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New Design High School

New Design High School is a coeducational public school for students in grades 9 through 12.

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Institution Type: Public Setting: Urban


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New Design High School says

New Design High School (NDHS) is a small academic high school with a focus on design, located on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. NDHS uses the concept of design to help meet the academic, intellectual, social, emotional and artistic needs of adolescents. Our school integrates the idea, concept and process of design into a progressive, academic high school curriculum, thereby offering an innovative education in a nurturing environment. The school community believes that design and the design process allow students to participate in a more experiential form of inquiry-based education that is focused on understanding real-world contexts, self-expression and problem solving.


NDHS uses design as a basis for learning; students are exposed to the fields of fine art fundamentals of design, fashion and merchandising, product design, invention and entrepreneurship. Teaching artists, through Urban Arts Partnership, the school's main cultural partner, augment the existing curriculum through the fields of media and communications, graphic design, souncd design and film & motion graphics; College Now courses are offered

Program Overview

Program Specialization: Visual Art & Design

Available Seats in Freshmen Class: 108

Admission Method: Educational option


Buses: M103, M14AD, M15, M15-SBS, M21, M22, M9

Trains: F, J, M, Z to Delancey St-Essex St; B, D to Grand St



Public schools are supported through local, state, and federal funding, and do not charge tuition to students who attend them.



Admission Priorities

  • Priority to District 1 students or residents
  • Then to New York City residents

Important Dates

Regular Application Deadline: December 2



67% of students graduate from New Design High School

Test Scores

1168 Average score for the SAT Composite

Test Section Average Score
SAT Math 395
SAT Verbal 391
SAT Writing 382

NYC Report Card

Overall Score
College and Career Readiness


New Design High School received a Bronze award from US News in 2013.

  • AP English Literature and Composition

Students and Faculty

Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 422
Enrollment By Grade
Grade Number of Students
9 127
10 110
11 104
12 81

New Design High School's relatively variable enrollment profile may offer insights into student retention rates, local population changes, real estate costs, and the accessibility of alternative educational options. to find out more about the specific factors influencing New Design High School's enrollment numbers.

Student Teacher Ratio 13 : 1
Gender 38% Male / 62% Female
Socioeconomic Diversity

87% of students qualify for a free or reduced price school lunch at New Design High School.

Student Diversity
Percentage of Student Body
White 3%
Hispanic/Latino 62%
Black or African American 30%
Asian 4%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%

There were 2 incidents of bullying last year at New Design High School, which equals 0.0048 incidents per student.


Academic Support, Animation, Community Service, Dance, Filmmaking, Governor's Committee on Scholastic Achievement (GCSA), SAT Prep, Internship Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), Poets and Playwrights, Urban Arts Peapod Academy, Yearbook, Youth Empowerment Leadership for Boys and Girls; Partnership programs in art, media, music production, theater, playwriting, poetry, and photography
  • Art Club
  • Community Service
  • Dance Club
  • Dance Team
  • Drama/Theater
  • Film Club
  • Photography Club
  • Yearbook
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Handball
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
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