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B
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C+
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    C+
  8. Sports
    C
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B+
Art & Design High School is an above average, public school located in New York, NY. It has 1,432 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 95% of students are at least proficient in math and 95% in reading.
Address
231-249 E 56th St
New York, NY 10019
Telephone
(212) 382-1875
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Art & Design High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
95%
Percent Proficient - Math
95%
Average Graduation Rate
82%
Average SAT
1070
292 responses
Average ACT
24
12 responses
AP Enrollment
10%
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Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    C-
Median Household Income
$123,307
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$2,420
National
$949
Median Home Value
$878,421
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
86%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.37 responses
Poll
70%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.37 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 143 responses
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  • Art Gallery Events
    22%
  • Student Vs. Teacher Sports Games
    17%
  • Art Museum Trips
    15%
  • Drama Club Performances
    15%
  • Art Festival
    13%
  • School events
    7%
  • Clubs
    6%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,432
Free or Reduced Lunch
66%
71%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.42 responses
98%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.42 responses
45%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.42 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$73,460
Teachers in First/Second Year
7%
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.48 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.48 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.48 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
National
$12,239
62%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.55 responses
40%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.55 responses
51%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.55 responses
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I'm grateful that we took the PS exam and get paid internships. DO NOT come here with any expectations for above average academics. There are a few caring, knowledgeable teachers but it's not a guarantee, and even they sometimes seem to suffer working with cryptic communication and rigid, predetermined lessons. Usually it's just work to keep our hands occupied and their duty seems to be to keep the class quiet. Real harmful behavior with students AND faculty is buried in paperwork or flat out ignored. Students get suspended & punished for small things. The bathrooms (and lockers) are gender separated but the 2 bathrooms in the nurse's office double as gender neutral bathrooms. Some teachers and administrators try to enforce the racist + sexist dress code, eg. demand people remove durags, and cover bra straps. There are no metal detectors. There are school cops. There are 11 floors in this school and you might have to walk 5 flights in a row. There are elevators but you need a pass.
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Your time at A&D will be short once you look back on it. The school is absolutely amazing at providing students with resources and material, if only the students took advantage of the opportunities. In general, the school's academics are alright. However, there are some excellent teachers at the school, that go beyond just teaching in the classroom.
All the art teachers are brilliant, and will teach you much about your major. Many of them either work in the field, taught the course at a college level, or both. I would say the clubs are limited, and the sports isn't a big aspect.
There are both good and bad kids in this school, like any other. It's become a bit more diverse in recent years, and have been preparing kids for college better. Really, the only downside is how the administration deals with the bathroom situation in the school.
Art & Design isn't exactly known for consistency. There's a clear lack of communication between staff and it shows through our academic classes. Some teachers here (mostly the art teachers) are really amazing and genuinely love their job, but most of the academic teachers seem lost most of the time. I have a particular teacher for "Creative Writing" who didn't know she was teaching a creative writing elective until the second week of school. Even though our art teachers are great, unlike the website claimed when I applied your major doesn't seem to help you build your college portfolio at all.

If you've been in disorganized high schools and don't mind them, go right ahead. However, know you're not getting anything exceptional outside of some resources from the art program. The counselors (especially for seniors) aren't really helpful with communicating with students or getting them to their goal credits for their ideal college. So, pick your poison really.