Sunset Park High School

153 35TH STREET
BROOKLYN NY 11232 Map
Phone: (718) 840-1900
Website: Click here
Admissions: District 15 and 20 priority
Principal: Victoria Antonini
Neighborhood: Sunset Park
District:15
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: LIZETTE LUGO
Humanities & Interdisciplinary
Wheelchair Accessible

Buses: B35, B63, B70

What's special:

Brand new building

The downside:

No outdoor space, some complaints about fighting

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

The fruit of 38 years of work by community members determined to get a high school for their neighborhood, Sunset Park High School offers some engaging classes, passionate teachers and a close partnership with a community organization that offers an afterschool program and help with college admissions.

Opened in 2009, the new building has a 550-seat auditorium; gymnasium; dance, music and art studios; and a health center with a full-time nurse practitioner (a doctor makes occasional visits). The school is divided into three "learning communities" health and human services, business and entrepreneurship, and performing and visual arts. The learning communities offer the same academic classes, but assign projects related to their themes."All classes are mixed ability,"said Principal Corrine Vinal. "We are very purposeful about that."

Students often work in small groups on in-class projects, and desks are arranged in clusters rather than in rows. On our visit, students participated actively in class discussions. Twice a week, students meet with an advisor to talk about college, communication skills, and careers. These sessions are designed by teachers and counselors from the Center for Family Life, the community organization that also runs the afterschool program.

Teachers told us they get a lot of support from their colleagues and from Vinal, who was formerly principal of Manhattan Center for Science and Math.

The students have physical education three times a week, and take either art or music each semester. The school does not have its own outdoor space; club sports teams use parks around the neighborhood. Spanish is the only language offered.

The after-school program offers 44 clubs and activities from tutoring to photography, track, soccer and dance. A free dinner is offered at 3:30 p.m.

A few parents have complained about fights. During our visit, students told us there had been a few fights in or right outside the school. Nevertheless, they said they generally felt safe at school. Security cameras keep watch in the halls, as do security guards. The principal says fighting is not a significant problem, although she acknowledges that there were 58 suspensions in 2009-10, 30 percent of which were for fighting. She said she is lobbying the Department of Education to get cameras for the stairwells.

The school shares the building with the Brooklyn Prospect Charter School and a District 75 school for students with special needs, some of whom take classes at Sunset Park High School.

Special education: About 20 percent of students qualify for special education. Most are taught in the regular classrooms with two teachers. A small number have separate English and math instruction. Close to 15 percent of students are English language learners (primarily Spanish), and they are integrated in the regular classrooms.

Admission: There are no admissions requirements. Preference is given to children in districts 15 and 20 and to those who attend an open house. (Jill Grossman, October 2010)

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 1309

Average Daily Attendance 87%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
6%

Black

  
8%

Hispanic

  
79%

White

  
7%

Free Lunch

  
82%

Special ed

  
23%

English Language Learners

  
19%

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

20 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

69% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

100% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

88% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

78% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

34% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

71% 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 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?

4%

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

13%

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

2%

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?

11% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

371
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA

SAT math scores

385
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?

80% 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?

93% 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 Districts 15 and 20 students or residents who attend an information session
  2. Then to Brooklyn students or residents who attend an information session
  3. Then to New York City residents who attend an information session
  4. Then to Districts 15 and 20 students or residents
  5. Then to Brooklyn students or residents
  6. Then to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

Sunset Park High School

Limited Unscreened

Academics

AP COURCES: Spanish Language

Online: N/A

Language classes: Spanish

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Art, Clay Workshop, Creative Writing, Dance, Film, Homework Help, Internship Program, Knitting, National Honor Society, Photography, SAT Prep, Student Government, Theater, Tutoring, Vocal Troupe, Yearbook

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Volleyball

Other schools sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cheerleading, Fitness, Flag Football, Handball, Soccer, Softball, Track, Volleyball, Wrestling

Source: High school directory

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