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High School for Arts and Business

Grades: 9-12
Staff Pick Staff Pick for Special Ed
105-25 Horace Harding Expressway N
Corona NY
Phone: 718-271-8383

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.

ADMISSIONS: Priority to Queens students. Admission is based on the educational option formula, which aims to enroll students of different of abilities. (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

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?
96%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
93%
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
18%
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
91%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
98%
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
1%
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?
86%
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
11.9

How do students perform academically?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
95%
82% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
87%
48% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
89%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
72%
67% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
778
Asian
11%
Black
6%
Hispanic
75%
White
5%
Other
2%
Free or reduced priced lunch
73%
Students with disabilities
16%
English language learners
8%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
91%
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
25%
38% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

This school offers Transitional Bilingual Education in Spanish.

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
87%
66% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
95%
68% Citywide Average


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

Programs & Admissions

From the 2020 High School Directory

Arts and Business
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Academics

Language Courses

French, Italian, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Spanish Literature and Culture, AP Biology, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Psychology, AP Art History, AP English Language and Composition, AP World History: Modern, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP United States History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Cross Country, Handball, Soccer

Girls PSAL teams

Cross Country, Handball, Soccer, Table Tennis

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

Contact & Location

Location

Corona (District 24)
Trains: N/A
Buses: Q23, Q38, Q58, Q88, QM10, QM11, QM12, QM40, QM42

Contact

Principal
Ana Zambrano Burako
Parent Coordinator
Karen Nguyen

Other Details

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?
No

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