Green School: An Academy for Environmental Careers

223 GRAHAM AVENUE
BROOKLYN NY 11206 Map
Phone: (718) 599-1207
Website: Click here
Admissions: Citywide
Principal: CARA TAIT
Neighborhood: Williamsburg/ Greenpoint
District:14
Grade range: 9-12
Humanities & Interdisciplinary
Citywide

Buses: B24, B43, B46, B48, B60, Q54, Q59

What's special:

Environmental and social justice theme

The downside:

Low attendance rates

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

At the Green School, students may paint a mural about climate change [see photo from school website] or go on a school-wide camping trip. In recent years, the school has expanded its theme of environmental sustainability to include personal and cultural preservation.

The school faces some challenges. The attendance is poor and the graduation rate is below the city average.  The school doors are open to all, and the low graduation rates may reflect the school’s large population of students with special needs. One in five students receive special education services and one in ten students is overage.

The school has gone through changes. Founding principal Karali Pitzele left and was replaced by Cara Tait in January 2012. Tait is moving the school from its original alternative model to become a more traditional school, but the details are still in flux. “We’re definitely moving to a much more traditional model and really trying to up the academic rigor so that students are better prepared to move onto post-secondary,” Dorita James, the school’s coordinator of special education, said in a telephone interview.

James says the school plans to maintain its half-day per week internship program, even though it didn’t pan out for most students in 2012. “The internships are a major component of the school that we don’t want to lose,” James said.

Unfortunately, there are some discipline problems. There are some complaints of fights, and one-third of the students responding to the 2012 Learning Environment Survey said teachers are not treated with respect. 

The school has adopted a restorative justice model to teach children to mediate low-level conflicts themselves, James said. Freshmen have biweekly classes in student mediation and a couple upperclassmen serve as conflict mediators, James said.

Kids may leave the Green School for lunch. The school does not have metal detectors but school security officers conduct bimonthly random searches, a teacher, Stephanie Samuel, told us at the high school fair. Students are not required to wear uniforms. They are allowed to have cell phones in the building but not in class. Some students have access to lockers but not all.

The Green School is on the second floor of the IS 49 building, shared with several other high schools. The schools share club sports after-school.

Special education: The school offers team-taught classes with two teachers, one of whom is certified in special education certified. It also offers Special Education Teacher Support Services for extra help in small groups either in or outside the classroom. Special education students may participate in the school’s internship program, said James.

College: The school has a full-time college counselor.

Admissions: Limited unscreened. (Anna Schneider, compiled from DOE data, the school’s website, and interviews with school staff, November 2012)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the building with Lyons Community School and the Brooklyn Latin School

Number of Students 328

Average Daily Attendance 75%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
1%

Black

  
42%

Hispanic

  
56%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
86%

Special ed

  
23%

English Language Learners

  
18%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.60 2.80 CITYWIDE AVERAGE


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

Safety & vibe

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

22 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

60% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

59% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

81% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

56% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

65% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

49% 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

63% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

69% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

72% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

14% 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?

0%

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

8%

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

1%

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?

5% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

374
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2009 freshmen graduated in four years and enrolled in college?

54%

SAT math scores

356
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?

75% 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?

50% 45% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

50% 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

98% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

75% 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 New York City residents who attend an information session
  2. Then to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

Green School: An Academy for Environmental Careers

Limited Unscreened

Academics

AP COURSES: Calculus AB, World History

Online: Calculus AB, World History

Language classes: American Sign Language, Spanish

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Anime, Dance, Drama, Environmental Action, Gaming, Green Honors, Greenpoint Youth Court, Hip-Hop Poetry, Homework Zone, Law and Environmental Policy, Music Production, Peer Mediation, Science Honors, Step, Step/Dance Team, Student Events Committee, Student Government, Student Recycling and Greening Committee, Talent Production, Talent Show, Theater Productions

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: N/A

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: N/A

Other schools sports: Basketball, Runners Club, Soccer, Volleyball, Weight Training

Source: High school directory

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