City College Academy of the Arts

4600 BROADWAY
MANHATTAN NY 10040 Map
Phone: (212) 567-3164
Website: Click here
Admissions: Lottery for District 6
Wheelchair accessible
Principal: Bernadette Drysdale
Neighborhood: Washington Heights
District: 6
Grade range: 06 thru 12
Parent Coordinator: MANUELLA CEBALLOS

Buses: BX7, M101, M3, M4

What's special:

The chance to earn up to two years worth of college credit.

The downside:

Limited space in the building, which is shared with other schools.

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

A traditional school with an accelerated curriculum, City College Academy of the Arts (CCAA) offers students in grades 6 to 12 a supportive environment and the chance to earn two years of college credit at the City College of New York (CCNY.)

Founding principal Bernadette Drysdale patterned the school on those she attended as a child in Jamaica, with small classes, clear expectations and close relationships between adults and children. On our visit Drysdale seemed to know every child by name. One gave her a hug, another gave her a paper airplane as a gift. Her personal connection with the students reflects the school's friendly atmosphere.

Next to Fort Tyron Park in Washington Heights, the school shares a building with IS 218 and IS 322. CCAA occupies the fourth floor and half the second floor of the building. The set-up is a bit awkward, but the kids didn’t seem to mind, and class changes were smooth.

The school is part of the Early College Initiative at the City University of New York (CUNY), which is designed to better prepare students for college by exposing them to higher-level academics starting in middle school. CCAA students take courses at CCNY, 60 blocks to the south. In the 9th grade, they take most of their classes at their high school but take art at CCNY. By senior year, they take all their classes at CCNY. One 10th grader told us he took trigonometry, drawing, and photography at CCNY. Ten students in CCAA’s first senior class earned 70 college credits—more than two years’worth.

CCAA offers five arts classes each week, and students can also participate in an afterschool arts club. While the school is named for its focus on the arts, it was the emphasis on reading and writing that came across during our visit. “Every teacher teaches reading,” said Nancy Byrne, who is both a reading specialist and a certified math teacher.

College admissions: The school has a well-staffed college office. Students are encouraged to visit colleges as early as 6th grade. “It’s never too early to talk about college,” college counselor Rosanna Almanzar said. Most graduates attend CUNY and SUNY colleges, but one was admitted to Fordham and one to Penn State. One graduate won a POSSE scholarship to attend University of Wisconsin.

Special education: CCAA has team-taught classes, where two teachers work in the same classroom with both general education students and those needing special services. The school also has three certified reading specialists to help those students who need extra help with their reading skills.

Admissions: Selection is by a lottery open to all students in District 6. For middle school, preference is given to students who attend an open house. For high school, limited seats are available to new students, and admissions are screened. (Pauline Zaldonis, October 2012)

Middle InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the IS 218 building

Number of Students 593

Average Daily Attendance 94%

Uniforms? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
1%

Black

  
4%

Hispanic

  
93%

White

  
2%

Free Lunch

  
88%

Special ed

  
14%

English Language Learners

  
4%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.90 2.80 CITYWIDE AVERAGE


1 = Far below grade level 2 = Below grade level 3 = At grade level 4 = Above grade level

Safety & vibe

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

73% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students say this school offers enough programs to keep them interested?

71% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE KIDS NICE?

How many students complain about bullying?

39% 71% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students say students at their school respect one another?

83% 56% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

96% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

93% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

100% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

21 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students are chronically absent?

14% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam

38% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ela exam

23% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 science exam

64% 51% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS Prep

How many 8th graders pass high school regents exams?

Percent of 8th graders who take and pass the algebra regents:

70% 19% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 8th graders who take and pass a science regents:

71% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How do graduates do in 9th grade?

Percent who pass all their classes freshman year:

91% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:

NA 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

NA 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:

17% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

14% 4% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:

NA 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

NA 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

Percent of ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

0% 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of former ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

4% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the IS 218 building

Number of Students 593

Average Daily Attendance 94%

Uniforms? Yes

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
1%

Black

  
4%

Hispanic

  
93%

White

  
2%

Free Lunch

  
88%

Special ed

  
14%

English Language Learners

  
4%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 3.20 2.80 CITYWIDE AVERAGE


1 = Far below grade level 2 = Below grade level 3 = At grade level 4 = Above grade level

Middle school students reading at grade level:

23% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Middle school students doing math at grade level:

38% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Safety & vibe

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

28 24 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

73% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

93% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

93% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

96% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

14% 34% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

88% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

NA 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

95% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

27% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

NA 73% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

2% 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?

95%

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

42%

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?

44% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

415
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

How many 0 freshmen graduated in four years and enrolled in college?

NA

SAT math scores

448
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?

86% 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?

67% 44% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

93% 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. Priority to continuing 8th graders
  2. Then to Manhattan students or residents
  3. Then to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

City College Academy of the Arts

Screened

Selection Criteria

  • English (70-100) , Math (70-100) , Science (70-100) , Social Studies (70-100)
  • Math Levels: 2-4 ; English Language Arts Levels: 2-4

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

Academics

AP COURCES: N/A

Online: N/A

Language classes: Spanish

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Anime Club, Art Club, Arts Exploration, Chess, Cooking, Dance, Drama, ELA and Math Tutorials, Exploring Da Heights, Fitness, Glee Club, Hip-Hop, Lang Science Club, Leadership, Music, Newspaper, Orchestra, Rock Band, Salsa Club, School Newspaper, Singing, Skittles, Spirit Committee, Strings, Student Council, Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), Technology Art, The Lang Program, Web Design

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: N/A

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Outdoor Track

Other schools sports: We plan to offer sports based on student interest.

Source: High school directory

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