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What’s Special

Hands-on training for fashion-related careers

The Downside

The school's size is a strength but it may overwhelm some

Founded in 1926, the High School for Fashion Industries prepares students for fashion careers ranging from the business of fashion to design. The school has come a long way since its founding mission of preparing garment factory workers. Today, students have access to a broad range of academic and career-focused classes. Most students graduate on-time and are prepared for college as well as jobs in the fashion industry.

Academics & Instruction:  In 9th grade, teachers use the Writing Revolution, a structured approach that is especially helpful for struggling writers. Teachers in all academic subjects use the same vocabulary and techniques in their classes, whether it’s a math teacher discussing how students should explain their approach to solving a problem or a history teacher critiquing an essay.

The school’s dual focus on academics and fashion careers means students juggle a lot. To minimize stress, the school has adopted a compassionate grading policy. Students may resubmit work after receiving feedback from the teacher so they can learn from their mistakes and try for a higher grade. Every two weeks all classes hold a “no new work day” so students may catch up on their assignments, review material, or tackle challenging enrichment activities.

Advanced and college level courses are open to students ready for the challenge. In addition to in-person tutoring for students, the school uses an online program for students needing extra help in algebra and geometry.

Culture & Environment:  Teachers take care to pronounce students’ names correctly and address them by their correct pronouns. Every 9th-grader takes a class to help them adjust to high school where they get support from upper grade student mentors.

Each grade has a wellness team comprised of at least two guidance counselors, a social worker and an attendance teacher who keep tabs on students’ social and academic needs.

The school holds celebrations in honor of Black History, Women’s History and Hispanic and Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Months. Students may participate in Asian Culture, Black and Latina Empowerment, Black Student Union, Intersectional Feminist, Muslim Students Association and Rainbow Project clubs.

Nearly 90 percent of the students are female.

Themes & Programs:  Fashion Industries offers programs in three key areas: fashion, visual and digital art, and business. Within each area, students choose a path to major in: fashion design, photography, visual and digital art, fashion marketing and management, visual presentation and design, or web and software development.

The school has an advisory board of fashion industry professionals who help students network and secure internships and jobs.

Special Education & English as a New Language (ENL):  The school offers ENL classes for students learning English, and after school support. Students with disabilities are served in small special needs classes and ICT (integrated co-teaching) classes staffed by two teachers—one specializing in the subject and the other in special education—alongside on-site psychologists and social workers.

Building & Facilities:  The school is housed in a 10-story building, which can be hectic to navigate. Students use elevators and stairs. All classrooms have high ceilings and air conditioning. There’s a state-of-the-art fashion design lab and a photography dark room. The 1600-seat auditorium has a fashion show runway. An on-site health clinic provides free medical, dental and mental health services.

College & Career:  Every 11th-grader takes a class focused on career planning and college admissions. Twelfth-graders take a class to complete their college and financial aid applications. Students may seek out individual support from the school’s college and career office. Some students secure jobs after graduation, but many attend college including arts schools such as Fashion Institute of Technology, Parsons and SCAD in Georgia. (Laura Zingmond, web reports and questionnaire, September 2023).

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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
91%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
77%
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
 
92%
Average daily attendance
 
84%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
55%
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 achieve the goals of their students' IEPs?
 
95%
From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

1606
Number of students
Citywide Average is 599

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
79%
Students with disabilities
 
20%
Multilingual learners
 
3%
From the 2022-23 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?
 
90%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
42%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
22%
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?
 
91%
12.1
Years of principal experience at this school
Citywide Average is 7
199
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
Citywide Average is 157

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity


How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
 
74%
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2021-22 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 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

 
3%

Computer Science

 
9%

Physics

 
4%

Advanced Foreign Language

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
9%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
13%

Music

Not offered in 2019-20
From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2021-22 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?
 
84%
How many students who have graduated from this high school stay in college for at least 3 semesters?
 
82%
From the 2020-21 and 2021-22 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
80%
From the 2022-23 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2024 High School Directory

Art, Photography, and Graphic Design (M68J)

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 (M68L)

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 (M68M)

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 (M68U)

Admissions Method: D75 Special Education Inclusive Services

Offerings

From the 2024 High School Directory

Advanced Courses

Algebra II (Advanced Math), AP Art History, AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Computer Science Principles, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Psychology, AP Studio Art - 2D, AP United States Government and Politics, AP United States History, Chemistry (Advanced Science), Physics (Advanced Science)

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

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Contact & Location

Location

225 West 24 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, M14D-SBS, M2, M20, M23-SBS, M3, M34-SBS, M34A-SBS, M5, M55, M7, Q32, SIM10, SIM1C, SIM23, SIM24, SIM3, SIM3C, X27, X28, X63, X64, X68


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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