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New Design High School

Total students: 415
Grades: 9-12

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 an experiential form of inquiry-based education that is focused on understanding real-world contexts,self-expression and problem solving.

2 cool things about NDHS

  • New Design HS curates the second largest graffiti show in New York City each year, called Rooftop Legends, on its roof.  Read more about this year's show, or follow Rooftop Legends on Facebook. 
  • All 10th, 11th and 12th graders receive weekly individual coaching from staff.

2 things you should know about coming here

  • Students are enrolled in design classes all four years.
  • NDHS focuses on building strong relationships with students.

How to get in

Priority is given to students and residents of Community School District 1, then to residents of New York City. Please check the New Design High website and blog for tour dates. Tours are typically held in November of each school year.