Brooklyn Frontiers High School

112 SCHERMERHORN STREET
BROOKLYN NY 11201 Map
Phone: (718) 722-4727
Website: Click here
Admissions: 9th graders below grade level
Principal: Alona Cohen
Neighborhood: Brooklyn Heights/Downtown
District:15
Grade range: 9-11
Humanities & Interdisciplinary

Buses: B103, B25, B26, B38, B41, B45, B52, B54, B57, B61, B62, B63, B65, B67

What's special:

A fresh start for 9th graders who've been held back

The downside:

Not a lot of courses are offered

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Brooklyn Frontiers High School is designed to help students who have been held back at least twice in elementary or middle school.

Students, parents and teachers agree this new, small school is a safe place with high expectations, where teachers work together as a team to help children succeed, according to the Learning Environment Survey. Opened in 2010, Brooklyn Frontiers is patterned after the High School of Excellence and Innovation in Manhattan.

Good Shepherd Services, a social services organization, provides students with coaches who meet with them individually to talk about academics as well as what else is going on in their lives, their plans, and aspirations for the future. They have paid “Learning to Work” internships to help them “explore their interests and prepare for careers after high school.

Class size designed to be small–about 16 students--to ensure lots of individual attention. Founding Principal Alona Cohen, PhD, was formerly a science teacher at South Brooklyn Community, a transfer school.

A downside: Like many small schools, Brooklyn Frontiers has limited course offerings. Some kids complained on the survey that there weren’t a lot of activities.

Admission: Students must be entering 9th grade for the first time from middle school, have a record of being held back at least two times in elementary or middle school, and be no older than 16. Apply to the school directly. Check the website for more information. (Clara Hemphill, web reports, August 2012)

InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 169

Average Daily Attendance 75%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
1%

Black

  
74%

Hispanic

  
25%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
89%

Special ed

  
45%

English Language Learners

  
5%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: NA 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

12 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

72% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

83% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

85% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

83% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

67% 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?

84% 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?

0% 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 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 15-16-year-old New York City students entering high school for the first time; students must have a record of being held back two times in elementary and/or middle school

Source: High school directory

Brooklyn Frontiers High School

Limited Unscreened

Selection Criteria: Students must attend an Open House and personalized intake meeting.

Academics

AP COURCES: N/A

Online: N/A

Language classes: N/A

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: After-school Academic Support, Culinary Club, Dance, Music, Newspaper, Photography, Regents Prep, Science Explorers, Theater Works

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: N/A

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: N/A

Other schools sports: Basketball

Source: High school directory

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