Science Skills Center High School for Science, Technology and the Creative Arts

49 FLATBUSH AVENUE EXTENSION
BROOKLYN NY 11201 Map
Phone: (718) 243-9413
Website: Click here
Admissions: Selective/Ed Opt
Wheelchair accessible
Principal: Dahlia Mcgregor
Neighborhood: Brooklyn Heights/Downtown
District: 13
Grade range: 09 thru 12
Parent Coordinator: GAYNELL CANTEY

Buses: B103, B25, B26, B38, B41, B52, B54, B57, B61, B62, B65, B67, B69

What's special:

Science and engineering courses

The downside:

Low attendance and some safety concerns

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Science Skills Center offers some challenging science classes, but the school has been plagued by poor attendance, declining enrollments and some safety concerns.

More than one-third of students responding to the Learning Environment Survey said they do not feel safe in the halls or on the property outside the building, known as the Waters Edge Educational Campus. Many teachers said they do not trust the principal, according to the survey. Teacher turnover has been high.

On the positive side, most students graduate on time and the percent of students scoring high enough to avoid remediation at CUNY is higher than average for NYC. There are Advanced Placement classes in biology, calculus and computer science as well as College Now courses, according to the high school directory.

Students may apply to one of four programs, three of which are selective: Gateway for Pre-College Education, Lead the Way (engineering) and Humanities and the Arts. Entrance to the school's general science and math program is via the educational option admissions formula designed to ensure slots for students of all achievement levels. Although the selective programs give preference to students with good grades in middle school, there has been little demand for them and entering students generally have low levels of skills. The school's enrollment has declined by nearly half since 2006, when it had more than 900 students.

Science Skills was founded in 1993 with grant money from the National Science Foundation and New Visions for Public Schools. Students dress professionally on Wednesdays, according to the School Directory.

Afterschool, students may participate in track and cross-country along with a variety of clubs including robotics, architecture and chess.

Special education: There are several team-taught classes.

Admissions: Students who have an average above 80 percent with scores of 3 or higher on standardized tests get preference at three of the four programs in the school, according to the high school directory. (Aryn Bloodworth, DOE statistics, December 2012)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

Water's Edge Educational Campus

Number of Students 537

Average Daily Attendance 80%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
7%

Black

  
72%

Hispanic

  
17%

White

  
2%

Free Lunch

  
75%

Special ed

  
16%

English Language Learners

  
6%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.80 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

31 24 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

38% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

36% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

52% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

51% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

45% 34% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

69% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

83% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

74% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen earned an advanced regents diploma within 4 years?

14% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

80% 73% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

6% 12% 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?

2%

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

19%

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

28%

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?

19% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

395
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2009 freshmen graduated in four years and enrolled in college?

64%

SAT math scores

402
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?

49% 75% 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?

47% 44% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students starting school in 2006 graduated within 6 years?

55% 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students with disabilities spend most of the day with non-disabled peers?

75% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say students with disabilities are included in all activities?

70% 88% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners starting school in 2008 graduated within 4 years?

38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners starting school in 2006 graduated within 6 years?

57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

School admission priorities:

  1. Open to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

Humanities and the Arts

Screened

Challenging courses in writing, research, social sciences, humanities and the arts.

Selection Criteria

  • English (80-100) , Math (80-100) , Science (80-100) , Social Studies (80-100)
  • Math Levels: 3-4 ; English Language Arts Levels: 3-4

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

Project Lead the Way

Screened

Challenging courses in the field of engineering.

Selection Criteria

  • English (80-100) , Math (80-100) , Science (80-100) , Social Studies (80-100)
  • Math Levels: 3-4 ; English Language Arts Levels: 3-4

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

Science Skills Center

Ed. Opt.

Focuses on using hands-on and research techniques.

Gateway Honors

Screened

Challenging academic program that prepares students for majors in scientific studies at competitive universities.

Selection Criteria

  • English (80-100) , Math (80-100) , Science (80-100) , Social Studies (80-100)
  • Math Levels: 3-4 ; English Language Arts Levels: 3-4

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

Academics

AP COURCES: Biology, Calculus AB, Computer Science A, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Environmental Science, Psychology, United States History

Online: N/A

Language classes: French, Spanish

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Construction and Engineering, Chess, Drama, Drumline, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics, Architecture, Jow-Ile-Bailar Dance Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, National Society of Black Engineers, Peer Mediation, Pre-Nursing, Science, Step Team, Student Government, Technology, Theatre Development Fund Program, Web Design, Creative Writing Club, National Honors Society, Yearbook

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Cross Country, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Cross Country, Indoor Track

Other schools sports: N/A

Source: High school directory

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