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Art and Design High School

Overview paragraph: Art & Design prepares students for careers in the arts. Our CTE programs include Film/Video, Photography, Animation, Architectural and Graphic Design, Illustration, Fashion, and Cartooning. Our instruction positions students for acclaimed awards and scholarships and facilitates entry into choice colleges. Teachers develop curriculum collaboratively with industry partners and colleagues in higher education. Students learn Adobe Suite and AutoCAD programs required for their field of study and achieve certification. We offer Advanced Placement (AP) and CUNY College Now courses. Our internships enable students to explore art careers. Our mission is to prepare students for college and career readiness through hands on studio work and challenging academics.
Diplomaendorsements: Arts, CTE

School Performance

Graduation Rate: 85% of students graduate in four years.
Attendance Rate: 90% of students attendance.
Percentage of Students Enough Variety: 84% students feel that this school offers a wide enough variety of programs, classes, and activities to keep them interested in school.
College Career Rate: 66% of students enroll in college or career programs within 6 months.
Percentage of Students Safe: 92% students feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms, locker room and cafeteria. (Student opinions on school safety, as reported on the NYC School Survey.)

Programs offered

Program 1: Architectural Design
Code: M60N
Program description: Program includes study of structures, space, color, form, with a focus on hand drafting as well as software applications, architectural design, model making, sketching, and AutoCAD. Seniors complete city planning design project to address current zoning issues. Students visit museums and professional studios, design showrooms and hear from professionals. Student projects are critiqued and reviewed by industry partners in order to provide students with specific, relevant industry feedback.
Interest: Architecture
Method: Audition

Seats 9 GE: 44
Grade 9 GE filled flag: Y
Grade 9 GE applicants: 296
Grade 9 GE applicants per seat: 7
Seats 9 SWD: 9
Grade 9 SWD filled flag: Y
Grade 9 SWD applicants: 89
Grade 9 SWD applicants per seat: 10

Audition information: Portfolio with 8-12 pieces of original artwork created from observation and students' own imagination with a diversity of subject matter and use of media. Please include examples of line drawings as well as value studies of geometric shapes and forms. You should also include a drawing of your neighborhood and a plan of your bedroom or your apartment. Three-dimensional pieces can be photographed. You will be required to draw from observation and memory.
Common audition: 1
Seats 10: Yes-10
Admissions priority 1: Open to New York City residents

Requirement 1: Attendance
Requirement 2: Course Grades: Average (67-100)
Requirement 3: Standardized Test Scores: English Language Arts (1.9-4.5), Math (1.6-4.5)
Portfolio of Student Work


Extracurricular activities: Clubs: 3D Printing/Sculpture, Animation, Art & Design Newscast, Calisthenics, Cartooning, Chess, Drama, Dungeons & Dragons, Fashion Design, Game Design, Gay-Straight Alliance, Girls Soccer, Literacy Arts Journal, Murals, NHS, Newspaper, Painting, Sewing, Student Exhibitions in Kenny Gallery, Yearbook, Zine. Tutoring before and after school in core academic subjects. School-Wide: Drama productions in Black Box, Draw-A-Thon, Fashion Show, Film Festival, Spring Arts Festival.
Psal Sports Boys: Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Fencing, Handball, Soccer, Volleyball
Psal Sports Girls: Basketball, Soccer, Softball, Table Tennis, Volleyball

School sports: (NCAA Cleared) Aerobic Training, Basketball, Intramural Sports, Nautilus Training, Spinning, Volleyball, Weight Training; Student-Faculty Games

Other info

Total students: 1447
Start time: 8:20am
End time: 2:40pm
Grades 2018: 9 to 12
Final grades: 9 to 12
ELL programs: English as a New Language
Language classes: French, Spanish
Advancedplacement courses: AP Art History, AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Chemistry, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP Psychology, AP Studio Art: 2-D Design, AP Studio Art: Drawing, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP U.S. History, AP World History
Additional info: College Trips; Community Service Expected; Dress Code; Extended Day Program; Extended Day Program (Credit Recovery); Extended Day Program (Tutoring); Extended Year; Internships; Online Grading System; Saturday Programs; Student Parent Orientation; Summer Bridge Program; Summer Internships; Weekend Programs

School accessibility description: 1
School 10th seats: Y

More info

Borough: Manhattan
NTA: Turtle Bay-East Midtown
Neighborhood: E. Midtown
Campus name: Midtown East Campus
School Number: M488
Shared space: Yes
Community board: 6
Council district: 4
Census tract: 108
BIN: 1088892
BBL: 1013300013

About Art and Design High School


Address: 231-249 East 56th Street, Manhattan NY 10019
Latitude: 40.75924
Longitude: -73.967203
Phone number: 212-752-4340
Fax number: 212-752-4945
School email: [email protected]
Subway: 4, 5, N, R, W to 59th St-Lexington Ave; 6 to 51st St; E, M to Lexington Ave-53rd St
Bus: BM1, BM2, BM3, BM4, BM5, BxM1, BxM10, BxM11, BxM18, BxM3, BxM4, BxM6, BxM7, BxM8, BxM9, M1, M101, M102, M103, M15, M15-SBS, M2, M3, M31, M4, M5, M50, M57, Q101, Q32, Q60, QM1, QM10, QM12, QM15, QM16, QM17, QM18, QM2, QM20, QM21, QM24, QM3, QM31, QM32, QM34, QM35, QM36, QM4, QM40, QM42, QM44, QM5, QM6, X10, X10B, X12, X14, X17, X17J, X2, X22, X22A, X27, X28, X30, X31, X37, X38, X42, X5, X63, X64, X68

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CTE programs: Film/Video, Commercial Photography, Cartooning, Animation, Illustration, Graphic Design, Architectural Design, and Fashion Design

AP: Global, US History, Government, ELA, Literature, Calculus, Biology, Chemistry, 2D Design, Drawing, Psychology, and College Now through CUNY Hunter

Internships through Work Based Learning as well as Apollo Theater, Bloomberg, Center for Arts Education, The Mayor's Office of Media & Entertainment

Partnerships: Met Museum, Frick, Studio in a School, Society of Illustrators, Apollo Theater, Manhattan Graphics, Adobe School of Inter-Active studies.

Enrichment: Museum Exploration Program, AIGA mentoring, Art Students League, Studio in a School, Kaplan Saturday SAT prep, Saturday Art Directors Club

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