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Lower Manhattan Arts Academy

Grades: 9-12
350 Grand Street
Manhattan NY
Phone: 212-505-0143

Our Insights

What’s Special

Daily arts instruction for all students

The Downside

Low parent involvement

Lower Manhattan Arts Academy (LoMA) opened in 2005 with the mission of promoting academics through daily immersion in the arts. Located on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the school has developed strong partnerships with local arts and social service organizations to help provide students with lots of arts enrichment and academic support.

Ninth graders rotate through 10 weeks each of drama, music, dance and visual arts. Students then choose a major to pursue in grades 10 through 12. The Henry Street Settlement offers an extensive after school arts program. Students perform in a play in the fall and a musical in the spring.

Twelfth graders complete an internship at organizations such as the Abrons Arts Center, The Public Theater and Harlem Hospital. Students attend theater, music and dance performances and visit museums and cultural institutions.

One student wrote a play that was performed at the Imperial Theatre on Broadway; another choreographed a dance that performed with American Ballet Theatre at the Metropolitan Opera House, according the school’s yearly plan.

It’s a safe school where students gets lots of attention from adults. “There are no fights” and “students treat each other with respect, tolerance, and friendship,” according to an educator who visited for the school’s Quality Review. “Students said they feel welcome and that they can express themselves without fear of judgment or bullying.”

Students take a regular academic program that includes four years of English, history, science and math. LoMA has four full-time and three part-time counsellors, a very high number for a small school. Daily, student volunteers from New York University provide tutoring.

LoMA is one of five small, high schools housed in the Seward Park Campus building. All Seward Campus schools share use of the auditorium, gymnasium, cardio and weight room, cafeteria, swimming pool and library. There are no metal detectors.

A downside: Parent involvement is low, according to school surveys. While most students graduate on time, many must take remedial classes when they go to college.   

Special education: Thirty percent of students have special needs. Nearly half the classes are team-taught ICT (Integrated Collaborative Teaching) classes, with two teachers. .

Admissions: Founding Principal John Wenk, who taught at the Professional Performing Arts School and Seward Park High School, believes all students should study art, whatever their background or talents. The school doesn’t require an audition and all students are welcome. Students are admitted according to the educational option formula designed to ensure a mix of students of different academic abilities. (Clara Hemphill, DOE data and web reports, October, 2018)

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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe and well-run?

From 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
82% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
48% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
41% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
67% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2019-20 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
38% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
66% Citywide Average

For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

Lower Manhattan Arts Academy
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

All freshmen complete a one year rotation of the four arts before choosing a major that they focus on for their final three years. As a major of visual arts, dance, drama or music they study the technique and history of their art in social context before participating in a senior internship. Every student takes part in several performances/gallery exhibits prior to graduation. These have taken place at the Whitney, Metropolitan Opera House, Broadway stages and professional recording studios.


Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English Literature and Composition, AP Psychology, AP Statistics, AP U.S. Government and Politics


Boys PSAL teams

Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Handball, Volleyball, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Badminton, Basketball, Bowling, Softball, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools
NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location


Lower East Side (District 2)
Trains: B Line, D Line to Grand St; F Line, J Line, M Line, Z Line to Delancey St-Essex St
Buses: B39, M103, M14A, M14D, M15, M15-SBS, M21, M22, M9


Derek Premo
Parent Coordinator
Taisha Perez

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the Seward Park Educational Campus with four other schools
Metal detectors?

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