Progress High School for Professional Careers

850 GRAND STREET
BROOKLYN NY 11211 Map
Phone: (718) 387-0228
Website: Click here
Admissions: Educational option
Principal: WILLIAM JUSINO
Neighborhood: Williamsburg/ Greenpoint
District:14
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: EMELY CRUZ
Performing Arts
Science & Math
Health Professions
Visual Art & Design
Wheelchair Accessible

Buses: B24, B43, B48, B60, Q54, Q59

What's special:

A safe, supportive environment

The downside:

School has been slow to offer professional programs

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Progress High School for Professional Careers is one of three high schools sharing a campus at what used to be Eastern District High School. Unlike its violence-plagued predecessor, this school offers a welcoming, secure atmosphere. It struggles, however, to help students become truly ready for college and career.

Despite its name, the school has been slow to offer and maintain professional programs, with only one career program in 2012: medicine. About 27 students selected for this program at the end of their first year spend time at Woodhull Hospital and take anatomy, physiology and Advanced Placement biology.

In fall 2013, Progress plans to offer a teaching program (in which students will help out at neighborhood elementary schools), and a business program leading to CISCO certification. There is also an arts program with both drama and visual art.

In their responses to the Learning Environment Survey, students generally said they felt welcome in their school and supported by their teachers. An overwhelming majority said they felt safe, and the school has a very low suspension rate.

One student we spoke with had high praise for the school’s faculty. “The teachers are so interactive with you,” she said. “They give you the attention you need.”

Althought the students we spoke to were positive, the school doesn’t work for everyone. Its graduation rate has declined in recent years and attendance is below average. Most of the graduates who enroll in college need to take remedial courses at CUNY, according to DOE statistics. There is no dedicated college counselor, although there is a guidance counselor.

Progress students, along with those from the School for Legal Studies and the High School for Enterprise, Business and Development, make up the Grand Street Campus Wolves, who field a number of varsity and junior varsity sports teams.

Special education: Progress offers team teaching classes and recently reintroduced some self-contained classes. The school offers a particularly supportive environment for English language learners who also need special ed services, a counselor says.

Admissions: Students are selected using the educational option method, with priority given to applicants from Brooklyn. A counselor said most students who want to attend get in. (Gail Robinson, DOE statistics, interviews at the high school fair, October 2012)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

Grand Street Educational Campus

Number of Students 1083

Average Daily Attendance 82%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
1%

Black

  
32%

Hispanic

  
66%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
87%

Special ed

  
17%

English Language Learners

  
16%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.60 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

29 24 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

71% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

79% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

85% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

87% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

47% 34% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

59% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

75% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

75% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

3% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

81% 73% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

8% 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?

1%

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

7%

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

6%

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?

12% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

367
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

48%

SAT math scores

387
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?

73% 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?

33% 44% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

53% 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

95% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

90% 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. Priority to Brooklyn students or residents
  2. Then to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

Instrumental Music

Limited Unscreened

Courses in 3 concerts bands, 2 jazz bands, chamber groups, AP music theory and music history.

Fine Art

Limited Unscreened

Courses in art history, drawing, painting, graphic arts, sculpture, stage design, AP Studio Art (2-D & 3-D Design, Drawing)

Medical Professions

Ed. Opt.

Focuses on Science, Math and Technology; courses include Anatomy, Physiology, Laboratory Techniques, First Aid, Medical Billing and Coding.

Gateway: Mathematics and Science Institute

Ed. Opt.

Challenging academic program that prepares students for majors in scientific studies at competitive universities; offers Honors, Advanced Placement, and College Now courses.

Academics

AP COURCES: Biology, Calculus AB, English Language and Composition, Government and Politics: United States, Human Geography, Spanish Literature, Studio Art: 2-D Design, Studio Art: 3-D Design, Studio Art: Drawing, United States History

Online: Art History, Biology, English Language and Composition, Spanish Language, United States History

Language classes: Spanish

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: National Honor Society, Peer Mediation, Student Government, Student Leadership Retreats, Science Fair and Science Research Program, Math and Technology Fair, Student Internships, Advanced Visual Arts Classes, and Saturday Academy. Performing Arts: one of the biggest and best in NYC offering 3 full concert bands, 2 jazz bands, 2 choral ensembles, 2 dance ensembles, chamber groups such as guitar ensemble, brass choir or clarinet choir, and AP Music Theory. No previous music experience is necessary to join the performing arts. Our program allows students to perform at their ability level regardless of age or experience. Beginning players perform in the Concert Band, intermediate players perform in the Symphonic Band and advanced players perform in the Wind Ensemble. The choral and dance programs offer similar options to the students. All musical ensembles compete annually at the New York State Music Association festival where they have received multiple "Gold" and "Gold with Distinction" awards. Annual theater/musical theater performances by students. We also offer over 20 after-school clubs, Presentations at City/State Conferences, and School Spirit Activities.

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball & JV Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football & JV Football, Handball, Soccer, Volleyball, Wrestling

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball & JV Basketball, Cross Country, Handball, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball & JV Volleyball

Other schools sports: Full program of school sports; students compete in the Grand Street Campus (GSC) Athletic Program. All activities are supported by the GSC Events Staff.

Source: High school directory

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