College Academy, The

Grades: 9-12
549 Audubon Avenue
Manhattan NY 10040
Phone: 212-927-1841

Our Insights

What’s Special

Large campus perks include a pool and sports teams

The Downside

Discipline and order are a work in progress

Housed in the George Washington High School complex, the College Academy offers a dual language Spanish program in addition to a regular high school curriculum. Students have access to the campus sports fields and swimming pool. The five schools in the building share other resources such as Advanced Placement classes. 

The College Academy has a long ways to go to live up to its name, however. Only a little more than half the students graduate on time and few are ready for college-level work. 

Principal Timothy Sigerson took the helm in 2017. Under his leadership, there are signs of positive change. The comprehensive educational plan says teachers in all classes are working to boost reading, writing and speaking skills. Most teachers are experienced and effective, according to school reports. Students get extra help after school and on Saturdays. 

The tone at the school still needs work. Roughly half the students miss a month or more of school. Teachers say discipline and order is poor. Some students complain of bullying. 

The campus has a well-kept track and football field. The school offers a range of theater and dance clubs. Students must pass through metal detectors. The school website has a video that allows a peek inside the school.

Admissions: Students are admitted according to the educational option formula designed to ensure a mix of low, average and high achieving students. (Lydie Raschka, web reports and DOE data, December 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 2019-20 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
79% Citywide Average

From 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2019-20 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 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
82% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
48% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
41% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
67% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
38% Citywide Average

From 2020 School Directories

This school offers Dual Language classes in Spanish.

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
66% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
68% Citywide Average

For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

College Access for All
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

The college preparatory program is an academically rigorous program that infuses a college-going culture throughout all aspects of high school life.

Dual Language Spanish
Admissions Method: Screened: Language
Program Description:

Dual Language programs are designed to integrate English Language Learners with English-proficient students to receive content instruction in English and a target language.

The College Academy ACES 15:1 Program
Admissions Method: ASD/ACES Program


Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Psychology, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP Drawing, AP United States History, AP Calculus AB, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Biology, AP English Literature and Composition, AP English Language and Composition, AP Spanish Literature and Culture


Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Football, Soccer, Swimming, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Flag Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Volleyball

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

Contact & Location


Washington Heights (District 6)
Trains: 1 Line to 191st St; A Line to 190th St
Buses: Bx18, Bx40, Bx42, Bx7, BxM1, M100, M101, M3, M4, M98


Timothy Sigerson
Parent Coordinator
Renzo Aliaga

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the George Washington Educational Campus with four other schools
Metal detectors?

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