Kingsborough Early College School

2630 BENSON AVENUE
BROOKLYN NY 11214 Map
Phone: (718) 333-7850
Website: Click here
Principal: CONNIE HAMILTON
Neighborhood: Bensonhurst
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 School offers students the chance to take college courses at Kingsborough Community College. Some may even graduate from high school with two years of college credit. Classes are small, about 22 students in each.

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.

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.

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 the principal values good teaching and the school has high academic standards, according to the Learning Environment Survey. Most teachers say they would recommend the school to a friend.

Fridays are set aside for “school-wide enrichment,” electives and projects based on students’ interests. These enrichment classes may be academic (such as one in which students dissect a frog), artistic (such as a pottery class) or practical (such as a cooking class), Conrad said.

College professors come to the high school to offer beginning college-level classes. More advanced students may take classes on the campus of Kingsborough Community College. The high school provides buses to take students to the college.

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. On the negative side, students must pass through metal detectors. More than one-quarter of students say they don’t feel safe on the property outside the building and more than one-third of teachers say there are problems with order and discipline.

The students at the various schools in the building are kept apart. Start times are staggered to minimize interaction with students from the other schools, and Kingsborough students have the cafeteria to themselves during lunch.

Special education: The school offers Integrated Co-Teaching (ICT) classes.

Admissions: Open to students in districts 20, 21 and 31. Lottery for 6th grade. Current 8th graders get priority for 9th grade, and there are few spaces for new 9th graders. Students applying for 9th grade should attend an open house, bringing their report card and a letter of recommendation from a teacher. (Clara Hemphill, Eliana Mascio, interviews and open house, November 2012)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

Lafayette Educational Campus

Number of Students 551

Average Daily Attendance 92%

Uniforms? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
7%

Black

  
25%

Hispanic

  
24%

White

  
43%

Free Lunch

  
75%

Special ed

  
15%

English Language Learners

  
2%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.92 2.80 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?

26% 24% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 math exam

33% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ela exam

30% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 science exam

89% 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS Prep

How many 8th graders pass high school regents exams?

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

42% 21% 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:

94% 85% 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 2014 math exam:

NA 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ELA exam:

NA 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 math exam:

3% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ELA exam:

0% 4% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 math exam:

0% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ELA exam:

0% 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

Percent of ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ELA exam:

NA 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of former ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ELA exam:

0% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

Lafayette Educational Campus

Number of Students 551

Average Daily Attendance 92%

Uniforms? Yes

Metal detectors? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
7%

Black

  
25%

Hispanic

  
24%

White

  
43%

Free Lunch

  
75%

Special ed

  
15%

English Language Learners

  
2%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 3.20 2.80 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:

32% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Middle school students doing math at grade level:

35% 24% 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 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

91% 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

NA 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many -4 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

NA 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen earned an advanced regents diploma within 4 years?

NA 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many -6 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

NA 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

NA 11% 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?

1%

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

97%

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

28%

Are students ready for college?

How many 2009 freshmen graduated in four years with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?

65% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

475
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

How many 0 freshmen graduated in four years and enrolled in college?

NA

SAT math scores

483
425 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 514 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 starting school in 2008 graduated within 4 years?

NA 45% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students starting school in 2006 graduated within 6 years?

NA 53% 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 starting school in 2008 graduated within 4 years?

40% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners starting school in 2006 graduated within 6 years?

58% 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: 2-4 ; English Language Arts Levels: 2-4

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

Academics

AP COURSES: N/A

Online: N/A

Language classes: Spanish

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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