Innovation Diploma Plus

Grades: 9-12

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)



School Stats


Transfer school graduation rate
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey


Number of students
644 Citywide Average


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

How many students were suspended?
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
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?
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


Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science

Not offered in 2019-20


Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science


AP/IB Math or Science

Not offered in 2019-20


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

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
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?
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
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Contact & Location


145 West 84 Street
Manhattan NY 10024

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


Principal: Daniel Storchan

Parent Coordinator: Jaimee Fischer


Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Louis D. Brandeis Educational Campus with four other schools

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes

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