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Dr. Susan S. McKinney Secondary School of the Arts

Overview written by the school: Our school has a performing and visual arts program that serves a diverse population through a comprehensive range of academic and supportive curricula. We offer a nurturing and supportive academic learning environment. Dr. Susan S. McKinney Secondary School of the Arts is a part of the first cohort recognized in New York City as a Nationally Certified Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) school. To ensure that students are college and career ready, we have implemented iLearn courses to aid under-credited students in fulfilling their credit requirements. Based on our work with School Time Labs, we have programmed a College and Career Readiness course for all high school students with goal extending to grades six through eight.

School Performance

Graduation Rate: 71% (at the end of the school year before last, the percent of students who graduated "on time" by earning a diploma four years after they entered 9th grade).
Daily Attendance Rate: 79% of the school's students in the school year before last.
Percentage of Students Enough Variety: 68% students feel that this school offers a wide enough variety of programs, classes, and activities to keep them interested in school.
College Career Rate: 31% of students enroll in college or career programs within 6 months.
Percentage of Students Safe: 85% 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: Visual Arts
Code: K42A
Program description: Painting, drawing, art of advertisement and design, dimensional design, art history, textile, photography, product promotion, cartoon design illustration, and sculpture.
Interest: Visual Art & Design
Method: Audition

Seats 9 GE: 19
Grade 9 GE filled flag: N
Grade 9 GE applicants: 75
Grade 9 GE applicants per seat: 4
Seats 9 SWD: 4
Grade 9 SWD filled flag: N
Grade 9 SWD applicants: 29
Grade 9 SWD applicants per seat: 7

Audition information: Students must present a portfolio of 10-20 pieces of original work including still life, human figure and imaginative drawing. Students must be able to discuss their portfolio, artistic interests and area of study. Students must take an in-person drawing test.
Common audition: 1
Seats 10: Yes
Admissions priority 1: Priority to continuing 8th graders
Admissions priority 2: Then to District 13 students or residents
Admissions priority 3: Then to New York City residents

Requirement 1: Attendance
Requirement 2: Punctuality
Requirement 3: Course Grades: English (55-100), Math (54-100), Science (55-100), Social Studies (64-100)
Standardized Test Scores: English Language Arts (1.6-4.5), Math (1.6-4.5)
Writing Exercise (On-Site)
Audition - Go to for information and dates
Audition with common components


Extracurricular Activities
Extracurricular activities and clubs offered by the school that do not fall under one of the Sports categories (PSAL Sports or School Sports): No data
PSAL Sports Boys
Male PSAL (Public School Athletics League) sports offered at the school, listed under Extracurricular Activities and Clubs in the HS Directory: Badminton, Basketball
PSAL Sports Girls
Female PSAL (Public School Athletics League) sports offered at the school, listed under Extracurricular Activities and Clubs in the HS Directory: Basketball, Cross Country
PSAL Sports Coed
Co-ed PSAL (Public School Athletics League) sports offered at the school, listed under Extracurricular Activities and Clubs in the HS Directory: Double Dutch
School Sports
Sports offered by the school outside PSAL (Public School Athletics League): No data
Flag for female only school: No data
Flag for male only school: No data

Other info

Total students: 313
Start time: 8:00am
End time: 2:20pm

Final grades: 6 to 12
ELL programs: English as a New Language
Language classes: Spanish
Advancedplacement courses: AP Computer Science Principles, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP United States History
Additional info: College Trips; Dress Code; Extended Day Program; Extended Day Program (Credit Recovery); Online Grading System; Saturday Programs; Student Parent Orientation; Summer Bridge Program; Uniform; Weekend Programs

School accessibility description: Not Accessible
Flag for schools that offer 10th grade seats: Y

More info

Borough: Brooklyn
NTA: Fort Greene
Neighborhood: Fort Greene

School Number: K265
Shared space: Yes
Community board: 302
Council district: 35
Census tract: 211
BIN: 3057942
BBL: 3020280001

About Dr. Susan S. McKinney Secondary School of the Arts


Address: 101 PARK AVENUE, BROOKLYN NY 11205
Latitude: 40.696324
Longitude: -73.97578
Phone number: 718-834-6760
Fax number: 718-243-0815
School email: [email protected]
Subway lines near the school: N/A
Bus lines near the school: B54, B57, B62, B67, B69

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iLearnNYC: Program for expanded online coursework and self-paced learning

Visual Arts, Vocal and Instrumental Music, Dance, Drama; Marching, Concert, and Jazz Bands; Technical Theater

AP for All, College Advisory, Summer School, McKinney After-School Academic Program, CUNY College Now, Algebra For All, Software Engineering

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