Seward Park Campus
The Seward Park Campus is a "vertical campus" of the New York City Department of Education located at 350 Grand Street at the corner of Essex Street in the Lower East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. It was the location of the former Seward Park High School, a now-closed comprehensive high school.
The school began as P.S. 62 Intermediate, an intermediate school. In 1923 the school pursued an experimental path as a combined junior-senior high school. Two years later, it transformed to a strictly senior high school, with Robert Brodie serving as its first high school principal. Owing to construction of a subway extension from the Sixth Avenue Subway, the school was relocated to the site of a courthouse and the Ludlow Street Jail. The new building was completed in 1929.
The school experienced a decline in performance and graduated its last class in June 2006. The building now houses five different small schools: the High School for Dual Language and Asian Studies, New Design High School, the Essex Street Academy — formerly the High School for History and Communication, the Lower Manhattan Arts Academy, and the Urban Assembly Academy of Government and Law. The small schools showed graduation rates which were much improved over that of the old comprehensive school. Seward Park High School's graduation rate in 2001 was 32%, while the graduation rates of the smaller schools in 2012 were:
- High School for Dual Language and Asian Studies – 92.5%
- Lower Manhattan arts Academy – 80%
- New Design High School – 79.1%
- Urban Assembly Academy of Government and Law – 78.3%
- Essex Street Academy – 76.5%
The campus offers programs on Saturdays where students can come in and participate in activities such as SAT prep, cooking, and Open Gym. The school refers to this program as the "Super Saturday Program". The current principal is Erin Carstensen; the logo is a phoenix.
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