The High School For Language And Diplomacy

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

Chance to study French, Mandarin, Arabic and German

The Downside

Poor attendance, high rates teacher turnover

The High School of Language and Diplomacy is designed to give students the chance to study four years of Chinese or French and a smattering of Arabic and German. They may also take part in activities such as Model UN. However, the school has struggled with poor attendance, low levels of academic performance, and rapid staff turnover.

One student commented on InsideSchools that the small school is a “community” with a “kind and understanding” staff. But another student said the security guards are “rude” and the teachers are “fresh out of college.”

The High School for Language and Diplomacy, housed on the sixth floor of the cavernous Washington Irving High School building, was opened in 2009 as a partnership between the city Department of Education and the Asia Society, which sponsored a network of high schools to foster international relations.

ADMISSIONS: Educational option formula designed to ensure a mix of students of different abilities. In recent years, the school has not filled its seats. (Clara Hemphill, June 2018)

 

 

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
80%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
58%
Average daily attendance
 
73%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
60%
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

212
Number of students
624 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
74%
Students with disabilities
 
19%
Multilingual learners
 
9%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
5%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
91%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
22%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
12%
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

School
Citywide
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
 
38%
5.6
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
137
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
157 Citywide Average

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity


How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
 
94%
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2020-21 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 NY State Report Card, 2021 Guidance Counselor Report and this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Advanced Courses

Which students have access to advanced courses at this school? Learn more

Calculus

 
14%

Computer Science

Not offered in 2019-20

Physics

Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

 
10%

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
33%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
13%

Music

Not offered in 2019-20
From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2019-20 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

School
Citywide
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
 
54%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
60%
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
47%
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
How many graduates of this school received Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) funding to attend a NYS college?
 
44%
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2014 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

High School for Language and Diplomacy

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

Through a challenging academic program that provides opportunities for public service and global awareness, our students learn the craft of international diplomacy while developing their technological and communication skills. Students also have the opportunity to achieve proficiency in Mandarin through an intensive, engaging program designed for students of all levels, including those who have never studied the language before.

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

Mandarin

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP Chinese Language and Culture

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Handball, Soccer, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Softball, Volleyball

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location

Location

40 Irving Place
Manhattan NY 10003

Trains: 4 Line, 5 Line, 6 Line, L Line, N Line, Q Line, R Line, W Line to 14th St-Union Square

Buses: BM1, BM2, BM3, BM4, BxM10, BxM6, BxM7, BxM8, BxM9, M1, M101, M102, M103, M14A, M14D, M15, M15-SBS, M2, M23-SBS, M3, M34-SBS, M34A-SBS, M55, M8, M9, QM21, X1, X10, X10B, X12, X14, X17, X2, X27, X28, X37, X38, X42, X5, X63, X64, X68, X7, X9


Contact

Principal: Sarah Hernandez

Parent Coordinator: Sasha Constanzo

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Washington Irving Educational Campus with five other schools

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes

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