A. Philip Randolph Campus High School

Grades: 9-12

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)

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?
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2019-20 NYC School Survey


Number of students
644 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 teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
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?
From the 2019-20 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
7 Citywide Average
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
157 Citywide Average
How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
Are teachers effective?
From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey, 2019-20 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 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

Not offered in 2019-20



Advanced Foreign Language


AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science


AP/IB Math or Science



From unpublished, anonymized data from the class of 2019-20 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 2019-20 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 2011-12 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
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 pltw.org.

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


From the 2021 High School Directory

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


443 West 135th Street
Manhattan NY 10031

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


Principal: David Fanning

Parent Coordinator: Diana Perez


Other Details

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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