School Details

New Design High School

350 Grand St, New York, NY 10002
(212) 475-4148

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 422 students 11 students/teacher (NY avg is 13)

Test Scores by grade


Regents Exams (RE)

In 2011-2012 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English language arts, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, earth science, physics and several foreign languages. The results for English language arts, math, living environment, chemistry, earth science, physics, global history and geography, and US history and government are displayed in GreatSchools profiles. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • New York City Geographic District # 2 average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

New Design High School is a public high school in New York. The principal of New Design High School is MR. SCOTT CONTI, whose e-mail is 422 students go to New Design High School and identify as Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Black, non-Hispanic. 6% of the New Design High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 87% of the 422 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at New Design High School is 11:1. Lower Manhattan Arts Academy is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Theater drama

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 62% 37%
Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 22%
Black, non-Hispanic 30% 21%
Asian 3% %
White, non-Hispanic 3% 20%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 0.6%
Multiracial 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 87% 59%
Limited English proficiency 6% 11%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Words cannot express how much I love this school for my son! He has made so much progress and the Teachers are always I mean always willing to go above and beyond! The principal is awesome too. The kids are all good and I haven't heard or scene any questionable behavior. The office staff is great too. Parent Teacher meetings are always a pleasure. My son has always struggled with attention and work completion but they know how to help him. Iam grateful. He came from Global Leaders jhs and boy were they a nightmere this school is a dream.

  • (1 year ago)

    im currently a senior graduating june 26 2014 and i have to say that this school really has been apart of my life. such an amazing school with amazing teachers who are down to earth

  • (2 years ago)

    i love my school soooo much its amazing even if your a person who isnt into design our principle is amazing the teachers are incredible and their are a lot of helpfull programs to help you sucess in school

  • (3 years ago)

    im a 9th grader going on 10th this year 2011-2012 . i love the school they have great teachers and the teachers really know how to help you and make sure you accomplish.

  • (7 years ago)

    This school is amazing. Such a refreshing school curriculum

  • (7 years ago)

    This school is not set up to handle teens who vary out of the norm - e.g. I have a child who has a tumultous history is in foster care and needed some real attention and they were unable to address effectively even though I sat with them and talked to them about how to handle. This is not a good school for kids who have out of the ordinary needs.

  • (7 years ago)

    Listen I was a bit skeptical about going to a school in Seward as for its reputation but once I settle into New Design in their own floor--which I am grateful for---I felt I welcomed with open arms. The teachers are the coolest they want you to succeed and the connection between student and teacher is like no other its really like they are your good friend. I say its because we call them by their first name. But I find that so great. Designing is a great thing to do there. We try to make sturdy chairs out of cardboard we build our own car from chopsticks we make solid shaped cars and see whose goes the furtherest we have contests every other month or so and you get win some things. No matter whom you are dressed or different background you will be accepted.

  • (7 years ago)

    New Design has been by far the best school i've ever been too its a shame i will not be returning next year. In my opinion NDHS has been a home away from home. where students and teachers were equal. it has been a pleaser spending the last four years of my life at such an enviroment -Juan III

See all reviews on GreatSchools

Overall score

(based on 8 ratings & reviews)

  • Teacher quality
  • Principal leadership
  • Parent involvement


Elementary Schools

Middle Schools

High Schools