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City College Academy of the Arts

Grades: 6-12
Staff Pick for Special Ed
4600 Broadway
Manhattan NY 10040
Phone: 212-567-3164

Our Insights

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. 

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, priority is given to continuing 8th-graders, but limited seats are available to new students and admissions are screened. Attendance, punctuality, course grades and standardized test scores are all taken into account. (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

Is this school safe and well-run?

From 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
84% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
44% 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?
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
3% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2018-19 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 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
40% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
47% Citywide Average

From 2021 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
City College Academy of the Arts, Inwood Early College for Health and Information Technologies, and Eagle Academy for Young Men of Harlem
Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
English,US History,Algebra I,Algebra II,Living Environment,Physics

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
51% Citywide Average
How many students graduate in 4 years?
87% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
64% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
55% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
77% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2019-20 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
20% Citywide Average

From 2020 School Directories

Uniforms required?

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
14% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
17% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
10% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
5% Citywide Average

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Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

City College Academy of the Arts
Admissions Method: Screened


Language Courses

Arabic, French, Hebrew, Italian, Mandarin, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Human Geography, AP Computer Science A, AP Computer Science Principles, AP English Language and Composition


Boys PSAL teams

Basketball, Soccer

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Softball, Volleyball

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools
NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location


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


Burnedette Drysdale
Parent Coordinator
Manuella Ceballos

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the building with MS 322
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?

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