It Takes a Village Academy
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It Takes a Village Academy
Buses: B17, B35, B46, B47, B7, B8
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)
At a glance
Number of Students 608
Average Daily Attendance 92%
Metal detectors? Yes
INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.32 2.39 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Safety & vibe
ARE CLASSES BIG?
Number of students in an average english classNA 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 Many Students are Chronically Absent?19% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Class of 2015
How many students passed a Regents exam for algebra 2, physics or chemistry?29%
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
Programs and Admissions
This program prepares students for college and careers in medicine, dentistry, allied health professions, science, and math.
It Takes A Village Academy
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.
AP COURSES: AP Biology, AP English, AP US Government and Politics, AP US History
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