The High School of Fashion Industries

Grades 9-12
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What’s Special

Hands-on training for fashion-related careers

The Downside

Larger-than-average class sizes, slow elevators in ten-floor building

Our Review

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 sizenot 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 boys 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 feelwith teachers leading classes from the front of the room. In recent years Fashion Industries has expanded academic offerings, and students now 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 year-long 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 ("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. The rest go to CUNY and SUNY schools.

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 Danielle Silva. (Ella Colley, October 2015)

About the students

Enrollment
1671
Asian
6.2%
Black
36.5%
Hispanic
51.5%
White
4.3%
Other
1.6%
Free or reduced priced lunch
82%
Students with disabilities
16%
English language learners
3%
Male
6%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
Yes
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
85%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
93%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
25%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
97%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
37%
37% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
86%
85% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
56%
57% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
5.8
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
95%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
99%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
91%
80% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
74%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
99%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
95%
86% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 12 dedicated spaces for Theater, Visual arts, and Media arts
This school has 6 licensed arts teacher in Music

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
89%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
54%
54% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
86%
71% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
95%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
19%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
3%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
48%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
81%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
82%
63% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
90%
65% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
78%
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
83%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
87%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
89%
90% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
83%
60% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Art Illustration and Graphic Design
Admissions Method: Audition
Program Description

Art and design related fields including: Beginner & Advanced Illustration, Painting, and Design, Beginner & Advanced Computer Graphics, Photography, and Portfolio Development.

Fashion Design and Related Fields
Admissions Method: Audition
Program Description

Fashion Design, Garment Construction, and design related fields including: Beginner & Advanced Fashion Illustration, Beginner & Advanced Garment Construction, Draping, Pattern Making, and Portfolio Development.

Business Marketing and Visual Merchandising
Admissions Method: Audition
Program Description

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.

Academics

Language Courses

French, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Computer Science, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Spanish, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP U.S. 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

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Location

225 West 24th Street
Manhattan NY 10011
Chelsea (District 2)
Trains: 1, C, E, F, M to 23rd St; 2, 3 to 34th St - Penn Station; A, L to 14th St-8th Ave; B, D, Q to 34th St-Herald Square; N, R to 28th St
Buses: BM1, BM2, BM3, BM4, BxM11, BxM18, BxM2, BxM3, BxM4, M1, M11, M12, M14A, M14D, M2, M20, M23, M3, M34A-SBS, M34-SBS, M4, M5, M7, Q32, X1, X10, X10B, X12, X14, X17, X17J, X22, X22A, X27, X28, X31, X42, X63, X64, X68, X7, X9

Contact

Phone
212-255-1235
Principal
Daryl Blank
Parent Coordinator
Danielle Silva

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