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What’s Special

The chance to earn up to two years' worth of college credit or career experience

The Downside

Some friction among the staff

City College Academy of the Arts (CCAA) offers students in grades 6 to 12 the chance to earn up to two years of college credit at the City College of New York (CCNY). Students who are not ready for college may get hands-on training in careers such as nursing, plumbing and cooking at Co-Op Tech, a vocational program.

Students may attend Broadway shows, such as Hamilton, as they study theater and poetry. Juilliard artists come to the school to  teach students to play string instruments and learn about art and music. Likewise, Carnegie Hall artists teach students about music and put on shows, according to the school’s yearly Comprehensive Educational Plan.

Students interested in science may also gain hands-on experience. For example, middle school students embarked on an overnight trip to Massachusetts to learn about ecology and wilderness survival for a weekend.

One downside: There appears to be some friction among the staff. Only about half the teachers said teachers trust one another, and barely half said the principal and assistant principal worked well together, according to the NYC School Survey.

On the other hand, nearly all the parents who responded to the survey said they trusted the principal. Attendance is high and nearly all students graduate on time.

Next to Fort Tyron Park in Washington Heights, the school takes up one and a half floors of the Salome Urena Educational Campus. High school students take classes at CCNY or the main campus of Co-op Tech.

The school is part of the Early College Initiative at the City University of New York (CUNY), designed to prepare students for college by exposing them to college-level academics starting in middle school. By the time students begin 9th grade, many have already made significant progress toward a Regents diploma and have flexible schedules that allow them to take more classes from CCNY. While 9th-graders start off taking only art at CCNY, some 12th-graders are programmed as full-time students at CCNY and complete their senior seminar class from the college.

Students who would rather pursue a career may study at Co-op Tech, a vocational program that provides training and connections to internships in areas such as nursing, culinary arts or automotive technology. The school helps some students get internships with their city councilman, at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital or at Isabella Geriatric Center, according to the school’s yearly plan.

The Children’s Aid Society offers weekly classes to parents on topics such as literacy, nutrition, technology and college readiness.

Starting in the sixth grade, all students take trips to CCNY and other CUNY schools; 8th-graders take part in a “Bridge to College” seminar and have the opportunity to visit JUMP Nation Weekend at SUNY Binghamton, where college students mentor middle schoolers and motivate them to pursue college, according to the Binghamton student engagement website.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school has team-taught classes, where two teachers work in the same classroom with both general education students and those needing special services. Nearly all students with IEPs graduate on time. 

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS: Most graduates attend CUNY and SUNY colleges, but some have been admitted to private universities such as Fordham, Stanford and Princeton, according to the yearly plan. (Isabel Corpus, web reports, May 2018)

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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe and well-run?

From the 2022-2023 NYC School Survey

How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
81% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
52% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
78% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
77% Citywide Average

From the 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
1% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2023 End-of-year Attendance and Chronic Absenteeism Report

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
79% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From the New York State 2022-2023 Assessment Database

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
42% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
51% Citywide Average

From the 2022-23 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
92% Citywide Average
How many students graduate in 4 years?
91% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From the 2022-23 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From the 2022-23 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
88% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
39% Citywide Average

From the 2020 School Directories

Uniforms required?

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2023 End-of-year Attendance and Chronic Absenteeism Report

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
85% Citywide Average

From the New York State 2022-2023 Assessment Database

How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
7% Citywide Average
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2024 High School Directory

City College Academy of the Arts (M06A)

Admissions Method: Screened


From the 2024 High School Directory

Language Courses

French, Italian, Latin, Spanish

Advanced Courses

Algebra II (Advanced Math), Algebra II (College Course [Credited]), AP English Language and Composition, AP Human Geography, Arts (College Course [Credited]), Biology (College Course [Credited]), Chemistry (Advanced Science), Comp Sci/Math Tech (College Course [Credited]), Econ/Gov (College Course [Credited]), ELA (College Course [Credited]), Global History (College Course [Credited]), Math (College Course [Credited]), Other (College Course [Credited]), Other (College Course [Uncredited]), Physics (Advanced Science), Science (College Course [Credited]), Social Studies (College Course [Credited]), US History (College Course [Credited]), World Languages (College Course [Credited])

Boys PSAL teams

Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Softball, Volleyball

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Contact & Location


4600 Broadway
Manhattan NY 10040

Trains: 1 Line to Dyckman St; A Line to 190th St

Buses: Bx7, BxM1, M100, M101, M3, M4, M98


Principal: Burnedette Drysdale

Parent Coordinator: Manuella Ceballos


Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the building with MS 322

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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