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The High School of Fashion Industries

Grades: 9-12
Staff Pick
225 West 24th Street
Manhattan NY 10011
Phone: 212-255-1235

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)

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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?
87%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
88%
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
36%
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
93%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
91%
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
1%
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?
87%
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
8.9

How do students perform academically?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
89%
82% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
71%
48% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
83%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
89%
67% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
1577
Asian
5%
Black
31%
Hispanic
56%
White
5%
Other
2%
Free or reduced priced lunch
81%
Students with disabilities
17%
English language learners
3%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
90%
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
31%
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?
63%
66% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
77%
68% Citywide Average


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Programs & Admissions

From the 2020 High School Directory

Art, Photography, and Graphic Design
Admissions Method: Audition
Requirements:
  • Attendance
  • Punctuality
  • Course Grades: English (65-100), Math (62-100), Science (65-100), Social Studies (63-100)
  • Audition - Go to https://www.myschools.nyc/en/help/high-school/audition-dates/ for information and dates
  • Audition with common components
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 Related Fields
Admissions Method: Audition
Requirements:
  • Attendance
  • Punctuality
  • Course Grades: English (65-100), Math (64-100), Science (65-100), Social Studies (65-100)
  • Audition - Go to https://www.myschools.nyc/en/help/high-school/audition-dates/ for information and dates
  • Audition with common components
Program Description:

This program is a comprehensive course of study where students are offered hands-on instruction in the process, skills, and language of Fashion Design 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, and Portfolio Development. Students will be able to produce a college admission portfolio.

Business Marketing and Visual Merchandising
Admissions Method: Audition
Requirements:
  • Attendance
  • Punctuality
  • Course Grades: English (68-100), Math (65-100), Science (68-100), Social Studies (67-100)
  • Audition - Go to https://www.myschools.nyc/en/help/high-school/audition-dates/ for information and dates
  • Audition with common components
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

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

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

Sports

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

Chelsea (District 2)
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

Other Details

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?
No

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