High School for Contemporary Arts (11X544)

800 East Gun Hill Road, Bronx, NY 10467, Bronx
Phone: 718-944-5650
Email: MPeters7@schools.nyc.gov
Hours: 08:15am - 02:35pm
School Website: https://hs544.org/
NYCDOE Website: https://www.myschools.nyc/en/schools/high-school/40190
Quality Snapshot: https://tools.nycenet.edu/snapshot/2022/11X544/HS/
Subway: 2, 5 to Gun Hill Rd
Bus: Bx28, Bx30, Bx38, Bx39, Bx41, Bx41-SBS, Bx8, BxM11
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Contemporary Arts is an art school that proudly offers its students a world-class education with a dynamic faculty and challenging curriculum. We offer amazing creative arts courses where students can choose from Dance, Music, Arts, and Theatre Classes. Contemporary Arts is committed to nurturing each student’s passion for creativity and thirst for knowledge by providing a safe, supportive community that inspires lifelong learning and a commitment to social change. Technology is employed in all of the arts and academics courses to provide our students with the experience they need to be able to excel in this technologically driven world. Contemporary Arts provides an environment where the arts are used to develop our students’ artistic abilities, academic achievement, and cultural empowerment. Our after-school clubs and PSAL Program are available to all students on campus. Contemporary Arts students participate in PSAL teams such as football, volleyball, basketball, and cross country. As a student of Contemporary Arts, you will be able to experience trips all over New York City, including Broadway Shows, Circle Line Cruises, and Great Adventures! Contemporary Arts students attend dances, celebrations, field days, and other exciting events throughout the school year. In addition to after-school extracurricular opportunities, Contemporary Arts also offer Advanced Placement Courses and College Now Classes through Lehman College. Advisory Classes are a part of our culture and community and provide Social and Emotional support and college and career programming. Contemporary Arts is a one-to-one school in terms of meeting the technological needs of our students. Each student receives a laptop computer to use during the school year. All Contemporary Arts graduates leave with a college and career plan that will guide them in the next stage of their lives and that will gain the skills necessary for the next step in their lives.

Academic Highlights: AP Courses Available, SAT Prep, African American studies, Honors Courses Available

Other Features: 10th Grade Seats Available, College Trips, Extended Day, Health Center, Internships Available, Program(s) with 1 GE Applicant Per Seat, Program(s) with 1 SWD Applicant Per Seat, Summer Internships

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 English Language and Composition, AP Studio Art - 2D, AP Studio Art - Drawing, Chemistry (Advanced Science), Comp Sci/Math Tech (College Course [Credited]), Math (College Course [Credited]), World Languages (Advanced World Languages)
Languages Offered
Spanish
Boys PSAL Sports
Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Swimming
Girls PSAL Sports
Basketball, Cross Country, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Softball, Swimming, Volleyball
Other Sports
Cheerleading, Cross Country, Dance, Flag Football, Lacrosse, Swimming, Track and Field, Volleyball
Activities
Podcast, Mouse squad club, Peer Group Connection (PGC), COOP Student Aide Internship, Restorative Justice, Peer Mediation.
Programs
Arts Lab Studio Creative Writing & Performing Arts(X48A)
Performing Arts

An intensive, collaborative, and interactive program emphasizing creative writing, dance, acting (stage and film), and music (vocal and keyboard).

Method:
Requirement:
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.
Priority:
  • (Group 1) Priority to Bronx students or residents
  • (Group 2) Then to New York City residents
Arts Lab-Studio II Visual, Audio & Media Arts(X48B)
Visual Art & Design

An intensive, collaborative, and interactive program with an emphasis on fine arts, multi-media, and computer graphic/animation design.

Method:
Requirement:
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.
Priority:
  • (Group 1) Priority to Bronx students or residents
  • (Group 2) Then to New York City residents
Visual Arts and Dance(X48C)

Students develop their artistic skills as they progress through classroom assignments using a variety of drawing, painting, sculpture, photography & digital design media. Students learn valuable artistic, literacy, and technical skills in the contemporary work world of the Visual Arts. In Dance, Students learn modern dance, ballet, hip-hop, composition technology, and principles of dance. Pedagogy is blended to help students develop their own unique voice and gain competitive skills needed to succeed after high school.

Method:
Requirement:
Students are randomly selected
Priority:
  • (Group 1) Open to New York City residents
Student & Admissions Statistics
School Year
2022-23
2021-22
Total Students Across All Grades
283
303
    Grade 12 Students
40
44
    Grade 11 Students
56
62
    Grade 10 Students
113
67
    Grade 9 Students
74
130
Graduation %
85
78
College %
28
39
Arts Lab Studio Creative Writing & Performing Arts (X48A)
GE Applicants / Seats:
SWD Applicants / Seats:

26 / 51 (0.51)
9 / 13 (0.69)
Offers - Waitlist
Arts Lab-Studio II Visual, Audio & Media Arts (X48B)
GE Applicants / Seats:
SWD Applicants / Seats:

21 / 51 (0.41)
5 / 13 (0.38)
Offers - Waitlist
Visual Arts and Dance (X48C)
GE Applicants / Seats:
SWD Applicants / Seats:

0 / 0 (0.00)
0 / 0 (0.00)
Survey Summary & Data (2022-23)
Student Responses - 71% responded
Academic Rigor 
  68.86%
Academic Engagement 
  59.83%
Safety 
  65.89%
Bully Prevention 
  57.00%
Inclusivity 
  83.90%
Mental Support 
  70.30%
Environment 
  67.91%
Post-School Support 
  74.11%
Teacher Responses - 68% responded
Academic Rigor 
  71.00%
School Satisfaction 
  76.17%
Student Behavior 
  61.00%
Student Support 
  85.20%
School Leadership 
  79.07%
Instructional Clarity 
  87.20%
Instructional Development 
  84.71%
Post-School Support 
  90.50%
Family Responses - 22% responded
Education 
  90.00%
Teacher Support 
  78.00%
Safety 
  89.33%
School Community 
  82.44%
School Leadership 
  89.27%
Post-School Support 
  95.50%

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

View Full NYC DOE Survey Results:

More information about NYC DOE surveys can be found here: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/about-us/reports/school-quality/nyc-school-survey

Academic Summary & Data (2022-23)
Academic Proficiency
4-Year Grad. %
  89.40%
Avg. CC Regents Score
  46
Avg. Non-CC Regents Score
  34
College Aptitude
CCPC Index
  28.80%
Avg. SAT Math Score
  370
Avg. SAT Read/Write Score
  374
Postsecondary
2-Year College 10.30%
4-Year College 23.50%
Other Postsecondary 2.90%
Unknown 63.30%

View Full Academic Data:

This data was gathered from the NYC DOE's yearly quality reports. More information can be found here: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/about-us/reports/school-quality

Information on NYS Regents exams can be found here: https://www.nysed.gov/state-assessment/high-school-regents-examinations

School Demographics (2022-23)
Student Population:
Male 41.70%
Female 58.30%
English Language Learners:
  12.00%
Students with IEPs:
  31.40%
Economic Need Index:
  89.80%
Student Ethnicity:
Asian 1.40%
Black 39.20%
Hispanic 51.60%
White 2.50%
Other 5.30%
Teacher Ethnicity:
Black 37.50%
Hispanic 20.80%
White 33.30%
Other 8.40%
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