Millennium Brooklyn H.S.

An Insideschools pick
An Insideschools pick for Special Education
237 7 AVENUE
BROOKLYN NY 11215 Map
Phone: (718) 832-4333
Website: Click here
Admissions: Selective; priority Brooklyn
Principal: Lisa Gioe
Neighborhood: Park Slope
District: 15
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: Stephane Jean Jacques
Humanities & Interdisciplinary
New School
Screened

Buses: B61, B63, B67

What's special:

Small academically challenging and inclusive school in leafy Park Slope.

The downside:

Old building with metal detectors and some windowless classrooms.

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

A small, selective yet inclusive high school, Millennium Brooklyn is taking best practices from the successful Millennium High School in Manhattan and replicating them in the heart of Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Opened in 2011 with a 9th grade in the John Jay building, Millennium feels like a fully–established school, with many after school clubs, sports teams shared with Millennium Manhattan, a school government, community service projects and a school store. We visited during Spirit Week, when students and teachers dressed up in wacky costumes and brought in food to share from their native cultures.

Among the successful practices the school borrowed from Millennium are a two-year bio-chemistry accelerated curriculum and a humanities program which combines English and history. The two sister schools share sports teams, including a PSAL swim team that practices in the John Jay pool.

Learning is project-based with a heavy research focus, and students actively participate in class. They do research in subjects such as anthropology, statistics, and sociology. The principal teaches a research class about scientific investigation. Each year students produce two research-based presentations and papers.

Millennium Brooklyn offers a daily advisory session with 15-16 students. Each student is assigned an advisor who is the point person for them and their parents. Advisories provide academic check-ins and teach test-taking skills. Advisors and students correspond in weekly journals about books they are reading, academics and social issues. Parents check in online with the Pupil Path system, to access their child's grades and homework assignments. Students do 2 to 3 hours of homework per night.

The student government chose the community service projects and all students must commit to one: collecting pencils for a school, or providing presents for needy families at the holidays are two examples.

School founder Lisa Gioe came from a popular District 15 middle school, MS 447, where she created an ASD Nest Program for students on the autism spectrum. She put that model in place at Millennium High School. Up to five students are mainstreamed in general education classes and receive extra small group and social skills instruction. In addition, two of the four classes on each grade combine special and general education students and are taught by two teachers.

"We are trying to be a full inclusion school," said Gioe who works side by side with Assistant Principal Lindsey Baumgarten, who was the special ed coordinator at Millennium in Manhattan. "They [special needs students] get 3's and 4's because they get the support."

John Jay is getting a much needed sprucing up, with upgraded electrical and plumbing. Still, a few of the classrooms in Millennium's space are windowless and airless. Girls even use one of them to change into gym clothes.

Most students go out to lunch on busy 7th Avenue or they go up to the building's library. If they leave, they must pass through the building's scanners on their return.

Some students and staff from the other three schools in the building protested the siting of Millennium at John Jay before the school opened. But after a few early challenges, such as teens from other schools peeking in the classroom windows, things normalized and the students see one another as peers, teachers said. The school day at Millennium Brooklyn starts and ends earlier but there are some shared after school activities with other schools such as a popular Battle Chef cooking contest and a writing club. The four school principals meet every Friday to discuss the shared facility and work out the schedule.

Admission: Selective. Students should score a level 3 or 4 on state exams and have at least an 85 average in core academic subjects. Preference goes to Brooklyn residents. In 2011 there were 1000 applications for 108 seats. (Pamela Wheaton, March 2012)

InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

John Jay Educational Campus

Number of Students 387

Average Daily Attendance 95%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
11%

Black

  
25%

Hispanic

  
29%

White

  
28%

Free Lunch

  
44%

Special ed

  
10%

English Language Learners

  
1%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 3.12 2.40 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

26 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?

100% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

91% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

100% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

9% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many students graduated within 4 years?

NA 73% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

NA 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many students graduated within 4 years?

NA 65% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

NA 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

NA 10% 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?

NA 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

NA
418 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 497 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

NA
426 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 513 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

Is the guidance counseling helpful?

How many students say that this school provides helpful counseling on college or job-seeking?

86% 76% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

NA 47% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

NA 54% 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?

100% 89% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners graduated within 4 years?

37% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners graduated within 6 years?

56% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

School admission priorities:

  1. Priority to Brooklyn students or residents
  2. Then to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

Millennium Brooklyn

Screened

Selection Criteria

  • English (85-100) , Math (85-100) , Science (85-100) , Social Studies (85-100)
  • Math Levels: Levels 3-4 ; English Language Arts Levels: Levels 3-4

There may be additional selection criteria, see the High School Directory for more information

Academics

AP COURSES: Chemistry, English Literature and Composition, United States History

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Advisory, Art, Basketball, Community Service, Cooking, Creative Writing, Dance, Drama, Film, Independent Research, Peer Leadership, Required Research Electives, Student Government, Swimming, Weight Training

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Fencing, Soccer

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Cross Country, Fencing, Swimming

Other schools sports: Basketball, Ultimate Frisbee, Girls Soccer, Running Club, Swimming, Weight Training

Source: High school directory

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