Academy For Young Writers (19K404)

  • Geographic District 19
  • Grades Served: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Student Enrollment: 600
  • Admissions: Limited Unscreened (priority given to students in District 19)
  • Average Daily Attendance: 90%
  • 4 Year Graduation Rate: 85%
  • College Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Uniforms? No.
  • Metal Detectors? No.

Young Writers' History

The Academy for Young Writers opened its doors in the fall of 2006 to 106 9th grade students.  We graduated our first class in 2010 and have graduated between 80-90% of our students the past four years. We’ve earned As and Bs on our past NYC Progress Reports and a score of Well-Developed on our comprehensive Quality The school’s vision was developed by Carolyn Yaffe, AFYW’s founding principal, with the belief that high school should prepare a student for college and the world beyond college by developing the critical thinking skills and the interpersonal skills necessary to function in the 21st century. We are a part of a small schools movement that began in the late 1980s and early 1990s in New York City.  Our primary goal is to create a college preparatory program for our students so that they have as many options after graduating as possible.  To this end, we use writing across all areas of our curriculum as a tool for generating comprehension and retaining knowledge.  While we do celebrate creative writing, our name derives from the belief that all forms of writing help a person to become better educated and more expressive.  Writing is the vehicle through which students become critical thinkers. The work we do to prepare students to become critical thinkers includes real world Exhibitions designed through the lens of Habits of Mind, Portfolio Assessments and Roundtables and Design Your Own Assessments, which are curriculum embedded periodic assessments.  Another important piece to helping our students ready themselves socially for the world beyond high school is our Advisory class.  Each grade level has developed a curriculum that meets the unique needs of their students, whether it’s 9th grade orientation to high school or 12th grade career research.  Advisory is the place where students feel known and supported in engaging in the work of our school. In 2013, we began the work of expanding our high school to become a 6-12 secondary school. It is our hope that the seven year Young Writers experience will even better prepare students for life after school.