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Art and Design High School

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For nearly 80 years, our school has nurtured talented students to become accomplished professionals. Our state-of-the-art facilities enable students to excel in digital media. We are a CTE high school located in New York CityÂ’s design center. Our art teachers are also professional artists and our industry partners collaborate to ensure that students learn software programs for their field of study. Our community of scholars fosters our studentsÂ’ creative and academic talents. We are nationally renowned for our wide range of design programs. Our graduates are well prepared to attend the college of their choice and become leaders in the arts and the community.

Prgram Description
  • Program includes study of structures, space, color, form, with a focus on hand drafting, architectural design, model making and sketching, and AutoCAD. Seniors complete city planning design project to address current zoning issues, visit museums and professional studios and hear from visiting professionals. Student projects are critiqued and reviewed by industry partners in order to provide students with specific, relevant industry feedback.
  • 9th grade: Design Foundations; 10th grade: select CTE major from Cartooning, Animation, Fashion/Costume Design, Illustration, Graphic Design, Digital Photography; gain introduction to Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Technical assessment required for CTE certification. Upper grade students can apply for AP courses in Illustration and Graphic Design. All portfolios are evaluated by professionals. Opportunities for museum visits, rotating student exhibitions, visiting artists.
  • Studio-based curriculum includes pre-production, production and post-production skills. Through hands-on filmmaking, students learn film theory, film analysis, scriptwriting and editing in Final Cut-Pro and gain industry-based technical and theoretical knowledge. Students have access to state-of-the-art equipment, participate in contests and film festivals and meet visiting artists and professionals.
Admissions Priority
  • Open to New York City residents
  • Open to New York City residents
  • Open to New York City residents
Offer Rate
    • Standardized Test Scores: English Language Arts (1.9-4.5), Math (1.9-4.5)
    • Standardized Test Scores: English Language Arts (2.0-4.5), Math (1.9-4.5)
    • Standardized Test Scores: English Language Arts (2.0-4.5), Math (2.0-4.5)
    • Attendance
    • Attendance
    • Attendance
    • Audition
    • Audition
    • Audition
    • Portfolio of student work
    • Portfolio of student work
    • Portfolio of student work
    Methods Audition Audition Audition
    Seats 9th Grade GE 47 230 23 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Grade 9 GE Applicants 313 1205 217 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Grade 9 GE Applicants per Seat 7 5 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Grade 9 GE Filled Y Y Y
    Seats 9th Grade SWD 9 46 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Grade 9 SWD Applicants 67 224 40 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Grade 9 SWD Applicants per Seat 7 5 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Grade 9 SWD Filled N Y Y
    Seats Specialized 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Applicants Specialized 0 0 0 0 0 0
    App per Seat Specialized 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Location 231-249 East 56th Street, Manhattan NY 10019 (40.759248, -73.967204)
    Subway 4, 5, 6, N, Q, R to Lexington Ave-59 St ; 6, E, M to Lexington Ave-53 St ; F to Lexington Ave-63 St
    Website www.artanddesignhs.org
    Graduation Rate 84.7%
    Pct Stu Enough Variety 83.0%
    College Career Rate 59.0%
    Pct Stu Safe 91.0%
    Specialized No
    Total Students 1,442
    Attendance Rate 91.0%
    SAT Takers 0
    SAT Reading 475
    SAT Math 455
    SAT Writing 458
    Total Enrollment 1,442
    Female 59.0% (847)
    Male 41.3% (595)
    White 12.1% (174)
    Asian 8.0% (115)
    Black 21.5% (310)
    Hispanic 55.8% (804)
    Other 2.7% (39)
    Academic Opportunities

    CTE program(s) in: Arts, A/V Technology & Communication, Manufacturing Production

    CTE endorsements: Film/Video Production, Commercial Photography, Cartooning and Animation

    Program majors: Architecture, Commercial Photography, Film, Video Production, Animation, Fashion, Costume Design, Illustration, Graphic Design

    Partnerships: School of Visual Arts, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, Frick Museum, Studio in a School, Tribeca, Exploring the Arts, and PENCIL

    Internship program through Work-Based Learning (WBL), CAE, Apollo Theater; CUNY College Now, Portfolio Development

    Advanced Placement Courses

    AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP Chemistry, AP English, AP Spanish, AP US History, AP World History


    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, M50, M57, Q101, Q32, Q60, QM1, QM10, QM12, QM15, QM16, QM17, QM18, QM2, QM20, QM21, QM24, QM3, QM4, 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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    Extracurricular Activities

    AIGA NYC (professional association for design), Mentoring, Animation, Film/Video, Drama, Student Exhibitions in Kenny Gallery, Art & Design Newscast, Fashion Design, GSA, 3D Printing & Sculpture, Smash, Literacy Arts Journal, NHS, Kaplan Saturday SAT Prep, Newspaper, Morning Painting, Chess, Saturday Art Directors, Museum Exploration Program, Art Students League, Yearbook. Tutoring before- and after-school in core academic subjects. School-Wide: Spring Arts Festival, Film Festival, Fashion Show.

    School Sports

    Aerobic Training, Basketball, Intramural Sports, Nautilus Training, Spinning, Volleyball, Weight Training; Student-Faculty Games

    • Architectural Design
    • Commercial Art and Design
    • Film/Video Production
    • Architecture
    • Visual Art & Design
    • Film/Video
      Audition Information
      • Portfolio with 8-12 pieces of original artwork created from observation and studentsÂ’ 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.
      • Prepare a portfolio of 8-15 pieces of original work. Include examples of observational drawings. Complete up to three drawing assignments at the audition. Check schoolÂ’s website for examples. They may include: the human figure, and drawing from observation or imagination.
      • Portfolio including two storyboards (each a minimum of ten frames each) depicting a scene from imagination and a 250-word essay describing your interest in filmmaking. At the audition, students will be given a visual representation and will be asked to develop a story that could be used as the basis for a film. Be prepared to address these questions: What is the story about? Who are the main characters? What are the conflicts? What type of film? How does it end? Materials are supplied at audition.
      Boro M
      School 10th Seats 1
      ELL Programs English as a New Language
      Language Classes French, Spanish
      Diploma Endorsements Arts, CTE, Math, Science
      Neighborhood E. Midtown
      Shared Space Yes
      Campus Name Midtown East Educational Campus
      Building Code M488
      Phone Number 212-752-4340
      Fax Number 212-752-4945
      School Email 02m630@schools.nyc.gov
      Grades 2018 12-Sep
      Final Grades 12-Sep
      Start Time 8:30am
      End Time 4pm
      Psal Sports Boys Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Fencing, Handball, Soccer, Volleyball
      Psal Sports Girls Basketball, Soccer, Softball, Table Tennis, Volleyball
      Psal Sports Coed
      Early College
      Geo Eligibility
      School Accessibility Description 1
      Codes M60N M60P M60Q
      Seats 10 Yes-New Yes-11 Yes-2
      Primary Address Line 1 231-249 East 56th Street
      City Manhattan
      State Code NY
      Lat 40.759
      Lng -73.967
      Zip 10,019
      # Grade 9 452
      # Grade 10 431
      # Grade 11 309
      # Grade 12 250
      ELA Takers 306
      ELA Level 1 8.8% (27)
      ELA Level 2 45.8% (140)
      ELA Level 3 35.6% (109)
      ELA Level 4 9.8% (30)
      ELA Level 3+4 45.4% (139)
      Math Takers 256
      Math Level 1 22.3% (57)
      Math Level 2 44.5% (114)
      Math Level 3 25.4% (65)
      Math Level 4 7.8% (20)
      Math Level 3+4 33.2% (85)

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