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High School for Language and Diplomacy, The

Grades: 9-12
40 Irving Place
Manhattan NY 10003
Phone: 212-253-2480

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)



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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
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
68% 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

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.


Language Courses


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


Gramercy (District 2)
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


Sarah Hernandez
Parent Coordinator
Sasha Constanzo

Other Details

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

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