PROGRESS High School for Professional Careers
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PROGRESS High School for Professional Careers
Buses: B24, B43, B48, B60, Q54, Q59
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)
At a glance
Number of Students 949
Average Daily Attendance 83%
Metal detectors? No
INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.16 2.39 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Safety & vibe
ARE CLASSES BIG?
Number of students in an average english classNA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE
DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?
How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?86% 74% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?98% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?
How many students say they feel safe in hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?80% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How Many Students are Chronically Absent?44% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Class of 2015
How many students passed a Regents exam for algebra 2, physics or chemistry?1%
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
Programs and Admissions
Focuses on science, math and technology; courses include anatomy, physiology, laboratory techniques, first aid, medical billing and coding.
Courses in art history, drawing, painting, graphic arts, sculpture, stage design, AP Studio Art (2-D & 3-D Design, Drawing).
Gateway: Mathematics and Science Institute
Challenging academic program that prepares students for majors in scientific studies at competitive universities; offers Honors, AP, and CUNY College Now courses.
Courses in three concert bands, two jazz bands, chamber groups, and music history.
EXTRACURRICULAR: National Honor Society, Peer Mediation, Student Government, Student Leadership Retreats; Science Fair and Science Research Program; Math and Technology Fair; Advanced Visual Arts Classes, Three full concert bands, two jazz bands, two choral ensembles, two dance ensembles; Chamber groups such as guitar ensemble, brass choir, and clarinet choir; Annual theater/musical theater performances by students; Presentations at City/State Conferences; School Spirit Activities
BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball, Football, Handball, Soccer, Volleyball, Wrestling
GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Handball, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball
Other schools sports: Full program of school sports with the Grand Street Campus (GSC) Athletic Program. All activities are supported by the GSC Events Staff.