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The High School of Fashion Industries

Grades: 9-12
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Our Insights

What’s Special

Hands-on training for fashion-related careers

The Downside

Large class size, elevators in ten-floor building

The High School for Fashion Industries prepares students from all over New York for fashion careers ranging from business to design. It's a great fit for hands-on learners who want opportunities that extend beyond the classroom.

Founded in 1926, Fashion Industries is older and larger than many other CTE (Career and Technical Education) schools. Principal Daryl Blank, who has led the school since 2010, says the school is a perfect size; not so big that students get lost, but not too small to offer a range of electives and activities to keep them engaged.

Students we talked to on our visit said they have great relationships with their teachers, and enjoy internships, the fashion show and networking opportunities. The ratio of girls to boys at the school is 10 to one. Girls say they like this because it's less of a distraction from their studies. There is a boy's club to support the males at the school.

For the CTE diploma, students major in fashion design, graphic design and illustration, marketing or visual merchandising. An advisory board of fashion industry representatives is tasked with ensuring these majors align with industry standards. Classes in these majors include digital patternmaking, foundations of art, photography, business law, entrepreneurship and window design. Students start with one CTE class each semester in freshman year, and increase to three per semester for junior and senior year.

Most academic classes we saw had a traditional feel, with teachers leading classes from the front of the room. In recent years Fashion Industries has expanded academic offerings, and students take four years of math and science, with the option to take AP (Advanced Placement) calculus and biology. ELA (English language arts) follows the EngageNY Common Core curriculum. This curriculum focuses on short and nonfiction texts, but teachers at Fashion Industries try to supplement with novels and full texts. For example, juniors read "Macbeth" and seniors read Alice Walker's The Color Purple.

The school has consistently graduated more than 90 percent of students, but this number hasn't always translated into success in college. To address this, Fashion students now take a college access class starting in junior year. Trained peer mentors and a college counselor are available to assist with applications. Alumni are hired to work with students between graduation and starting college. "I've learned that you can't rely on students getting preparation for college done at home," said Principal Blank.

Another initiative designed to boost academic achievement is the VTOD ("Vocabulary Term of the Day"). Blank uses the VTOD (it was the word "reciprocal" on the day of our visit) as he greets students every morning, and reads its formal definition during morning announcements. Students affectionately call Blank the "VTOD Master" and created a graphic with it written on his forehead. "It gives me a lot of street cred I think," he said.

Around one-third of Fashion Industries' students continue a fashion major at schools such as Fashion Institute of Technology, Parsons and SCAD in Georgia. Others go to CUNY and SUNY schools, and a few have been accepted to private schools such as Bucknell, Ithaca, Brandeis or Columbia.

A downside: It's hectic in the morning getting upstairs in the 10-story building but the school has made sure the elevators are working well in response to student feedback so teens are less stressed in the morning, said assistant principal Danielle Silva by phone.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: For students with IEPs (individualized education programs), Fashion Industries offers ICT (integrated co-teaching) classes and SETSS (special education teacher support services). Special education teachers work closely with each academic department to ensure that their knowledge of a subject is strong.

ADMISSIONS: Students must submit a portfolio and take an entrance exam. Each year Fashion Industries admits approximately 300 students into the fashion major, and 100 into both the graphic design and business programs. For questions, contact Assistant Principal/parent coordinator Danielle Silva. (Ella Colley, October 2015; update via interview, February 2018)

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
95%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
88%
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
 
92%
Average daily attendance
 
77%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
67%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
 
92%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
 
95%
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

1705
Number of students
624 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
79%
Students with disabilities
 
21%
Multilingual learners
 
4%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
0%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
95%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
18%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
7%
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?
 
93%
11.0
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
199
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?
 
87%
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

 
4%

Computer Science

 
10%

Physics

 
2%

Advanced Foreign Language

 
4%

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
22%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
9%

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?
 
84%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
93%
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
85%
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?
 
54%
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

Art, Photography, and Graphic Design

Admissions Method: Audition

Program Description:

This program exposes students to computer graphics, painting, digital and black and white photography, illustration, graphic design and video production. Students are prepared for internships and the skills needed for completing a college admissions portfolio. There is a photography lab on school premises. Students collaborate with professional artists, exhibit their work at museums and attend workshops at FIT, Parsons, Copper Union, PRATT, School of Visual Arts, and New York City Tech.

Fashion Design and Accessories

Admissions Method: Audition

Program Description:

A comprehensive course of study where students are offered hands-on instruction in the process, skills, and language of Fashion Design and Accessories from concept through production. Students collaborate with industry partners who help guide them. Classes in the program include Beginner & Advanced Fashion Illustration, Beginner & Advanced Garment Construction, Draping, Pattern Making, Accessories Design & Portfolio Development. Students will be able to produce a college admission portfolio.

Business Marketing and Visual Merchandising

Admissions Method: Audition

Program Description:

This program is designed to develop student skills in visual display, store planning and marketing. Classes include: Introduction to Business Marketing, Introduction to Visual Merchandising, Beginner & Advanced Computer Applications, Business Law, Business Marketing Tools, Techniques, & Lab, Window Display and Exhibition Design, Fashion Buying & Marketing, and Entrepreneurship.

The High School of Fashion Industries D75 Inclusion Program

Admissions Method: D75 Special Education Inclusive Services

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Computer Science Principles, AP Calculus AB, AP Psychology, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP United States History, AP Art History, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Biology, AP English Literature and Composition, AP 2-D Art and Design

Boys PSAL teams

Badminton, Basketball, Bowling, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Badminton, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball, Wrestling

Coed PSAL teams

Stunt

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

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location

Location

225 West 24th Street
Manhattan NY 10011

Trains: 1 Line to 28th St; 2 Line, 3 Line to 34th St; A Line, L Line to 14th St; C Line, E Line to 23rd St

Buses: BM1, BM2, BM3, BM4, BxM11, BxM18, BxM2, BxM3, BxM4, M1, M11, M12, M14A, M14D, M2, M20, M23-SBS, M3, M34-SBS, M34A-SBS, M4, M5, M55, M7, Q32, X1, X10, X10B, X12, X14, X17, X17J, X22, X22A, X27, X28, X31, X42, X63, X64, X68, X7, X9


Contact

Principal: Daryl Blank

Parent Coordinator: Danielle Silva

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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