education. It offers "collaborative team teaching" as well as self-contained classes.

College admissions: CUNY and SUNY colleges are popular choices. Several students have won POSSE scholarships.

Admissions: The school is unscreened and open to students from all five boroughs. (Clara Hemphill, January 2012)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

Martin Luther King, Jr. Educational Campus

Number of Students 435

Average Daily Attendance 83%

Uniforms? Yes

Metal detectors? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
1%

Black

  
40%

Hispanic

  
57%

White

  
2%

Free Lunch

  
83%

Special ed

  
20%

English Language Learners

  
13%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.60 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

26 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

57% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

75% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

81% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

82% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

50% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many students graduated within 4 years?

75% 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

64% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many students graduated within 4 years?

67% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

1% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

86% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

10% 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?

1%

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

9%

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

20%

Are students ready for college?

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

12% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

392
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

50% 62% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

403
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?

67% 76% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

39% 45% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

78% 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

85% 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. Priority to New York City residents who attend an information session
  2. Then to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

High School for Arts, Imagination and Inquiry

Limited Unscreened

Academics

AP COURSES: United States History

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: CARE Club (Community Activists Reaching Everyone), College Essay Writing Weekend Workshops; Cultural and Museum Partnerships including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art, Music Production, Photography, Visual Arts, Yoga, Drama, Guitar, Regents Review, SAT Prep, School Yearbook, Student Government

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball & JV Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Volleyball, Wrestling

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball & JV Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball, Wrestling

Other schools sports: Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball, Wrestling

Source: High school directory

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