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Gotham Professional Arts Academy

Overview written by the school: We are a small Consortium high school that values community activism and change agency. We help students find their voice through a non-traditional integrated arts curriculum. Project/Problem-based learning helps our students develop independence. They write and defend five thesis papers (PBATs) instead of Regents exams to earn a Regents diploma. ICT classrooms with two teachers ensure students with IEPs receive personalized support to meet their academic and social-emotional goals. We partner with arts institutions and artists across the city. We are also United Community Schools site, which brings resources to our school like PGC mentoring program, cooking, music studio, dance, and drama clubs and more. Come change your world with us.

School Performance

Graduation Rate: 75% (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: 80.000001% of the school's students in the school year before last.
Percentage of Students Enough Variety: 75.999999% students feel that this school offers a wide enough variety of programs, classes, and activities to keep them interested in school.
College Career Rate: 60.000002% of students enroll in college or career programs within 6 months.
Percentage of Students Safe: 85.000002% 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: Gotham Professional Arts Academy
Code: L35A
Program description: All students complete five Performance-Based Assessment Tasks (PBATs) in English, Math, Social Studies, Science and Art. The PBATs are designed to prepare students for college and careers by focusing on writing, critical thinking, oral presentation, and original research. For their art PBAT, students select their own area of Art focus: Visual Art, Art Criticism, or Theater/Acting. No art portfolio is required for admission to Gotham Academy, but an Art PBAT is required for graduation.
Interest: Performing Arts/Visual Art & Design; Project-Based Learning
Method: Ed. Opt.

Seats 9 GE: 67
Grade 9 GE filled flag: N
Grade 9 GE applicants: 188
Grade 9 GE applicants per seat: 3
Seats 9 SWD: 14
Grade 9 SWD filled flag: Y
Grade 9 SWD applicants: 97
Grade 9 SWD applicants per seat: 7

Seats 10: 1
Admissions priority 1: Open 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): Gaming, K-Pop Club, Animation/Illustration Club, Art Club, Student Magazine, Music Production, GSA, Student Government
PSAL Sports Boys
Male PSAL (Public School Athletics League) sports offered at the school, listed under Extracurricular Activities and Clubs in the HS Directory: No data
PSAL Sports Girls
Female PSAL (Public School Athletics League) sports offered at the school, listed under Extracurricular Activities and Clubs in the HS Directory: No data
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): Volleyball
Flag for female only school: No data
Flag for male only school: No data

Other info

Total students: 152
Start time: 8:15am
End time: 3:12pm

Final grades: 9 to 12

Language classes: American Sign Language
Advancedplacement courses: AP 2-D Art and Design, AP Physics 1, AP Statistics, AP Computer Science Principles
Additional info: 10th Grade Seats Available,College Trips,Community School,Community Service Expected,Extended Day Program,Extended Day Tutoring,Health Center,Internship Expected,Internships Available,Online Grading System,Orientation,Summer Bridge,Summer Orientation
Bbat: 1

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

More info

Borough: Brooklyn
NTA: Crown Heights North
Neighborhood: Crown Heights North

School Number: K909
Shared space: Yes
Community board: 308
Council district: 35
Census tract: 305
BIN: 3027982
BBL: 3011410005

About Gotham Professional Arts Academy


Address: 561 Grand Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11238 (40.678591,-73.961636)
Latitude: 40.678488
Longitude: -73.962105
Phone number: 718-230-7270
Fax number: 718-574-3971
School email: [email protected]
Subway lines near the school: C to Clinton/Washington; 2, 3, 4, 5 to Franklin Avenue
Bus lines near the school: B25,B26,B65,B48,B45

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We offer Advanced Placement courses in physics, statistics, computer science, art studio and human geography.

We are a College Access for All school. Annual college and career days and college visits expose all students to college and career options.

All students select an Arts track to complete their required Art PBAT. Art tracks include: Visual Art Production, Art Criticism, or Theater/Acting. Our partnerships with the Whitney and Brooklyn Museums support our students' development and achievements.

We are Brooklyn's only non-screen, non-audition, non-portfolio arts high school. We are the choice for artists who would like to develop and utilize their artistic abilities to shape the social-political landscape of our world.

Our graduation rate was 60% in 2018. In 2019 was 78%. In 2020 almost 90% of our students will graduate in four years.

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