Victory Collegiate High School

6565 FLATLANDS AVENUE
BROOKLYN NY 11236 Map
Phone: (718) 968-1530
Website: Click here
Principal: MARCEL D. DEANS
Neighborhood: Canarsie
District:18
Grade range: 9-12
Humanities & Interdisciplinary

Buses: B47, B6, B82

What's special:

Creative projects, high graduation rate

The downside:

Far from nearest subway, most grads need remediation in college

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Victory Collegiate, housed in the South Shore Educational Complex, has high academic standards and a family-like atmosphere, according to the Department of Education's Quality Review. Even though most students begin 9th grade with poor academic skills, most graduate on time.

"They don't give up, because we don't give up on them," founding principal Marcel Deans said in a video produced by the Institute for Student Achievement, one of the school's partners. Deans, who has a masters degree from Bank Street College and who taught at the Institute for Collaborative Education (ICE) in Manhattan, has incorporated some of that progressive school's practices, such as classes based on projects and a Town Hall meeting where students may voice their opinions.

Students seem to have a good rapport with the principal and staff. "The principal is out in the hallway every day shaking hands and encouraging kids to be safe and make good decisions,” said Malika Bibbs, a Department of Education official who offers support to the school. The school has had considerable success with students who are still learning English and those who have had their formal education interrupted; it has "highly motivated students" and teachers who have "high expectations," according to the Quality Review.

In the 2011-12 Learning Environment Survey, over 90 percent of students report feeling challenged and supported academically and more than 90 percent of teachers said that the school sets high standards for student learning. While nearly all students said they felt safe in class, more than one in five said they had some safety concerns about the property outside the school. South Shore is in an isolated area, far from the nearest subway.

The school opened in September 2007, and graduated its first class in 2011. While most graduates need to take remedial classes if they go to CUNY, at least one was admitted to Penn State.

Students meet with their faculty advisor twice a day. Seniors participate in internships and externships at a variety of businesses on Thursdays and Fridays. Students might mentor at an elementary school or help out in a law firm.

Deans has an open door policy with his teachers. “A principal’s job is to honor and take care of the hands that take care of your children,” stated Deans in the ISA video. All the teachers responding to the survey said they trust the principal and feel supported by him. “[Teachers] are happy, invested in the school and have leadership opportunities,” Bibbs said.

Afterschool, students have access to building-wide PSAL sports, including golf, in addition to clubs like cheerleading, fashion design and knitting. Though the South Shore Complex has worked to shed its stigma as a violent place, students must still pass through metal detectors.

Special education: The school is fully integrated with ICT classes and SETSS.

Admissions: Priority to students who attend an information session. (Aryn Bloodworth, interviews and DOE statistics, November 2012)

InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

South Shore Educational Campus

Number of Students 332

Average Daily Attendance 89%

Uniforms? Yes

Metal detectors? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
1%

Black

  
90%

Hispanic

  
7%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
77%

Special ed

  
20%

English Language Learners

  
2%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.70 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

28 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

74% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

80% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

86% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

70% 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?

87% 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

87% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

89% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

4% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

NA 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

4% 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?

3%

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

11%

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

14%

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?

20% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

393
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

63%

SAT math scores

396
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?

44% 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?

57% 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

Victory Collegiate High School

Limited Unscreened

Opportunity for academic growth and career exploration through technology and course material.

Academics

AP COURCES: English Language and Composition

Online: Economics: Macro, English Literature and Composition, World History

Language classes: French, Spanish

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Big Sibs/Little Sibs, Peer Mentoring, Academic Enrichment, Art, Cheerleading, Chorus, College Prep Workshops, Dance Group, Drama, Fashion Design and Modeling, French, Homework Help, JumpStart Program (Monroe College), Knitting, Literary Magazine, National Honor Society, Newspaper, Student Government, Victory Scholars’ Society, Chess Club, Fitness Club

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball & JV Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Fencing, Football & JV Football, Golf, Handball, Indoor Track, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball & JV Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Fencing, Gymnastics, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball & JV Softball, Tennis, Volleyball

Other schools sports: Cheerleading

Source: High school directory

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