Kingsborough Early College School

2630 BENSON AVENUE
BROOKLYN NY 11214 Map
Phone: (718) 333-7850
Website: Click here
Admissions: Lottery middle school; screened high school
Principal: Connie Hamilton
Neighborhood: Gravesend
District: 21
Grade range: 6-12
Parent Coordinator: Genevieve Mercaldo
Humanities & Interdisciplinary

Buses: B1, B3, B4, B6, B64, B82

What's special:

Students may get two years' college credit

The downside:

Metal detectors in the building

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Kingsborough Early College Secondary School (KECSS) is on a mission to help neighborhood students, many of whom enter performing below grade level, improve their academic skills and make it to college. To that end, KECSS students may take college courses at Kingsborough Community College and many graduate from high school with two years of college credit, prepared to do college level work. 

The small school, serving grades 6–12, occupies the first floor and part of the basement of the Lafayette Educational Campus. Most students enter in the 6th grade, and there are very few seats for incoming 9th-graders. Students benefit from small classes, with fewer than 24 students in most middle school classrooms.

The school is part of the Early College Initiative at the City University of New York (CUNY), designed to better prepare students for college by exposing them to higher-level academics starting in middle school. Sixth- and 7th-graders take two periods of English every day to help prepare them for the rigors of college.

Principal Connie Hamilton, who founded the school in 2006, is "a very strong, very experienced leader," said Cass Conrad, an official with CUNY who offers support to the school. Teachers say Hamilton values good teaching and the school has high academic standards, according to annual surveys.

Rising 9th-graders participate in a required college-level health course during the summer before they enter the high school. It is the first of the dual credit courses offered—those that provide college as well as high school credit. The summer course helps integrate the new arrivals with continuing KECSS students. Subsequent college courses can include mathematics, English, science, history, Spanish and sociology. All students take a college-level art class.

An advisory program provides social-emotional supports. Students have the same advisor for all of middle school and then are assigned a new advisor who stays with them through the 9th and 10th grades. In 11th grade, the focus shifts to checking transcripts to make sure all students are on track for graduation.

Friday mornings are set aside for academic catch-up and review. Afternoons are devoted to school-wide enrichment, electives and projects based on students' interests such as the school newspaper, music, knitting, studio art, chess, fashion design, yoga and robotics. Students also produce and stage musicals, such as "Newsies" in 2015. Many former students return to volunteer their time by helping with the enrichment clusters. Still more than one-third of the students on the annual survey complain that there are not enough activities to keep them interested. In high school, in particular, the heavy academic course load leaves little time for other activities.

Algebra is offered to one-third of the 8th-grade class. Selection is based on state test grades and class test scores.

In high school, students must complete a three-year math sequence and pass trigonometry. To graduate, they need to receive a minimum score of 80 on the algebra Regents and a minimum of 75 on the English Regents.

Ongoing dialogue with college professors has helped Kingsborough refine its program, offering college-level courses that are more specific in focus and truly seem to prepare students for higher education. Ninth- and 10th-grade courses, including college biology, are taken at the high school and are taught by Kingsborough College instructors. Tenth-graders are assigned college exploration research projects which they present to their peers. Qualifying 11th- and 12th-graders are shuttled to and from the college by bus, spending half of their day in the high school, and half at the college. They have access to the college aquarium, science labs, computer labs, library and playing fields.

Most graduates go on to one of the CUNY schools, where they enter with an associate degree, or enough credits to qualify as a transfer student. Other popular college choices include SUNYs, Long Island University, Saint John's University, Pennsylvania State University and Pacific Union College in California.

The Lafayette building is both a plus and a minus. On the positive side, students may take part in a wide array of building-wide sports, including football. The building is easily accessible by subway and bus. On the negative side, students must pass through metal detectors. One assistant principal oversees security for all the schools in the building, and they have staggered hours. Still, campus safety remains a concern: Responding to a school survey, nearly one-third of students say they don't feel safe on the property outside the building.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school offers ICT (integrated co-teaching) classes.

