A pioneer in art and design education since its founding in 1896, Parsons The New School for Design has cultivated outstanding artists, designers, scholars, businesspeople, and community leaders for more than a century. Today, when design thinking is increasingly being employed to solve complex global problems, Parsons is leading new approaches to art and design education. At the Academy, students develop skills in drawing, painting, animation design, portfolio development, product design and graphic design.

Parsons also offers a Certificate Program for students in grades 9-12 who plan to apply to colleges of art and design. Participants entering the 12th grade can enroll in a portfolio course to prepare for college admission. In the summer, the Academy offers two-week long intensive courses. In addition, pre-college students age 16 or older may also enroll in Parsons Summer Intensive Studies programs in either New York or Paris for college credit. The Parsons Pre-College Academy sharpens students’ natural talent and supplements their school’s arts education.

The Parsons College Preparation Scholarship Program is a three-year program for New York City public school sophomores. Through this program, student scholars study design at the college level, develop the skills necessary to gain admittance to art and design colleges, and explore the range of design career choices.


A-List developed a customized SAT preparation program with Parsons The New School for Design’s Pre-College Scholars Class of 2011. The eight-week SAT program not only intends to get scholars SAT ready, but to empower students as they endeavor to realize their potential through higher education. For the duration of the course, an expert A-List instructor employed our tested methodologies and proprietary materials, like the A-List Book of Knowledge and Vocab Videos, to equip scholars with the knowledge and skills needed to master the SAT. A-List continues to provide an intensive 24-hr SAT preparation course for the Parsons Pre-College Scholars programs each spring.

In 2012, Parsons students had an average SAT score improvement of +166 SAT points.

In 2013, Parsons students had an average SAT score improvement of +145 SAT points.

Spring 2014 average score imp: +141 SAT points