East Brooklyn Community High School

9517 KINGS HIGHWAY
BROOKLYN NY 11212 Map
Phone: (718) 927-6880
Website: Click here
Admissions: 16+ and one year of high school
Principal: Patrick Mcgillicuddy
Neighborhood: East Flatbush
District: 18
Grade range: 9-12
Transfer Alternative

What's special:

Partnership with SCO Family Services offers a high level of support for each student

The downside:

Low attendance, no gym

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

East Brooklyn Community High School opened in 2009 to re-engage high school students who have been truant or dropped out. Operated jointly by the Department of Education and SCO Family Services, the school offers small classes, individualized programs, and extensive counseling for both students and their families to keep kids engaged. “We are intrusive,” says Internship Coordinator Darnell Hickman of this close-knit family community. “If we need to do a home visit to bring a student back, we will.” Despite the hands-on approach, keeping students on track is a struggle. "Attendance fluctuates," Hickman admits.

In its first few years, the school shared space with the Science and Medicine Middle School, despite widespread community protest. Now East Brooklyn stands alone in a modern building that was previously home to PS 219's pre-K and kindergarten classes. Here, students work toward graduation in a basic program of math, English and social studies while gaining work experience. AThe Learning to Work program, which Hickman runs, exposes students to a wide range of entry level positions in fields such as daycare, afterschool and health and beauty. Students also participate in hands-on internship–for–credit projects for the school such as the construction of a new science lab completed in the summer of 2013. A partnership with Dance Theatre Etcetera offers arts and music enrichment. As an iLearn school, East Brooklyn allows students to complete many programs at their own pace. “Students have a voice here,” says Hickman, speaking at the 2013 alternative high school fair, citing the many clubs that students themselves have founded and led such as printmaking, citizenship and mural painting. Sports are lacking, however, because the school has no gym. Regular field trips to CUNY and two-year colleges keep higher education in mind as a goal for all students. 

Principal Patrick McGillicuddy, a six-year veteran teacher at South Brooklyn Community High School after which the school was modeled, encourages teacher collaboration across all departments. Extra writing support in social studies classes, for example, has served students well, increasing Regents scores steadily in global and U.S. history. Teachers meet twice a week to discuss student performance and classroom strategies to improve critical thinking skills.

Despite all the supports it's a challenge to get students to come to school every day. Attendance for the 2012-2013 school year was quite low, hovering around 67 percent.

Special education: Approximately nine percent of students have IEPs. The school offers SETTS and counseling but has no self-contained classes.

Admissions: East Brooklyn has a rolling admissions process. To apply students must be 16 and have attended high school for at least a year. After completing a basic reading and vocabulary test, qualifying students attend an interview at the school along with their parent or guardian. Prospective students should call the school and ask for Karen Lopez for intake. (Aimee Sabo, online articles and interviews, May 2013)

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Number of Students 181

Average Daily Attendance 74%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
1%

Black

  
81%

Hispanic

  
16%

White

  
2%

Free Lunch

  
75%

Special ed

  
23%

English Language Learners

  
2%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: NA 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?

91% 74% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

93% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

99% 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?

81% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2015

How many students graduated within 4 years?

25% 69% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

51% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

18% 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?

NA

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

2% 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

NA
424 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 495 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

13% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

NA
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

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