Art education program secondary schools updated: spring

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The following document describes New York City secondary schools suitable for Student Teaching and Observation experiences. This is a newly updated list of schools that includes those that students have had experiences with in the past as well as new schools that have a school mission statement related to the philosophy of the Art Education program.
This document is a work in progress.
Schools with a star * next to them are the ones that have updated contact information and/or have expressed interest in working with NYU students in the past. Schools without the star are suggestions based on public information regarding distinct school philosophies, visual arts departments, or media programs. Contact the latter schools at your own discretion as they have not been contacted or verified by the Art Education program.
Student teachers should contact cooperating teachers independently to set up a time to meet and visit the school, being mindful of the teachers’ time and busy schedule. Students are welcome to approach schools or teachers that are not included on the list and, as with all schools, should do extensive research to make sure that the fit is right.

* Baruch College Campus High School

17 Lexington Avenue NEW YORK, NY 10010

Phone: (646) 660-6400 | Fax: (212) 802-2623 Principal: Mrs. Alicia Perez-Katz

According to


Grade levels: 9 to 12

Class size: 25-35

Enrollment: 412

Ethnicity %: 31 W 6 B 11 H 53 A

Attendance: 97%


What's special: Traditional curriculum with progressive teaching techniques

Downside: Cramped quarters

Baruch simultaneously offers a traditional curriculum, with lots of classics on the reading lists, and progressive teaching techniques, with lots of class discussions and projects. Kids read Greek classics such as Antigone and the Odyssey, and Shakespearean comedies, as well as modern novels and non-Western works of literature from African and Asia. In one class we visited, students were illustrating Dante's Inferno with drawings influenced by various artists. One student drew monsters in the style of Picasso. 

ART: Studio Art program, includes Art History.

Visual Art Teacher: Danielle McDonald

LAST UPDATED: December 2006

* Bayard Rustin High School for the Humanities / H.S. 440

351 West 18th Street NEW YORK, NY 10011

Phone: (212) 675-5350 | Fax: (212) 255-5701 Principal: John G. Angelet

According to


Grade levels: 9 to 12

Class size: 25-32

Enrollment: 2002

Ethnicity %: 4 W 26 B 52 H 20 A

Attendance: 76%


What's special: Large school is being reorganized into small learning communities.

Downside: Transition has not been easy.

Formerly a zoned, neighborhood high school, Bayard Ruskin High School for the Humanities is in the midst of a reorganization to divide the building into semi-autonomous "learning communities" in which students and staff can get to know one another well. Teachers say the reorganization means that students are much less likely to get lost and there are fewer fights than there once were. But the reorganization has met resistance from some long-time staffers, and the transition has not been smooth.


Visual Art Teachers: Ms. Ting, Constance Rogers - officially an English teacher who also has a documentary photography class and Media Literacy class) Ms. Rogers has specifically requested a student teacher from NYU.
* Beacon High School / H.S. 479

237 West 61st. Street, New York, NY 10023

Phone: (212) 245-2807 | Fax: (212) 245-2179 Principal: Ruth Lacey

According to


Grade levels: 9 to 12

Class size: 28 -34

Enrollment: 1035

Ethnicity %: 46 W / 20 B / 28 H / 7 A

Attendance: 94%

ACADEMICS: One of the most popular high schools in the city, Beacon offers students a liberal arts education with a progressive bent, a rich arts curriculum, and caring teachers who always seem willing to help. Art rooms, a well-equipped photography lab, a small theater and music studios offer students the chance to work on creative projects in depth.

ART: Art program and photography program run side by side. NYU has an ongoing relationship with Beacon and NYU students are placed every semester. It may be hard to contact by phone or email, many students visit the school to make contact directly.

Visual Art Teachers: Keith Miller – Photography, Bridget Malloy – Studio Art

NYU Student Comments:

“This school has a loving environment where both the teachers and the students value learning. The students are invested and the teachers are engaging. The curriculum is conceptual and practical. Themes of socially active pedagogy are touched upon but not enforced. There is a fine arts department and photography department. They are also cultivating a partnership with the New Museum and adding gallery walks, studio tours and contemporary themes into the classroom.”


School philosophy: “Open, cool.” Art Program philosophy: “Very high standards. I mean we live in NYC, there is a lot of art and Beacon expects a lot from students.” “I would definitely recommend this school for people interested in teaching photography. This is a great example of how to practically run a photo department. Beacon is very good to the art teachers and teachers have respect for the students, plus they have very small classes.” Fall 2007

LAST UPDATED: December 2006
* Berkeley Carroll High School (Private)

181 Lincoln Place, Brooklyn, New York 11217

Ph: (718) 789-6060, ext. 6550
Fax: (718) 398-3640


Grade levels: 9 to 12

According to school website:

ACADEMICS: The Berkeley Carroll School is a dynamic community sustained by a passion for learning where the relationship between student and teacher is paramount. We offer students a stimulating and rigorous program in the liberal arts and sciences, the creative arts, and physical education. Teachers create learning experiences that foster intellectual curiosity and imagination grounded in disciplined study. Students find their individual voice through open discussion, independent thought, respectful dissent, and the pursuit of new challenges.

ART: The visual arts program encourages students to express their creativity and explore a range of art mediums. Included in the course of study are drawing and painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, mixed media, video and animation, graphic design, photography, and computer art. Student-artists win awards in local and national contests and are able to complete their studies on the Advanced Placement level. Specialized visual arts facilities include studio art classrooms, a photography darkroom, a ceramics studio and kiln room, and a digital media lab for computer, film, and video art.

Visual Art Teacher: David Egolf

NYU Student Comments:

“Intense academics, DBAE, Studio-based, students work very independently in a variety of media, ceramics, photography, digital media, fine arts and art history. It is a very traditional program, but there is a lot to observe.”

LAST UPDATED: December 2006
Bread & Roses Integrated Arts High School / H.S. 685

6 Edgecombe Avenue, New York, NY 10030

Phone: (212) 926-4152 | Fax: (212) 926-4317 Principal: Mr. Larry Wilson

According to


Grade levels: 9 to 12

Enrollment: 532

Ethnicity %: 1 W / 53 B / 46 H / 1 A

Attendance: 82%

Graduation rate: 61.8%

What's special: High standards, excellent teaching, numerous after school programs

Downside: Old building; school is struggling to maintain portfolio assessment

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