Our professional staff of principal, teachers, counselors, paraprofessionals, and school aides provide instruction to students at the High School for Contemporary Arts. The academic year consists of 2 semesters, where students can accumulate a maximum of 7 credits per semester. Each day we have seven 45-minute class periods from 8:15 am to 2:24 pm. 



In addition to NYCDOE core academic requirements, students also participate in Advanced Placement courses in English Language and Composition and Advancement courses in Art. Additionally, students participate in College Now at the City University of New York – Lehman College. This program allows high school students to take college courses on campus and receive credit along with Monroe College. 

High School Learning

High School is an exciting time when students have more options, but also more responsibility. Students focus on earning a diploma, attending college, pursuing a career, and other options after graduation. Academic grades and coursework, extracurricular activities, internships, and volunteer experience are very important. High school students will need help prioritizing responsibilities and meeting expectations.

In grades 9–12, students have more flexibility in the types of classes they take. Students are still required to take and pass classes in certain core subjects, including English, math, social studies, and science, but other course options and requirements may vary by school or program. While there are standard course sequences by grade level, some students may take classes in a different order.

College and Career Readiness

Visit the the pages below to learn more about:

Advanced Placement (AP) Courses

  • AP 2-D Art and Design
  • AP English Language and Composition
  • AP Spanish Language and Culture

Language Cources

  • Spanish

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