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A. Philip Randolph Campus High School

Grades: 9-12
443 West 135th Street
Manhattan NY 10031
Phone: 212-690-6800

Our Insights

What’s Special

Programs in humanities, medicine and engineering; Spanish-English dual-language instruction

The Downside

Poor attendance, low graduation rates for students with disabilities and English language learners

A. Philip Randolph is a midsize school housed in a gothic-style 1942 building known for its high ceilings and natural light. There are some "amazing teachers with engaging classes" and "great opportunties" but also many "kids skipping class, security guards yelling at the children" and some "disrespectful teachers," a student wrote on the InsideSchools website.

The school has programs in humanities, engineering and medicine that offer advanced courses and classes tailored to the programs' themes, such as Dystopian Novels, Introduction to Health Careers, and Science Research. Students can also take free college classes at the City College of New York, the Borough of Manhattan Community College or Touro College, as well as join programs like the Gateway Pre-Medical Honors Society, where A. Philip Randolph students are tutored and mentored by CUNY School of Medicine students.

There is a dual-language program (Spanish and English) where students study subjects such as history, science and math in both Spanish and English.   

According to the Quality Review, teacher effectiveness could be more developed. While the overall graduation rate runs close to the citywide average, the graduation rates for students with disabilities and English language learners run far below the citywide average. Attendance is well below the citywide average.

Students enjoy many extracurricular activities, such as National Society for Black Engineers, student government, and a range of clubs and PSAL sports teams.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: A. Philip Randolph has ICT (integrated co-teaching) and self-contained class settings.

ADMISSIONS: Open to New York City students. The Academic Professions program admits students according to the educational option formula, which is designed to accept a mix of low-, average- and high-achieving students. The academies of humanities, medicine and engineering admit students based on review of their grades, test scores, and records of attendance and lateness. The dual-language program screens for language fluency to ensure a balance of English language learners (Spanish-dominant speakers) and English-proficient students. (Katharine Safter, 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?
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 2017-18 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 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 2018-19 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 2019-20 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2018-19 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 2018-19 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

Academic Professions
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

Liberal arts curriculum. Electives are offered in all subject areas, including technology.

The Academy of the Humanities
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description:

This academy offers students the opportunity to explore the liberal arts as they prepare for entry to a competitive college or university. Students take courses such as Introduction to the Humanities, Multicultural Studies, The Language of Argument, Reading and Writing New York, Dystopian Novels, AP US History, AP English Composition, and AP English Literature.

The Academy of Engineering
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description:

This academy offers students the opportunity to explore careers in Engineering. Students take courses as part of the national Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curriculum which is taught at America's top secondary schools for engineering. More information about the PLTW program can be found at

The Academy of Medicine
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description:

This academy allows students to explore careers in the health professions. Students take courses such as Introduction to Health Careers, Anatomy and Physiology, Sports Medicine, and Science Research. Students may also apply to the prestigious Gateway to Medicine honors program through CCNY which offers exclusive college prep and internship experiences. Students in the Gateway program are also offered enrichment opportunities with the Sophie Davis School of Medicine within CCNY.

Dual Language Spanish Program
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. This program is open to all students regardless of interest area.

A. Philip Randolph Campus High School ACES 15:1 Program
Admissions Method: ASD/ACES Program


Language Courses

French, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Calculus AB, AP Biology, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP United States History


Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Football, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Swimming, Volleyball, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

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

Contact & Location


Harlem (District 6)
Trains: 1 Line to 137th St-City College; B Line, C Line to 135th St
Buses: Bx15, Bx19, Bx33, M10, M100, M101, M104, M11, M2, M3, M4, M5


David Fanning
Parent Coordinator
Diana Perez

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?

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