High School for Arts and Business
|High School for Arts and Business|
|School district||New York City Department of Education District 24|
|Faculty||48.0 (on FTE basis)|
|Grades||9 to 12|
|Student to teacher ratio||16.6|
|Athletics conference||Public School Athletic League|
As of May 2008, HSAB is the top school in all of New York City, and is voted 219 on the list of top High Schools in the nation. The school, which serves grades 9 through 12, is a part of the New York City Department of Education, and has an overall 90% graduation rate with most students going to college. The school is close to the Long Island Expressway minutes away from shopping stores, and businesses. Arts and Business ranked 223 on Newsweek Magazine's 2006 list of the country's best public high schools. It was the highest-ranked of New York City's schools, of which nine made the 1,139-school list. It is 21 in all of NYC. The rankings evaluated schools by the ratio of Advanced Placement exams taken by the number of students graduating.
The building was previously utilized as a bowling alley. Later, on February 1, 1973, the building was first occupied as a school, Newtown High School Annex. The building once known as " the windowless building" now has windows on the first and second floors. The building that was once a bowling alley, but manages to make good use of its limited facilities. Common areas are clean and decorated with student work. There are no outdoor fields or gym, but physical education classes take place in a dance/aerobics room and well-equipped weight room.
The schools sports are baseball for boys, track for both boys and girls, soccer for boys and girls, and handball for boys and girls.
The Rachel's Challenge was held and it was enjoyed by many on May 24, 2007.
The school is also the site for the Yabc in Queens, a program that is dedicated to help students who are 17 years old or older achieve their high school diploma from their base high school
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