It Takes a Village Academy

5800 TILDEN AVENUE
BROOKLYN NY 11203 Map
Phone: (718) 629-2307
Website: Click here
Admissions: Unscreened
Principal: M Vinitskaya
Neighborhood: East Flatbush
District: 18
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: DEBORAH RAYMOND
Science & Math
Health Professions
Computer Science & Technology

Buses: B17, B35, B46, B47, B7, B8

What's special:

High graduation rate, award-winning robotics team.

The downside:

Students must pass through metal detectors.

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

It Takes A Village Academy, a small school in the Tilden Educational Campus, is successful helping new immigrants graduate on time—even if they had limited schooling in their home country. Nearly 40 percent of the student body is still learning English, and most enter 9th high school reading below grade level. Nonetheless, more than 90 percent graduate in four years, well above the citywide average.

Every teacher knows every student, and the interactions in the hallways are friendly and informal. Students say their teachers inspire them to learn. The teachers respect Principal Marina Vinitskaya, and say that she is very diligent, organized, consistent, and supportive. Teachers feel that they have a real stake in the school and that the administration values their opinions and input.

The principal is passionate about curriculum planning. She has figured out a way to help students earn more credits each year than at a typical high school by extending the school day from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. and by adding several one-credit classes, such as a literacy course called, "The History of Math." We saw a color-coded word wall in a math class--rare in a high school but organized in a way that would be very helpful to students learning. English Many of them speak Haitian or French at home; others speak Spanish, Bengali, Chinese, and Arabic.

Students are encouraged to participate in campus-wide Tilden athletics and the Robotics Program at Brooklyn College. The robotics team has won competitions, beating out selective public and private schools.

Although teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school and most students say they feel safe in class, more than one-third say they don’t feel safe in the neighborhood outside the school, according to the Learning Environment Survey. Students must pass through metal detectors to enter the building. The building, once run down and gloomy, has been fixed up, with a renovated playing field, well-kept gyms and a refurbished auditorium.

Special education: Students may get extra help called Special Education Teacher Support Services (SETSS). Counseling is also available.

Admissions: Priority to students who attend an information session. (Lindsey Whitton Christ, October 2008, updated with statistics and photos 2012)

 

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Samuel J. Tilden Educational Campus with two other schools

Number of Students 608

Average Daily Attendance 92%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
1%

Black

  
89%

Hispanic

  
6%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
66%

Special ed

  
13%

English Language Learners

  
14%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.32 2.39 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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

80% 74% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

90% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

60% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

19% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2015

How many students graduated within 4 years?

91% 69% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

7% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

93% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

3% 9% 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?

2%

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

71%

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

29%

Are students ready for college?

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

19% 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

374
424 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 495 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

83% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

364
432 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 511 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

Is the guidance counseling helpful?

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

NA 48% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

NA 57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners graduated within 4 years?

48% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners graduated within 6 years?

56% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

Science Institute

Ed. Opt.

This program prepares students for college and careers in medicine, dentistry, allied health professions, science, and math.

It Takes A Village Academy

Limited Unscreened

Engineering Academy

Ed. Opt.

Provides students with computer literacy, engineering design, maintenance skills, knowledge of programming languages and the ability to solve programs through programming; four-year program includes literacy, maintenance ,and repair.

Academics

AP COURSES: AP Biology, AP English, AP US Government and Politics, AP US History

Source: High school directory 2015-2016

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Art, Chorus, Dance, G-12 Science Program with Brooklyn College, G-12 Technology Program with NYU, MEC and KBCC, Local Community Service in Hospitals and Banks, Math Challenge, Model United Nations, Modern Dance Program, Multimedia, Music, ŒïPeace Corps FellowsŒÍ After-School Program, Peer Tutoring, Robotics, Theater, Film, Swimming.

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Volleyball

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Flag Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball

Other schools sports: Basketball, Football, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field

Source: High school directory 2015-2016

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