High School of Arts and Technology

122 AMSTERDAM AVENUE
MANHATTAN NY 10023 Map
Phone: (212) 501-1198
Website: Click here
Admissions: Ed opt
Principal: Anne Geiger
Neighborhood: Upper West Side
District:3
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: ROY BALGOBIN
Visual Art & Design
Wheelchair Accessible

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

What's special:

Kids run their own mock businesses.

The downside:

Very high suspension rate.

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

The vision: A nurturing place for kids who haven’t been successful in middle school.

The reality: In addition to a regular academic program, students learn skills like Photoshop in classes in art and technology. Seniors take a class in “virtual enterprise,” in which they create and run their own make-believe business. The school is housed in the Martin Luther King Educational Complex and students make take part in campus-wide sports teams.

Most students enter 9th grade with poor academic skills. Teachers use various techniques to engage them: In one class, the teacher read aloud from Living up the Street, Gary Soto’s autobiographical story about growing up as a Mexican-American in California.

In another, the teacher showed the movie "Dr. Zhivago" as an introduction to the Russian Revolution. Despite these efforts, attendance is poor and kids seem disengaged. We saw some heads on desks in class.

Discipline is an issue. There were more than 250 suspensions in the 2010-11 school year. Teachers say expectations are low and the administration is ineffective, according to the Learning Environment Survey.

Annie Geiger, who has been principal since the school was founded in 2002, says she has a challenging population of students, including about 100 who receive special education services. She has welcomed The Door, a social services agency, to set up a drop-out prevention program in the school. A teacher and a social worker staff a special office to try to get at the root of children’s academic and social problems, providing them everything from tutoring to counseling.

Special education: About 30 students are assigned to self-contained special education classrooms and another 70 receive special education student support services (SETSS).

College admissions: About half of graduates go on to college, most to 2-year CUNY colleges, Geiger says.

Admissions: Educational option, a formula designed to ensure a mix of students of different abilities. (Clara Hemphill, January 2012)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

Martin Luther King, Jr. Educational Campus

Number of Students 588

Average Daily Attendance 82%

Uniforms? Yes

Metal detectors? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
4%

Black

  
31%

Hispanic

  
61%

White

  
3%

Free Lunch

  
91%

Special ed

  
20%

English Language Learners

  
12%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.80 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 24 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

54% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

61% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

82% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

65% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

53% 34% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

64% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

78% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

69% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen earned an advanced regents diploma within 4 years?

1% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

72% 73% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

12% 12% 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?

0%

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

3%

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

7%

Are students ready for college?

How many 2009 freshmen graduated in four years with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?

10% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

415
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2009 freshmen graduated in four years and enrolled in college?

58%

SAT math scores

407
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% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students starting school in 2008 graduated within 4 years?

40% 44% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students starting school in 2006 graduated within 6 years?

40% 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

72% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

85% 88% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners starting school in 2008 graduated within 4 years?

38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners starting school in 2006 graduated within 6 years?

57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

School admission priorities:

  1. Open to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

Arts & Technology

Ed. Opt.

Arts and Technology Infusion Program is an Interdisciplinary program with courses in visual arts (all media), computer literacy, graphic arts and media technology.

Academics

AP COURCES: Art History, Psychology, United States History

Online: N/A

Language classes: Spanish

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: “Battle of the Grades” (schoolwide sports, activities and competitions), Anime, Annual overnight school trip for sophomores, Cartooning, Chess, Choir, Computer, Dance, Drama, Extended Day Tutoring, Fashion Shows, Filmmaking, Graphic Arts, Guitar, Jiu Jitsu, Knitting, Manga, MOUSE Squad, Mural Painting, Musical Instruments (Guitar), National Honor Society, PM School for credit accumulation, Posse, Robotics, Saturday Programs, School Dances, Step Dance, Student Council, Talent Shows, Weightlifting

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

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

Other schools sports: Intramural Sports

Source: High school directory

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