John Dewey High School (21K540)

50 Avenue X, Brooklyn, NY 11223, Brooklyn
Phone: 718-373-6400
Hours: 8:53am - 3:38pm
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Subway: D to Bay 50th St; F to Av X; N to 86th St
Bus: B1, B4, B64, B82, X28, X38
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Program Details
The Academy of Fine and Performing Arts (K56T)
Performing Arts, Visual Art & Design

Students will experience a unique journey in Visual, Theater, or Dance Arts. Students will be introduced to learning the basics of each field and advance by learning new techniques and skills in their focus area culminating in an Endorsed Diploma. Theater Arts students will participate in acting, scene study, and play writing. Dance will include traditional and modern dance, jazz, interpretive dance, and choreography. Visual Arts classes include studio art, ceramics, and photography.

Ed. Opt. programs admit students across all academic levels. Students are grouped into Low, Middle, and High categories based on a composite of their academic data. One-third of offers are made to students in each category.
  • (Group 1) Priority to Brooklyn students or residents
  • (Group 2) Then to New York City residents
Student & Admissions Statistics
School Year
Total Students Across All Grades
    Grade 12 Students
    Grade 11 Students
    Grade 10 Students
    Grade 9 Students
Graduation %
College %
The Academy of Fine and Performing Arts (K56T)
GE Applicants / Seats:
SWD Applicants / Seats:

73 / 89 (0.82)
10 / 20 (0.50)
Offers - Waitlist
About the School

We offer an innovative form of education that empowers students to make responsible decisions. Our school is comprised of small learning communities. Our small learning communities allow teachers, school counselors and assistant principals to work with students for enrichment, remediation, and social engagement. Students receive the individualized attention found in a small school within the setting of a comprehensive high school. Our small learning communities prepare students for a variety of career pathways and college-readiness programs in core subject areas including the arts, business, STEM, law, teaching and heath professions.

Academic Highlights: CTE program(s): Culinary Arts, FutureReadyNYC: Healthcare (EMT- Cohort 1 only), NYSEMT certification pathway

Other Features: 10th Grade Seats Available, Career and Technical Education (CTE), College Trips, Community School, Community Service Expected, FutureReadyNYC School, Internships Available, Multi-Session School, Online Grading System, Orientation, Program(s) with 2 GE Applicants Per Seat, Program(s) with 2 SWD Applicants Per Seat, Program(s) with 3+ GE Applicants Per Seat, Saturday Programs, Student Parent Orientation, Summer Bridge, Summer Internships, Summer Orientation, Weekend Programs

English Language Learner Programs: Transitional Bilingual Education: Chinese

School Features:

  • Offers 10th Grade Seats
  • School whose primary location is co-located with another school

AP Courses, Languages & Sports
AP Courses
Algebra II (Advanced Math), AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Chinese Language and Culture, AP Computer Science A, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP European History, AP Macroeconomics, AP Physics 1, AP Physics 2, AP Psychology, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Statistics, AP Studio Art - 2D, AP Studio Art - Drawing, AP United States Government and Politics, AP United States History, AP World History: Modern, Chemistry (Advanced Science), Math (College Course [Credited]), Other (College Course [Credited]), Other (College Course [Uncredited]), Science (College Course [Credited]), Social Studies (College Course [Credited]), World Languages (Advanced World Languages)
Languages Offered
Mandarin, Spanish
ELL Programs
Transitional Bilingual Education: Chinese
Diploma Endorsements
Math, CTE, Science, NYS Seal of Biliteracy
Boys PSAL Sports
Badminton, Basketball, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Table Tennis, Tennis, Wrestling
Girls PSAL Sports
Badminton, Basketball, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball
Co-ed PSAL Sports
Double Dutch
Other Sports
Badminton, Boxing, Cheerleading, Dance, Fitness Club, Flag Football, Lacrosse, Running Club, Soccer, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee
Art Club, Arts Beautification Club, Beauty Club, Careers in the Arts Club, Cheerleading, Chess Club, The Classic Rock Club, Council for Unity, Dance Team, Educators Rising, ELL Science Club, Girls Who Code, International Culinary Club, Japanese Language and Culture Club, Key Club, Knitting Club, LGBTQ Club, Marine Biology Underwater Robotics Club, Mindfulness, Mock Trial, Moot Court, My Brother's Keeper, MSAC, National Honor Society, ONE Goal, Peer Group Connection, Recycling / Green Team, Robotics, Senior Committee, Step Team Club, Stock Market Club, Student Council, Sweatbox Club, Table Tennis/Ping Pong Club, Technical Theatre Club, Theatre Club, Track Club, Video Game Club, Volleyball Club, Women's Alliance/Women of Color Alliance (WOCA), Yoga/Fitness
Survey Summary & Data (2022-23)
Student Responses - 59% responded
Academic Rigor 
Academic Engagement 
Bully Prevention 
Mental Support 
Post-School Support 
Teacher Responses - 64% responded
Academic Rigor 
School Satisfaction 
Student Behavior 
Student Support 
School Leadership 
Instructional Clarity 
Instructional Development 
Post-School Support 
Family Responses - 33% responded
Teacher Support 
School Community 
School Leadership 
Post-School Support 

Note: Yellow bars indicate city-wide averages for the associated category

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Academic Summary & Data (2022-23)
Academic Proficiency
4-Year Grad. %
Avg. CC Regents Score
Avg. Non-CC Regents Score
College Aptitude
CCPC Index
Avg. SAT Math Score
Avg. SAT Read/Write Score
2-Year College 23.10%
4-Year College 42.90%
Other Postsecondary 0.60%
Unknown 33.40%

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School Demographics (2022-23)
Student Population:
Male 48.10%
Female 51.90%
English Language Learners:
Students with IEPs:
Economic Need Index:
Student Ethnicity:
Asian 25.60%
Black 22.50%
Hispanic 29.00%
White 19.50%
Other 3.40%
Teacher Ethnicity:
Asian 8.50%
Black 9.20%
Hispanic 8.50%
White 68.00%
Other 5.80%