City College Academy of the Arts

Grades 6-12
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What’s Special

The chance to earn up to two years worth of college credit.

The Downside

Limited space in the building, which is shared with other schools.

Our Review

A traditional school with an accelerated curriculum, City College Academy of the Arts (CCAA) offers students in grades 6 to 12 a supportive environment and the chance to earn two years of college credit at the City College of New York (CCNY.)

Founding principal Bernadette Drysdale patterned the school on those she attended as a child in Jamaica, with small classes, clear expectations and close relationships between adults and children. On our visit Drysdale seemed to know every child by name. One gave her a hug, another gave her a paper airplane as a gift. Her personal connection with the students reflects the school's friendly atmosphere.

Next to Fort Tyron Park in Washington Heights, the school shares a building with IS 218 and IS 322. CCAA occupies the fourth floor and half the second floor of the building. The set-up is a bit awkward, but the kids didnt seem to mind, and class changes were smooth.

The school is part of the Early College Initiative at the City University of New York (CUNY), which is designed to better prepare students for college by exposing them to higher-level academics starting in middle school. CCAA students take courses at CCNY, 60 blocks to the south. In the 9th grade, they take most of their classes at their high school but take art at CCNY. By senior year, they take all their classes at CCNY. One 10th grader told us he took trigonometry, drawing, and photography at CCNY. Ten students in CCAAs first senior class earned 70 college creditsmore than two yearsworth.

CCAA offers five arts classes each week, and students can also participate in an afterschool arts club. While the school is named for its focus on the arts, it was the emphasis on reading and writing that came across during our visit. Every teacher teaches reading, said Nancy Byrne, who is both a reading specialist and a certified math teacher.

College admissions: The school has a well-staffed college office. Students are encouraged to visit colleges as early as 6th grade. Its never too early to talk about college, college counselor Rosanna Almanzar said. Most graduates attend CUNY and SUNY colleges, but one was admitted to Fordham and one to Penn State. One graduate won a POSSE scholarship to attend University of Wisconsin.

Special education: CCAA has team-taught classes, where two teachers work in the same classroom with both general education students and those needing special services. The school also has three certified reading specialists to help those students who need extra help with their reading skills.

Admissions: Selection is by a lottery open to all students in District 6. For middle school, preference is given to students who attend an open house. For high school, limited seats are available to new students, and admissions are screened. (Pauline Zaldonis, October 2012)

About the students

Enrollment
598
Asian
0.5%
Black
3.5%
Hispanic
93.1%
White
2.5%
Other
0.3%
Free or reduced priced lunch
76%
Students with disabilities
15%
English language learners
5%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with IS 218 and MS 322
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
102%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
93%
90% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
24%
27% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
67%
75% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
31%
45% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
90%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
64%
49% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
11.0
5.8 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
67%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
76%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
71%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
85%
70% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
71%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
76%
84% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Test scores

How many students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
30%
29% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
47%
38% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 4 dedicated spaces for Dance, Music, and Visual arts
This school has 2 licensed arts teacher in Music

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
56%
68% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
58%
56% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
57%
69% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
English, Spanish, Global History, US History, Algebra I, Geometry, Living Environment
How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
87%
38% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
93%
87% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
City College Academy of the Arts
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
99%
83% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
19%
13% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
0%
4% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
68%
38% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
94%
48% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
90%
71% 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 score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
5%
3% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
49%
43% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
Average math score for self-contained students
2.1
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.33
2.2 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
76%
67% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
85%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
87%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
91%
89% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
100%
67% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

City College Academy of the Arts
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description

Academics

Language Courses

Arabic, French, Hebrew, Portuguese, Spanish

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Basketball, Soccer

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Softball, Volleyball

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Location

4600 Broadway
Manhattan NY 10040
Inwood (District 6)
Trains: 1 to Dyckman St; A to 190th St
Buses: Bx7, BxM1, M100, M101, M3, M4, M98

Contact

Phone
212-567-3164
Principal
Burnedette Drysdale
Parent Coordinator
Manuella Ceballos