ADMISSIONS: Lottery for 6th grade. Open to students in districts 20, 21 and 31. Current 8th-graders get priority for high school, and there are few spaces for new 9th-graders. High school admission is based on a combination of middle school grades, attendance, state test scores and a recommendation from a middle school guidance counselor. (Eliana Mascio, March 2015)

Middle InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

Lafayette Educational Campus

Number of Students 564

Average Daily Attendance 92%

Uniforms? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
7%

Black

  
27%

Hispanic

  
26%

White

  
39%

Free Lunch

  
75%

Special ed

  
16%

English Language Learners

  
1%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.76 2.60 CITYWIDE AVERAGE


1 = Far below grade level 2 = Below grade level 3 = At grade level 4 = Above grade level

Safety & vibe

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

51% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students say this school offers enough programs to keep them interested?

62% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE KIDS NICE?

How many students complain about bullying?

79% 71% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students say students at their school respect one another?

43% 57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?

78% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

94% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

89% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

23 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students are chronically absent?

23% 24% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam

39% 26% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ela exam

28% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the state science exam

92% 45% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS Prep

How many 8th graders pass high school regents exams?

Percent of 8th graders who take and pass the algebra regents:

34% 18% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 8th graders who take and pass a science regents:

0% 14% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How do graduates do in 9th grade?

Percent who pass all their classes freshman year:

96% 87% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:

NA 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

NA 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:

12% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

4% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:

29% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

29% 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

Percent of ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

NA 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of former ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

0% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

Lafayette Educational Campus

Number of Students 564

Average Daily Attendance 92%

Uniforms? Yes

Metal detectors? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
7%

Black

  
27%

Hispanic

  
26%

White

  
39%

Free Lunch

  
75%

Special ed

  
16%

English Language Learners

  
1%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: NA 2.40 CITYWIDE AVERAGE


1 = Far below grade level 2 = Below grade level 3 = At grade level 4 = Above grade level

Middle school students reading at grade level:

28% 24% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Middle school students doing math at grade level:

39% 28% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Safety & vibe

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

29 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

51% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

94% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

How many students say they feel safe in hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?

68% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?

78% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

26% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many students graduated within 4 years?

91% 73% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

NA 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many students graduated within 4 years?

NA 65% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates earned an advanced regents diploma within 4 years?

13% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

NA 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

1% 10% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

College prep

Does this school offer a college preparatory curriculum?

How many students took an AP or IB class and scored at least a "3" on the AP exam or a "4" on the IB exam?

NA

How Many Students took a College Course and Got a "C" or Higher?

NA

How many students passed a Regents exam for algebra 2, physics or chemistry?

NA

Are students ready for college?

How many students graduated in four years with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?

65% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

NA
418 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 497 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated in four years and enrolled in college?

NA 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

NA
426 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 513 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

Is the guidance counseling helpful?

How many students say that this school provides helpful counseling on college or job-seeking?

78% 76% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

NA 47% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

NA 54% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students with disabilities spend most of the day with non-disabled peers?

100% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say students with disabilities are included in all activities?

97% 89% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners graduated within 4 years?

37% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners graduated within 6 years?

56% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

School admission priorities:

  1. Priority to continuing 8th graders
  2. Then to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

Kingsborough Early College

Screened

Selection Criteria

  • English (70-100) , Math (70-100) , Science (70-100) , Social Studies (70-100)
  • Math Levels: Levels 2-4 ; English Language Arts Levels: Levels 2-4

There may be additional selection criteria, see the High School Directory for more information

Academics

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: All Subject Tutoring/Regents Preparation, Book, Broadcasting, Dance, Digital Photography, Drama, Guitar, School Newspaper, Set Design, Stepping, Tae Kwon Do, Student Advisory Council

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball & JV Basketball, Football & JV Football, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Bowling, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball

Other schools sports: Basketball, Flag Football, Flag Rugby, Lacrosse, Volleyball

Source: High school directory

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