New Design High School students during a G:Class seminar with Florian Idenburg, SANAA project architect for the New Museum’s new building, 2006.
New Design High School students during a G:Class seminar with Florian Idenburg, SANAA project architect for the New Museum’s new building, 2006.

New Design High School is a developing, small, design-focused high school located on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in the Seward Park Campus. NDHS applies the concepts of design to the academic, intellectual, social, emotional, and artistic needs of its students. NDHS integrates the ideas, concepts, and processes of design into a progressive high school academic curriculum. The school believes that exploring the design process allows students to benefit from a more experiential form of inquiry-based education. NDHS believes that when students are engaged in the process of designing, they are learning to observe, identify needs, frame problems, work collaboratively, weigh alternatives, explore and assess solutions, and communicate their ideas verbally, graphically and physically.

City-As-School is an external or experiential learning model for high school students. Founded as an independent alternative high school in 1972, City-As-School’s primary objective is to offer students a multitude of learning experiences that encompass the depth and breadth of New York City’s businesses and resources. City-As-School students are 11th and 12th grade transfer students (entering CAS with a minimum of twenty credits), and come from any of the public, private or parochial schools within the five boroughs of New York City. City-As-School maintains three campuses, located in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx. City-As-School utilizes the facilities of over 500 New York City businesses and organizations at which students participate in professional activities. These educational resources, along with classroom instruction, form the basis of learning in all academic areas. All student-learning experiences are designed to provide fundamental information and skills acquisition through the attainment of practical knowledge.

The Beacon School offers a dynamic, inquiry-based curriculum for students that aims to exceed standards set by the New York State Regents. Technology and arts are integral to the college preparatory curriculum. Each year, students must present performance-based projects to panels of teachers, pass New York State Regents tests, and do community service in order to graduate. Arts instruction and technology are infused throughout the curriculum so that students can maximize the ways in which they see, represent, and impact their world. Beacon strives to create a collaborative work environment that nurtures intellectual diversity, prepares students to attend an institution of higher learning, and to become active citizens in their larger communities. Beacon encourages a strong sense of community through its advisory system, caring faculty and staff, and extensive extra-curricular and sports programs.

Pace High School started in 2004 as a collaboration between Pace University, the New Century High Schools Initiative, New Visions for Schools, and the New York City Department of Education. The Pace High School mission is to create a college-oriented, student-centered environment where there are high expectations for students to produce serious work. Central to Pace’s role as a small high school is that every students is known well and is appreciated for his or her unique talents and contributions. To this end, Pace’s high school curriculum and practices are tailored to the individual needs of students to the maximum extent possible. Working in close collaboration with Pace University’s School of Education and its faculty, the school shares the extensive resources of the entire University with significant access to classes, libraries, computer labs, and recreational facilities, providing extraordinary learning opportunities for students.

High School for Dual Language and Asian Studies is dedicated to preparing its students to meet the challenges of the 21st century. We are devoted to providing quality instruction and guidance counseling to promote the academic and social development of our students as well as their linguistic capacity, cultural appreciation, and international and global awareness. Our goal is for each of our students to grow intellectually, morally, socially, culturally and personally so they are ready for the next stage of their education and are able to realize their full potential.

G:Class Partners

The New Museum partners with New York City public high schools to explore the important connections between contemporary art practice and broader cultural and social issues. G:Class aims to provide teachers with tools to integrate and contextualize contemporary art in their curricula and cultivate students’ critical thinking and visual literacy skills in the classroom and at the Museum.