Young Women's Leadership School of Brooklyn

325 BUSHWICK AVENUE
BROOKLYN NY 11206 Map
Phone: (718) 387-5641
Principal: TALANA BRADLEY
Neighborhood: Williamsburg/ Greenpoint
District:14
Grade range: 6-12
Parent Coordinator: MARTA RAMIREZ
Science & Math

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

What's special:

An ambitious yet supportive program for girls

The downside:

Rules and regulations will not appeal to some students

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

The Young Women's Leadership School (TWYLS) of Brooklyn offers a demanding college prep curriculum in a traditional setting where rules are strictly enforced. This all-girls school, opened in 2008, will add a class each year until it serves grades 6-12.

Classes are quiet and orderly and the girls seem relaxed and friendly. Girls must wear uniforms and cellphones are forbidden. Founding Principal Talana Bradley says she has no tolerance for misbehavior and we saw no discipline problems during our two-hour visit. "We don't have time to argue about things that are not going to change," she says. If the discipline and single-sex education "don't appeal to you," she adds, TYWLS "is not for you."

One of  five Young Women's Leadership schools in the city, the Brooklyn school aims to encourage girls from low-income families to explore and excel. All 7th and 8th graders study Latin, and students may choose to continue it in high school. Eighth graders may take two Regents level courses, algebra and living environment. For now, arts are offered largely in after school programs, although Bradley hopes that will change as the school grows.

Students told us they appreciate the school's approach. "I used to play and not do my homework," one 9th grader said, but that changed after she came to TYWLS. Many said they enjoyed the mix of students and the teachers and, to some extent, the absence of boys. Teachers seem to be supportive.

Beyond academics, TYWLS stresses the overall development of girls. Some wear T-shirts emblazoned "Girls Rule." In 2011, the school marked the United Nations' International Year of the Girl with guest speakers and events. "We want them to dream big" and to leave the school "as advocates for themselves," Bradley said.

Test prep is important, as a recent YouTube video illustrates. Report cards describe students’ strengths and weaknesses as well as their grades. At so-called leadership conferences, students meet with their parent and an adviser to review their progress toward meeting various goals they have set for themselves.

The expectation is that all students will attend college. Ninth graders visit campuses and, starting with 11th grade, students have a full-time college counselor. On the day of our visit, he met with 10th graders, telling them what they could expect and how they might behave at an upcoming college fair. "You don’t want to seem rude or ghetto," one girl said. The job, says Bradley, is not just to get the students into college but to find a good match. The school graduates its first class in 2015.

TYWLS was housed in William Gaynor Junior High School building on the edge of Williamsburg at the time of our visit, but the Department of Education announced plans to move it to  PS 147 in 2013.

Special ed: TYWLS has team teaching classes and support for students with disabilities but no self-contained classes.

Admissions: Screened for all grades. The school seeks students and families who understand the school's approach and want to be there. (Gail Robinson, November 2012)

 

Middle InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the building with PS 147

Number of Students 351

Average Daily Attendance 92%

Uniforms? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
2%

Black

  
64%

Hispanic

  
32%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
80%

Special ed

  
16%

English Language Learners

  
2%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.96 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?

75% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students say this school offers enough programs to keep them interested?

66% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE KIDS NICE?

How many students complain about bullying?

61% 71% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students say students at their school respect one another?

64% 57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

79% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

89% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

86% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

23 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students are chronically absent?

25% 24% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

26% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

20% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 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:

29% 21% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 8th graders who take and pass a science regents:

52% 14% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How do graduates do in 9th grade?

Percent who pass all their classes freshman year:

93% 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:

0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 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:

20% 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

HS InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the building with PS 147

Number of Students 351

Average Daily Attendance 92%

Uniforms? Yes

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
2%

Black

  
64%

Hispanic

  
32%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
80%

Special ed

  
16%

English Language Learners

  
2%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.90 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:

24% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Middle school students doing math at grade level:

15% 24% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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?

75% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

89% 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?

79% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

25% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of

How many -4 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

NA 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many -6 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?

0%

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

NA

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

NA

Are students ready for college?

How many -4 freshmen graduated in four years with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?

NA 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

NA
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA

SAT math scores

NA
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?

88% 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?

96% 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. Open only to female students
  2. Priority to continuing 8th graders
  3. Then to Brooklyn students or residents
  4. Then to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

The Young Women’s Leadership School of Brooklyn

Screened

Selection Criteria

  • English (80-100) , Math (80-100) , Science (80-100) , Social Studies (80-100)
  • 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: French, Latin, Spanish

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Community-based Service Projects (Reading Buddy Program at nearby elementary school), Debate Team, Digital Video Design, Math Team, NYS Regents Preparation & Saturday Academy, Peer Mentoring, Peer Tutoring, Photography, Recycling Team, School Spirit Team, School Tour Guides & Student Recruitment Committee, Sculpture, Student Council

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: N/A

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: N/A

Other schools sports: Basketball, Soccer, Tennis; as we expand we plan to offer additional sports

Source: High school directory

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