HSAD Drama Club Presents – HAIR: The Musical

PTA/SLT Elections!

The PTA is only as strong as its committed volunteers. Can you help? For only a few hours a month, you can be part of a very active PTA that teams up with the school to do what is right for our children. Our annual elections for the 2019-2020 PTA Executive Board are only a few weeks away. SLT elections are also in play at our May 2nd PTA meeting.

Read all about it here.

Senior Class Ring 2019

Seniors! The school has arranged for this year’s senior class ring. You can visit their site at the link below and place your deposit for $80. A representative will visit April 3rd to complete the order. Rings start at $350.


We would like to offer a second choice, that has a wider range of price options. From $57 to $150 as a starting point. Here is the link:

Dunham – Art & Design High School Rings

The PTA is not benefiting financially from any ring sales. We have made a handy 3 minute video tutorial on how to select the various options for a $90 men’s high school ring as an example. Video embedded below:

We would love all families to have the choice of selecting a high school ring for such an occasion as graduation. It’s a wonderful keepsake! We hope by highlighting these choices that it allows more families this opportunity.


Congratulations! We are hearing that notices have been sent. Your child has been accepted to Art & Design High School!

If you’re not sure, please be sure to check this page on the official DOE website. There is a link provided there where you can confirm your child’s acceptance. There is a Round 2 of admissions, that’s also explained in the above link. A&D only has a handful slots open for Round 2, but at least it’s something.

So your child was accepted! You may be wondering what’s next? Well, first please sign up for our newsletter. You will receive our notices we send out to all parents. You can also contact us via email with any questions. The school’s official Parent Coordinator is the ever helpful Janeen Johnson. Ms. Johnson can be reached at this email address: jjohnson32@schools.nyc.gov

If you are interested in seeing what type of work the students do, in May there will be a week long Spring Arts Festival, with film and fashion show events that week, and you can really see the caliber of work the students create at all grade levels and among all majors. The Drama Club’s performance of HAIR: The Musical will be opening soon, another opportunity to see what our fantastic kids are up to and what your child could become involved in.

Your first official interaction at the school will be during Freshman Orientation which this year is Thursday, June 6. More details to come, but as in years past this is when both you and your child will attend to fill out required paperwork, purchase the Freshman Art kit (subsidized by the PTA) take a picture for the student ID card, purchase items like gym apparel and SO Card (discount for the school art supplies store), and interact with the school staff and PTA about any issues or concerns you may have. The PTA hopes to have a parent panel where we will fill you in on what to expect and how to best prepare your child (and YOU!) for this new four-year adventure.

We are in the process of updating our bylaws and hope to have positions open for a Fall 2019 PTA election. This is specifically to encourage our Freshman parents to get involved!

One last thing, you may be a parent of an incoming Sophomore child, class of 2022. Again, congratulations! All the above applies to you, but most importantly your child will need to pick an art major right away. The PTA is holding a ‘Choose Your Major” information session that is of interest to all soon-to-be-sophomores in our April 4th PTA meeting, 6:30pm-8pm. You are welcome to attend if you think it will be helpful. As long as you registered at the link above you will get notice of our upcoming meeting.

So welcome aboard, and we truly hope the next four years will be a fantastic experience for your child!

2019 Winter Comedy Jam! – CANCELED

We’re sorry, but this event has been canceled.  We’ll try again later in the school year!

HSAD Drama Club Presents – Macbeth

Next General PTA Meeting November 8th 6:30pm

Please join us for our next PTA meeting on Thursday, November 8th – 6:30-8pm. After our normal PTA business, the topic of the month is COLLEGE. First, we will meet recent A&D graduates. They will discuss their experiences out in the real world and what they would tell their younger selves. Much wisdom forthcoming!  Second, A&D’s own College Office will introduce themselves.

And finally, the grand presentation is by two members of the New School’s staff:

Ivonnely Rafael– Assistant Director of Student Financial Services at The New School

Tina Thompson– Admission Counselor of Parsons Undergraduate at The New School

Financial Aid presentation from Ivonnely will include information on FAFSA, TAP, Scholarships & Student Loans. It will also go over how to understand a Cost of Attendance Budget & a review of the Verification and Satisfactory Academic Progress policies. Tina will go over the various programs offered at The New School and what is expected/reviewed in a admission application.

Please RSVP here so we can get an approximate head count.

The agenda for this meeting is here.

The unapproved October 2018 Meeting Minutes are here.

Next General PTA Meeting October 4th 6:30pm

Please join us for our next PTA meeting on October 4th – 6:30-8pm. Please welcome AP of Safety, Mr. McCalla. He will be joined by a member of the NYPD to discuss our school/building safety protocols and procedures.

We will also be raffling off an Apple Mac Mini w/ monitor! $10 a raffle ticket, more at a discount. Raffle is capped at 100 tickets. Help us reach out year-end goal of $70,000! There will be a vote on funding requests and an update on College Office initiatives.

Please RSVP here so we can get an approximate head count.

The agenda for this meeting is here.

The unapproved September 2018 Meeting Minutes are here.

High School Fairs-Round 1

Thanks to all the parents, students, and school staff for spending their weekend promoting and celebrating our fine school. Volunteer for the next High School Fair weekend October 12 and 13 here.