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Gramercy Arts High School

Grades: 9-12
40 Irving Place
Manhattan NY 10003
Phone: 212-253-7076
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Our Insights

What’s Special

Visual and performing arts

The Downside

Concerns about discipline and order

On the seventh floor of the Washington Irving Educational Campus, Gramercy Arts High School offers a four-year studio arts major, in Visual or Performing Arts, and a screened humanities and arts program for students who want to earn college credits.

The school day runs from 8:20 to 3:30 to accommodate the arts. Each studio has at least one residency each semester. For Visual Arts, residencies are in partnership with The New Museum, School of Visual Arts and Fashion Institute of Technology. Performing Arts students works with New York Theatre Workshop, Manhattan Theatre Club and the Vineyard Theatre.

After school, children work on performances or may join the dance club, Model United Nations, chess club, yoga club, sisters who code, anime or yearbook.

The school has a newspaper, The New Gramercy Times, with articles titled “Trump vs. Twitter” and “Transphobia,” as well as music and theater reviews.

The city’s 2017 Quality Review praised the school for its inclusive environment; it has a gay-straight alliance, and kids study African American artists like August Wilson and Alvin Ailey. Families and students enjoy field day, career day, talent shows, dances and potlucks.

The school also faces challenges. On school surveys more than half the students report that they do not feel challenged. This is the area in need of most improvement on the Quality Review. 

Susan DiCicco, formerly the assistant principal of social studies and language at LaGuardia High School, became principal in 2014. School surveys also show friction between her and the teachers; fewer than half the teachers think the principal is an effective manager. About two-thirds of the teachers do not think discipline and order are maintained at school.

Gramercy Arts shares the building with Academy for Software Engineering, Success Academy Union Square Charter, International High School at Union Square, The High School for Language and Diplomacy and Union Square Academy for Health Sciences

ADMISSIONS: The arts program requires a portfolio of 8 to 15 pieces of original work and on-site drawing. Students interested in theater must perform two prepared monologues and do an on-site reading or improvisation. Capstone Scholars is based on grades, test scores, attendance and an in-school assessment. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, April 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 2017-18 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
55%
77% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
82%
85% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
30%
36% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
67%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
59%
81% Citywide Average

From 2016-17 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2%
3% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
60%
75% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
4.0

How do students perform academically?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
80%
80% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
48%
45% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
25%
39% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
65%
67% Citywide Average

From 2017 NY State Graduation Outcomes

How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
3%
13% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
468
Asian
4%
Black
34%
Hispanic
50%
White
6%
Other
6%
Free or reduced priced lunch
79%
Students with disabilities
17%
English language learners
2%

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
87%
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
38%
38% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
70%
64% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
71%
68% Citywide Average


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

Programs & Admissions

Fine & Visual Arts
Admissions Method: Audition
Requirements:
  • Course Grades: Average (68-100)
  • Standardized Test Scores: Average (1.9-4.5)
  • Attendance and Punctuality
  • Audition
Program Description:

Studio drawing and painting, mixed-media arts, photography, art history, internships at NYC galleries.

Performing Arts
Admissions Method: Audition
Requirements:
  • Course Grades: Average (69-100)
  • Standardized Test Scores: Average (1.9-4.5)
  • Attendance and Punctuality
  • Audition
Program Description:

Includes drama, technical theater, and NYC internships in theaters.

Capstone Scholars
Admissions Method: Screened
Requirements:
  • Course Grades: English, Math, Science, Social Studies
  • Standardized Test Scores: English Language Arts, Math
  • Attendance and Punctuality
  • Math Exercise (on-site)
Program Description:

College readiness program that exposes students to AP Courses throughout their four-year high school tenure. Students select courses in English, History, Math, and Science, and complete AP exams to earn between 15-30 college credits. Scholars will complete a four-year study of Theater to earn their Arts Endorsed Diploma and an Advanced Regents Diploma. In the 12th grade, students have the opportunity to apply for a 'capstone' or internship in the Arts Field.

Academics

Language Courses

Italian

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP Psychology, AP Statistics, AP U.S. History, AP World History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Handball, Soccer, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Softball, Volleyball

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

Contact & Location

Location

Gramercy (District 2)
Trains: 1 Line to 18th St; 2 Line, 3 Line, F Line, M Line to 14th St-7th/6th Ave; 4 Line, 5 Line, 6 Line, L Line, N Line, Q Line, R Line, W Line to 14th St-Union Square
Buses: M1, M101, M102, M103, M14A, M14D, M15, M15-SBS, M2, M23-SBS, M3, M34-SBS, M34A-SBS, M55, M8, M9

Contact

Principal
Susan Dicicco
Parent Coordinator
Belgica Ruiz

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Washington Irving Educational Campus with five other schools
Metal detectors?
Yes

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