City College Academy of the Arts

Grades: 6-12
Staff Pick for Special Ed

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)

School Stats


How many students graduate in 4 years?
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
Average daily attendance
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
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 2020-21 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey


Number of students
611 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
8 Citywide Average
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
226 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, 2020-21 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



Computer Science




Advanced Foreign Language


AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science


AP/IB Math or Science



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 2020-21 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 2014 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

City College Academy of the Arts

Admissions Method: Screened


From the 2021 High School Directory

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

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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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