Art and Design High School

Grades: 9-12
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Our Insights

What’s Special

Strong commercial arts program; solid academics; well-equipped, modern building

The Downside

Limited foreign language instruction

Art and Design is a vibrant school that offers hands-on training in commercial arts including animation, architecture, cartooning, fashion, film, graphic design, illustration and photography. Students participate in internships in the industry and earn professional certifications in a range of skills. The school, which attracts students from across the city, offers extra support for struggling learners and advanced and college level courses for high achievers.

Founded in 1936, Art and Design counts many prominent figures among its alumni including Tony Bennett, Harvey Fierstein, Calvin Klein and Art Spielgelman. Many of its teachers are working artists and the school's industry partners and network of loyal alumni provide a steady stream of internships and employment opportunities for students and graduates.

Walk into any of the art classes and you'll see talented and engaged students in action. We observed fashion students designing their ready-to-wear lines inspired by different periods in history. Illustration students refined digital collages inspired by the Renaissance artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo. In a film class, students offered a scene-by-scene critique of a classmate's work.

Writing, oral presentations and technology are constants in all arts classes. Students craft artist statements and share their work and research with peers. The school's numerous computer labs are full each period with students crafting and editing work as well as converting their creations into digital form, an essential skill that artists need to market their work.

In academic classes there's a mix of teaching styles. Group work dominates in some, while teacher-directed lessons are the norm elsewhere. Regardless of the class structure, teachers build in time for student discussion and reflection.

English and history classes are scheduled back-to-back so teachers can coordinate lessons between the two subjects. For instance, while 11th-graders are reading 'The Crucible, in English--Arthur Miller's play about the Salem witch trials that's an allegory about McCarthyism--they're learning about McCarthyism in their United States history class.

Qualifying students may take courses at Hunter College and there's an assortment of Advanced Placement (AP) courses. For an arts-focused school, there's a nice range of science offerings. In addition to traditional Regents courses in earth science, living environment, chemistry and physics there are elective courses in forensics as well as several AP options.

Students may study Spanish or French for up to two years.  

Extra-curricular activities abound in the arts and other areas. In addition to sports teams, there are a range clubs. A student-run advertising agency design marketing campaigns for social justice and environmental-focused organizations. There’s also a film studies summer internship program at NYU. About 200 students qualify for National Honors Society.

Tutoring is offered after school and there's a mentoring program for students stuggling in their classes or with feeling comfortable at school. AP and SAT prep classes are offered on Saturdays.

Maximillian Re-Sugiura, a former assistant principal of High School for Environmental Studies became principal in August 2019 after Manuel Ureña left to become principal of Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis High School.

Art and Design is housed on six floors of a contemporary building in midtown Manhattan that it shares with PS 59. There's a myriad of well-equipped art studios and academic classrooms, an expansive gymnasium, a fitness room equipped with cardio and weight-training equipment, and a bright and airy cafeteria adorned with a stain glass mural designed by Art Spiegelman.

After graduation, some students get jobs, but many choose to attend art schools such as Cooper Union, Parsons, Pratt, Rhode Island School of Design as well as CUNY and SUNY schools and private institutions.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: There are ICT classes and SETSS.

ADMISSIONS: Open to students citywide. For admissions to all programs, students must audition and submit an art portfolio. Admissions decisions also take into account students' grades, test scores and record of lateness and attendance. (Laura Zingmond, October 2016; updated via interview, October 2019)

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
93%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
88%
Average daily attendance
 
93%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
17%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
 
87%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
 
89%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

1507
Number of students
644 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
55%
Students with disabilities
 
22%
Multilingual learners
 
1%
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?
 
12%
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?
 
86%
2.0
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
209
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?
 
76%
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2019-20 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

 
3%

Computer Science

Not offered in 2019-20

Physics

 
11%

Advanced Foreign Language

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
49%

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?
 
91%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
78%
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?
 
37%
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2011-12 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

Architectural Design

Admissions Method: Audition

Program Description:

Program includes study of structures, space, color, form, with a focus on hand drafting as well as software applications, architectural design, model making, sketching, and AutoCAD. Seniors complete city planning design project to address current zoning issues. Students visit museums and professional studios, design showrooms and hear from professionals. Student projects are critiqued and reviewed by industry partners in order to provide students with specific, relevant industry feedback.

Commercial Art and Design

Admissions Method: Audition

Program Description:

9th grade: Design Foundations 10th grade: Select CTE major from Cartooning, Fashion/Costume Design or Illustration. Technical assessments are required for CTE certification. Upper grade students can apply for AP courses in Illustration or Cartooning. All portfolios are evaluated by professionals. This program offers opportunities for internships. Museum visits, rotating student exhibitions, and visiting industry professionals are all included in this program.

Film/Video Production

Admissions Method: Audition

Program Description:

Our comprehensive, three-year, studio-based curriculum immerses students in the pre-production, production, and post-production process. Through hands-on filmmaking, students learn film theory, film analysis, scriptwriting, editing in Adobe Premiere Pro, and gain industry-based technical and theoretical knowledge. Students have access to state-of-the-art equipment, participate in contests and film festivals, and meet visiting artists and professionals.

Digital Arts

Admissions Method: Audition

Program Description:

9th grade: Design Foundations. 10th grade: select CTE major from Animation, Digital Photography and Graphic Design. Technical assessment required for CTE certification. Upper grade students can apply for AP courses in Graphic Design. All digital portfolios are evaluated by industry professionals. Opportunities to learn from industry professionals during in class presentations and workshops. Visits to various design studios. Opportunities for job shadowing, mentorship and internships.

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

French, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP United States History, AP Chemistry, AP Drawing, AP Biology, AP 2-D Art and Design, AP Calculus AB, AP World History: Modern

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Fencing, Handball, Soccer, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Soccer, Softball, Table Tennis, Volleyball

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

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location

Location

231-249 East 56th Street
Manhattan NY 10019

Trains: 4 Line, 5 Line, N Line, R Line, W Line to 59th St-Lexington Ave; 6 Line to 51st St; E Line, M Line to Lexington Ave-53rd St

Buses: BM1, BM2, BM3, BM4, BM5, BxM1, BxM10, BxM11, BxM18, BxM3, BxM4, BxM6, BxM7, BxM8, BxM9, M1, M101, M102, M103, M15, M15-SBS, M2, M3, M31, M4, M5, M50, M57, Q101, Q32, Q60, QM1, QM10, QM12, QM15, QM16, QM17, QM18, QM2, QM20, QM21, QM24, QM3, QM31, QM32, QM34, QM35, QM36, QM4, QM40, QM42, QM44, QM5, QM6, X10, X10B, X12, X14, X17, X17J, X2, X22, X22A, X27, X28, X30, X31, X37, X38, X42, X5, X63, X64, X68


Contact

Principal: Maximillian Re Sugiura

Parent Coordinator: Janeen Johnson

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Midtown East Campus with one other school

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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