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New Design High School

Grades: 9-12
350 Grand Street
Manhattan NY 10002
Phone: 212-475-4148

Our Insights

What’s Special

Focus on design

The Downside

Poor attendance

New Design High School offers students a chance to explore fashion, furniture, construction and digital media through design. Founded in 2003, it is one of five small high schools housed in the Seward Park Educational Campus. 

Each year, students focus on a different theme and type of media. In 9th grade, they study identity through visual arts; in 10th grade, they explore community through fashion or construction; in 11th, three-dimensional perspectives drives the furniture design curriculum; and in 12th grade, students consider their future in digital media or in advanced fashion design. 

New Design does a good job helping children who enter high school performing below grade level graduate on time. The CEP (comprehensive educational plan) boasts the school is “on the verge of being an elite school in New York City serving under-served students,” and has one of the best on-time graduation rates of the many “Ed Opt” admissions schools.

The school has an ambitious plan to get more teens ready for college, according to the CEP. Basic reading and writing skills are a focus in lessons but so are research and debate. Tenth grade global history students wrote essays about the post-World War II partitions of Germany, Palestine and India citing examples from at least four sources, according to the Quality Review. Eleventh graders designed their own lessons to teach the concepts of circles in math. The teacher provided laptops, reference notes, model problems and vocabulary words, and assisted a child learning English by writing notes on his paper, according to the report.

Students meet weekly with adult mentors to discuss strategies for how to study and manage their time. They practice the “dump-and-clump” strategy, for instance, a way to study difficult information by grouping lists of words together, according to the Quality Review. Students lead their own parent-teacher conferences and are encouraged to help and tutor each other. 

Attendance and safety are improving. At the same time, children are suspended in greater numbers than at most city schools. The Quality Review says teachers receive workshops on dealing with trauma and conflict. Some children miss a month or more of school. In addition to a social worker and an attendance coordinator, five social work interns provide case management for students struggling with long-term absences. A new text messaging service helps staff stay in touch with families. 

Special Education: A parent told the visitor who conducted the Quality Review that her child has received a lot of support and because of that he is now an honors student. Most children with special needs graduate on time, at a rate far above the citywide average.

Admissions: Students are admitted according to the educational option formula designed to ensure a mix of low-. average- and high-achieving studenta. (Lydie Raschka, DOE data, November 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

New Design High School
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

The CDOS Commencement Credential is a certificate that is meant to show your readiness for entry-level jobs. It is possible to complete high school with a CDOS Commencement Credential only.


Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP World History: Modern, AP 2-D Art and Design, AP United States History, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science


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


Chinatown (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


Scott Conti
Parent Coordinator
Michael Casiano

Other Details

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

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