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Fordham High School for the Arts

Overview written by the school: Fordham High School for the Arts is an arts-focused high school with a 4 year sequence in 6 majors: Dance, Drama, Instrumental/Music Production, Technical Theater, Visual Art and Vocal Music. FHSA offers comprehensive arts and academic curriculum which culminates in an Advanced Regents diploma, college acceptance, and career readiness. Numerous partnerships include Roundabout Theatre Company, Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center Theatre, Studio in a School. Guest artist visits afford students the opportunity to explore and develop their talents in various mediums of artistic expression. Work-Based Learning Internships allow students an opportunity to explore career paths in the arts and beyond.
Diplomaendorsements: Arts

School Performance

Graduation Rate: 94.999999% (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: 91.000003% of the school's students in the school year before last.
Percentage of Students Enough Variety: 79.000002% students feel that this school offers a wide enough variety of programs, classes, and activities to keep them interested in school.
College Career Rate: 76.999998% of students enroll in college or career programs within 6 months.
Percentage of Students Safe: 94% 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: Fordham High School for the Arts
Code: X51A
Program description: Students train in Dance, Vocal, Instrumental Music, Visual Art, CTE Drama and the only school in the Bronx offering a CTE program in Technical Theater, to gain pre-professional and hands-on experience in a 4-year sequence leading students to earn a Chancellor's Arts Endorsed Diploma. Multiple performance and exhibition opportunities provide a platform for our scholars to introduce themselves to the professional arts world. All arts studios are equipped with modern-day technology and resources.
Interest: Performing Arts/Visual Art & Design
Method: Audition

Seats 9 GE: 85
Grade 9 GE filled flag: Y
Grade 9 GE applicants: 1510
Grade 9 GE applicants per seat: 18
Seats 9 SWD: 23
Grade 9 SWD filled flag: Y
Grade 9 SWD applicants: 364
Grade 9 SWD applicants per seat: 16

Audition information: Students are required to audition in their interest area of study which includes a writing prompt. Please see school website for department specific audition requirements. Dance: Participate in either a ballet class or a modern dance class. Applicants must wear ballet shoes and fitted black dance attire. Refer to school's directory page or website to see if a prepared solo is necessary. Drama: Perform two contrasting monologues (one minute each). Perform an on-demand dramatic or movement activity (e.g. impromptu reading from provided script or improvisation). Wear attire that allows free movement. Music Production/Instrumental: Students are encouraged to bring any of the following that apply. These components are not necessary but will provide a great benefit to the audition. 1. Music made using computer software on a computer or a flash drive. 2. 1 piece of music to be performed on an instrument of student choice. Modern Band Instruments such as guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards are encouraged. Song can be performed solo or over an existing piece of music brought on a flash drive. Students must be prepared to: 1. Listen to and clap back 5 rhythms molded by teacher, and 2. Listen to and identify major and minor chords. Vocal Music: Perform a song in a medium key that you have prepared and bring the sheet music. Song recommendations may also be listed on schools' websites. Vocal singers will also be asked to repeat vocal phrases to test rhythm, tonal memory, and basic vocal technique. Ability to incorporate directions from teacher will be considered. Visual Art: Prepare and present a portfolio with 8-15 pieces of original artwork with a diversity of subject matter and use of media. Three dimensional pieces may be photographed and included in the portfolio. Complete up to three drawing assignments at the audition. Drawing assignments may include: the human figure and drawing from observation or imagination. Check school's website for examples. Sketchbooks are welcomed as extra drawings. Technical Theater Applicants are expected to bring a prepared 3D design model/diorama for presentation, based on the reading of any fairy tale. Applicant should be prepared to discuss their fairy tale, justify design choices and speak to the process of making their model. Applicants will be asked to participate in a hands-on practical in one or more aspects of technical theater.
Common audition: 1
Seats 10: 1
Admissions priority 1: Priority to Bronx students or residents
Admissions priority 2: Then to New York City residents


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: Baseball, Basketball, Swimming, Volleyball
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, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Softball, Volleyball
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: No data
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: 369
Start time: 8:15am
End time: 3:55pm

Final grades: 9 to 12

Language classes: Spanish
Advancedplacement courses: AP Calculus AB, AP Computer Science Principles, AP English Language and Composition, AP Seminar, AP Drawing, AP English Literature and Composition, AP 2-D Art and Design, AP U.S. Government and Politics
Additional info: 10th Grade Seats Available,Career and Technical Education (CTE),College Trips,Dress Code,Health Center,LYFE (Living For The Young Family Through Education),Online Grading System,Orientation,Summer Internships,Summer Orientation,Weekend Programs

School accessibility description: Partially Accessible
Flag for schools that offer 10th grade seats: Y

More info

Borough: Bronx
NTA: Belmont
Neighborhood: Belmont
Campus name: Theodore Roosevelt Educational Campus
School Number: X435
Shared space: Yes
Community board: 206
Council district: 15
Census tract: 387
BIN: 2011810
BBL: 2030590001

About Fordham High School for the Arts


Address: 500 East Fordham Road, Bronx NY 10458 (40.859466,-73.888625)
Latitude: 40.860043
Longitude: -73.888267
Phone number: 718-733-4656
Fax number: 718-295-3605
School email: [email protected]
Subway lines near the school: B, D to Fordham Rd
Bus lines near the school: Bx1, Bx12, Bx12-SBS, Bx15, Bx17, Bx19, Bx2, Bx22, Bx28, Bx34, Bx38, Bx41, Bx41-SBS, Bx9, BxM4

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Academic opportunities: 

Project Student Opportunities for Academic Reinforcement (Project SOAR), Tutoring, Counseling, SAT Prep, CUNY College Now

College Access for All, Computer Science for All, GEAR-UP, Bloomberg Arts Internship/Studio in a School, Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO)

Fordham University Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP), Fordham University Liberty Partnership Program (LPP), One Goal

STRIVE for College with the Dorothy Day Center for Service, and Justice at Fordham University

CTE program(s): Drama (NYSED-Approved), Technical Theatre

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