Innovation Diploma Plus

Grades: 9-12
145 West 84 Street
Manhattan NY 10024
Phone: 212-724-2039

Our Insights

What’s Special

Alternative school for older students

The Downside

Students face enormous challenges

A small school devoted to second chances, Innovation Diploma Plus is designed for students aged 16 to 20 who have been unsuccessful in traditional high schools.

The school has three trimesters a year, instead of two semesters. That means students can earn up to 18 credits a year instead of the usual 10 or 12, allowing them to catch up on their school work and graduate before they turn 21 and are no longer eligible for high school.

Innovation Diploma Plus offers paid internships through the Learning to Work program.

In addition to regular academic classes, some students produce videos, such as this one about gentrification and aggressive policing. 

Founded in 2009, Innovation shares the Louis K. Brandeis campus with several other small schools. [photo by Lydie Raschka]

Admissions: Innovation Diploma Plus has a rolling admissions, that is, it admits students throughout the year. Applicants must have attended another high school for at least one year, have passed at least one Regents exam and have minimum of 10 credits. Students must be interviewed. See the school’s website or call for more information. (Clara Hemphill, web reports, May 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 2019-20 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
79% Citywide Average

From 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

Transfer school graduation rate
52% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
48% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
41% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
66% Citywide Average

For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Contact & Location


Upper West Side (District 3)
Trains: 1 Line, B Line, C Line to 86th St; 2 Line, 3 Line to 96th St
Buses: M10, M104, M11, M5, M7, M79, M86-SBS


Daniel Storchan
Parent Coordinator
Jaimee Fischer

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the Louis D. Brandeis Educational Campus with four other schools
Metal detectors?

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