At the corner of Clark and Hudson Street, in the midst of one of the most eclectic neighborhoods in New York City lies an alternative type of school, where the students go to learn real life skills, and aren’t burdened with meaningless things like SOLVING FOR X.
Most of the students at this school either failed out of, refused to go to or were just bored with traditional high schools and needed an educational experience that better fit their needs.
The only alternative high school of its kind in the city, students spend just two to three days in the classroom and the rest of their week around the city at various internships through which they earn academic credit. There are no tests or class years either; students simply complete a portfolio of papers and projects in order to graduate.
Since its beginning in 1972, City-As-School has drastically grown to offer students 300 internship choices, include in-house psychologists, guidance counselors and social workers and provide students with academic credit in math, science, English and history.
While this school seems to be best suited for the more “artistic type”, this could also be a great alternative for students who thrive in less rigid and more “hands on” environments. A list of notable alumni include Brooklyn born international art star Jean-Michel Basquiat, Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boyz, DJ Enuff, actors Mekhi Phifer and Malik Yoba and Brooklyn born rapper Mos Def.
Want to learn more about the school? Visit its website here.