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High School for Arts and Business

Grades: 9-12
Staff Pick Staff Pick for Special Ed

Our Insights

What’s Special

Strong record of achievement; nice selection of Advanced Placement, arts and business classes.

The Downside

No outdoor facilities

High School for Arts and Business (Arts & Business) is a medium-size school that offers some large school perks. Students can study commercial or fine arts, take courses in business management, participate in PSAL sports and after school clubs and choose from a nice selection of Advanced Placement (AP) and elective classes. Founded in 1997 to help alleviate overcrowding at Newtown High School, Arts & Business attracts students from across Queens.

What Arts & Business does best is ensure that all students enjoy opportunities beyond core academics. Starting in 9th grade students pursue concentrations in either arts or business. Art offerings include painting, drawing, photography, design and graphic design. In the Virtual Enterprise program, students take classes in computer applications and business management, and spend their senior year running a mock corporation. Students can also take classes in dance, instrumental music, music theory and can participate in chorus or one of the school's bands.

The school has a lot of strengths. It gets high marks from students and teachers for its safe and welcoming environment, based on their responses to the NYC School Survey. While the school admits a broad range of students—from struggling to high-achievers—its graduation, college readiness and attendance rates are well above the city-wide average. 

Since its inception, Arts & Business has been committed to offering AP classes to all students, not just high achievers. Many students take at least one AP class before graduation, and a core group of motivated students take multiple AP classes, some as early as 10th grade.

Foreign languages taught include French, Italian and Spanish. For Spanish, there are range of classes to accommodate native speakers, heritage speakers (educated in English, but exposed to Spanish in their homes) and non-native speakers (both educated and raised in English-only settings).

The school offers a range of supports to students and families. Parent workshops are offers both during the day and in the evening to accommodate their work schedules. Freshman who arrive with low literacy skills or who struggle in math are scheduled for extra support classes to help them catch up.

In 2011, the facilities got a much-needed upgrade—windows. Prior to their installation the entire two-story building, a former bowling alley, was windowless. The building also houses a Young Adult Borough (also known as a YABC), which runs evening classes for Queens students who want to graduate, but were unsuccessful in a traditional high school.

The school fields several PSAL sports teams and offers a range of clubs and extra-curricular activities. There are no outdoor facilities. Sports teams practice at Flushing Meadows Park.

Most graduates attend CUNY and SUNY schools.  Some attend private colleges including Ivy League schools. Each year the law firm of O'Melveny & Meyers awards college scholarships to three graduates

SPECIAL EDUCATION: There are ICT (integrated co-teaching) classes. For English language learners (ELLs), the school offers bilingual (Spanish-English) instruction sections for all math, science and social studies classes required for graduation. Graduation rates for students with special needs as well as English language learners are far above the citywide average.

(Laura Zingmond, web reports, November 2018)

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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
98%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
97%
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
 
97%
Average daily attendance
 
90%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
30%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
 
92%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achieve the goals of their students' IEPs?
 
96%
From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

752
Number of students
Citywide Average is 599

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
77%
Students with disabilities
 
17%
Multilingual learners
 
9%
From the 2022-23 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
0%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
89%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
25%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
20%
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

School
Citywide
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
 
88%
15.1
Years of principal experience at this school
Citywide Average is 7
259
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
Citywide Average is 157

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity


How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
 
91%
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2021-22 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 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

Calculus

 
4%

Computer Science

 
26%

Physics

 
15%

Advanced Foreign Language

 
32%

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
42%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
12%

Music

 
38%
From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2021-22 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

School
Citywide
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
 
80%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
97%
How many students who have graduated from this high school stay in college for at least 3 semesters?
 
74%
From the 2020-21 and 2021-22 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
77%
From the 2022-23 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2024 High School Directory

Arts and Business (Q99A)

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Offerings

From the 2024 High School Directory

Language Courses

French, Italian, Spanish

Advanced Courses

Algebra II (Advanced Math), AP Art History, AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Psychology, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Spanish Literature and Culture, AP United States History, AP World History: Modern, Chemistry (Advanced Science), ELA (College Course [Credited]), Other (College Course [Credited]), Physics (Advanced Science), Social Studies (College Course [Credited]), World Languages (Advanced World Languages)

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Cross Country, Handball, Soccer

Girls PSAL teams

Cross Country, Handball, Soccer, Table Tennis

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Contact & Location

Location

105-25 Horace Harding Expy N
Queens NY 11368

Buses: Q23, Q38, Q58, Q88, QM10, QM11, QM12, QM40, QM42


Contact

Principal: Ana Zambrano Burako

Parent Coordinator: Karen Cavaliere

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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