High School for Contemporary Arts

Grades: 9-12
800 East Gun Hill Road
Bronx NY 10467
Phone: 718-944-5610

Our Insights

What’s Special

Performing and Visual Arts Programs

The Downside

Poor college readiness

The High School for Contemporary Arts (HSCA) is a small school housed in the Evander Childs Educational Campus with separate programs for performing arts and visual arts. The performing arts program emphasizes creative writing but also offers courses in dance, stage and film, and music. The visual arts program has technology and design coursework, along with traditional fine arts.


Students at HSCA may complete in internships at museums, universities or art firms. They may also receive college credit through the school’s CUNY College Now partnership with Lehman College and Hostos Community College. The school also offers iLearnNYC courses online.  


Students generally agree that the school environment is inclusive and safe. Teachers are generally happy with school leadership and would recommend the school to families, according to results of the NYC School Survey. Attendance at the school has also improved in recent years. However, many students enter the school with weak academic skills, and not many students are prepared for college when they graduate.


Students may take part in the many sports teams on the Evander Childs campus, and share facilities like the library, gym and cafeteria with other schools in the building.  

Admissions:  Educational option. The school seeks a range of low-, middle- and high-performing students.In recent years, the school has had room for every student that wants to attend. (Melanie Quiroz, web reports and DOE data, November 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

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

Arts Lab Studio Creative Writing & Performing Arts
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

An intensive, collaborative, and interactive program emphasizing creative writing, dance, acting (stage and film), and music (vocal and keyboard).

Arts Lab-Studio II Visual, Audio & Media Arts
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

An intensive, collaborative, and interactive program with an emphasis on fine arts, multi-media, and computer graphic/animation design.


Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP English Language and Composition, AP 2-D Art and Design


Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Swimming

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Cross Country, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Softball, Swimming, Volleyball

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

Contact & Location


Williamsbridge (District 11)
Trains: 2 Line, 5 Line to Gun Hill Rd
Buses: Bx28, Bx30, Bx38, Bx39, Bx41, Bx41-SBS, Bx8, BxM11


Pedro Cubero
Parent Coordinator
Chelsea Acevedo

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the Evander Childs Educational Campus with five other schools
Metal detectors?

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