School Policies


In order for all our scholar’s to achieve to their highest potential, we hold these expectations:

Gotham Scholars will:

  • come to school each day on time wearing appropriate NYC DOE dress code;
  • complete all their schoolwork all of the time;
  • follow directions from any GOTHAM adults respectfully and immediately;
  • ask questions when they do not understand something;
  • conduct themselves in a way that makes them, their family, and their community proud;
  • help when they see that help is needed; and
  • set goals and work to achieve them

Gotham Parents/Guardian will:

  • ensure that Gotham Scholars arrive at school each day on time wearing the appropriate NYC DOE dress code;
  • check that scholars have completed their schoolwork each day;
  • remain updated on the academic progress throughout the year of the scholar;
  • talk to their children often about their goals and help them to achieve them

Gotham Faculty will:

  • come to school each day prepared to engage our scholars in challenging lessons;
  • make themselves available to scholars and their families outside of class;
  • keep parents informed about their child's academic and social progress;
  • act as a role model for our youngsters (by being on time, prepared at all times. and always actively listening/learning about the needs of their scholars, etc.);
  • create units and lessons that are engaging to scholars and prepare them for high school and college to make sure that each scholar is successful.

By holding each other and ourselves to these expectations, and by always putting the needs of our children first, we will ensure that all of our children grow academically, socially, and emotionally, graduating prepared for college to become great leaders and active citizens of our community.


The Gotham's curriculum is designed to strengthen basic skills while developing critical thinking and a connection to the wider world. Homework plays a vital role in this progress.

The purpose of homework is:

  1. To reinforce and extend skills introduced during class that requires more time to attain mastery than the school hours provide.
  2. To provide different avenues for experiencing and understanding that material presented in class.
  3. To help Scholars develop intellectual indolence and responsibility.
  4. To make a connection between the home and school by providing an opportunity for Scholars to share their work at home.


Scholars at Gotham are given approximately two hours of homework each night (this breaks up into about 1/2 hour per core subject area). The type and frequency of homework vary from class to class. Teachers are responsible for designing and assigning the homework, and they give specific deadlines. Gotham Scholars, need to start organizing and become aware of upcoming classes and the assignments that are due.


We have a mandatory, zero-tolerance, NO TALKING policy from beginning to end the fire drill. This is a safety issue. Any student found talking will be require an meeting with the Dean and parents/guardian. The specifics of exiting the building during a fire drill will be explained to scholars by their teachers.


Students are prohibited from gang involvement or gang activities while at school, at any school facility, at any school-sponsored activity, or on a school bus. Gang activities and gang involvement are described as (not limited to):

  1. Wearing, possessing, using, distributing, displaying, or selling any clothing, jewelry, emblems, badges, symbols, signs, graffiti, or any other affiliation in any gang.
  2. Committing any act or omission, or using any speech, either verbal or non-verbal (i.e.: gestures, handshakes, etc.), showing membership or affiliation in a gang.
  3. Using any speech or committing any act or omission in furtherance of the interest of any gang or gang activity, including but not limited to:

• Soliciting others for membership in any gang.

• Requesting any person to pay for protection or otherwise intimidating or threatening any person.

• Inciting other students to act with physical violence upon any other person.

• Engaging in concert with others in intimidating, fighting, assaulting, or threatening to assault others.

• Committing any other illegal act or other violation of schools district policies.


Every student has the right to attend Gotham and school-related activities free from all forms of discrimination on the basis of gender, race, sexuality, disability, or any other reason. Gotham considers all forms of harassment to be serious and will consider the full range of disciplinary options, up to and including expulsion.

Sexual harassment: All students are expected to treat one another courteously, with respect for the other person's feelings; to avoid any behaviors known to be offensive; to stop these behaviors when asked or told to stop. All students are prohibited from engaging in offensive verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature directed towards one another. Sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to unwelcome sexual advances, request for sexual favors, or other inappropriate verbal, written, or physical conduct a sexual nature directed towards any other individual. Anyone who is harassed in any way should contact his/her advisor, the social worker or guidance counselor, a teacher, the dean, or the principal immediately to report the offense.

Cell Phone Policy

Following a vote by the Panel for Education Policy on February 25, 2015, Chancellor's Regulation A-413 now permits students to bring cell phones and other electronic devices to school. In accordance with this regulation, the cell phone and electronic device policy at Gotham Professional Arts Academy is the following:

  • Students may bring cell phones, computing devices and portable music and entertainment systems to school, but they may not be turned on or used at school unless specifically stated for an instructional purpose by a teacher and/or school leadership.
  • Ear buds, Bluetooth hearing devices and the like are to be turned off and put away upon entry to school.
  • Should a student need to contact a parent or guardian all students use the main office phones to place such phone call.
  • Should a parent or guardian need to contact his or her child the expectation is that the parent or guardian contact the school at
  • 718.455.0746

Failure to adhere to above-mentioned expectation will result in:

  • The confiscation of the cell phone or electronic device from the scholar.
  • Parent or guardian will be required to pick up such device from a school official, with a meeting
  • After two (2) infractions, and depending on the infraction, the scholar will lose their right to bring their cell phones to school.

If you should have any questions or concerns regarding our cell phone and electronic device policy please feel free to contact the school at 718.455.0746

Bell Schedule

Period 1 8:45-9:43 am Tuesdays Students have Lunch and Leave at 1:28pm (dismissal at 2:03pm)

Period 2 9:45-10:43 am

Period 3 10:45-11:58 am

Period 4 12:00-12:43 pm

Period 5 12:43-1:28 pm

Period 6 1:28-2:03 pm

Period 7 2:05-3:05 pm