Visual and performing arts
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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Faculty & Staff
Computer ScienceNot offered in 2019-20
PhysicsNot offered in 2019-20
Advanced Foreign LanguageNot offered in 2019-20
AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science
AP/IB Math or Science
MusicNot offered in 2019-20
Programs & AdmissionsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
Students enrolled in this program experience an education with an emphasis on skills and technologies that can lead to 21st century employment using digital design, computer aided drafting, website design, product design and careers yet to be discovered! Content increases in rigor as students progress through the years. Students keep a portfolio of work so that they may not only reflect on their learning but use these portfolios as evidence and discussion points at job and college interviews.
The Theater Arts are used as a conduit for self-confidence and self-awareness so that graduates can be engaging in both theaters and board rooms. A 4-year curriculum is offered where students can take 1-2 periods of theater daily. Students acquire skills used in theatre and performance as well as other career paths. Learners focus on directing, playwriting, musical theater, and technical design. An senior-year Exit Project is completed for all students so they may earn an arts endorsed diploma.
The Capstone Scholars program is a 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 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 a field of their choosing.
OfferingsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
Advanced Placement (AP) courses
AP Biology, AP World History: Modern, AP Psychology, AP Human Geography, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Calculus AB, AP Statistics, AP United States History
Boys PSAL teams
Baseball, Basketball, Handball, Soccer, Volleyball
Girls PSAL teams
Basketball, Softball, Volleyball
Contact & Location
40 Irving Place
Manhattan NY 10003
Trains: , , , , , , , to 14th St-Union Square
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This school shares the Washington Irving Educational Campus with five other schools
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