Award Year: 2020

Williamsburg High School For Architecture and Design

257 North 6th Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11211-3324

(718) 388-1260

Mr. Gill J Cornell, Principal at time of Nomination

New York City Geographic District #14

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Mission

Williamsburg High School for Architecture and Design offers students a unique and engaging four-year course sequence with a focus on architectural drafting, design principles, and historic preservation. Our inter-disciplinary and hands-on approach to architecture, design, and the visual arts integrates internship experiences and skills training throughout core academic content areas with the goal of sending off our graduates with the ability to navigate college and the workforce autonomously.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 28%
  • White: 8%
  • Hispanic: 60%
  • Asian: 2%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 1%
Application
WHSAD students applying classroom studies to real world work sites.

WHSAD students applying classroom studies to real world work sites.

Located in one of New York City's premier neighborhoods along the Brooklyn waterfront, Williamsburg High School for Architecture and Design (WHSAD) offers students a unique and engaging four-year course sequence with a focus on architectural drafting, design principles, and historic preservation. Our inter-disciplinary and hands-on approach to architecture, design, and the visual arts integrates internship experiences and skills training throughout core academic content areas.

WHSAD students can earn a Career & Technical Education (CTE) endorsed diploma in Architectural Drafting & Design and college credit(s) upon graduation from our program. We designed WHSAD to serve all students in New York City who express interest in our Architecture program. Being an unscreened program, we welcome students solely by their interest rather than by their academic prowess, and generally attract students below grade level in both English Language Arts and Mathematics. Our school has proven that all students can succeed, no matter who they are or where they come from. We achieved four-year graduation rates of over 90% for close to a decade, including a graduation rate of 98% in both 2018 and 2019. Our four-year sequence ensures every student receives an educational experience that is challenging, equitable and, most importantly, affords the same opportunities as schools serving higher performing students.