Park Slope Collegiate

237 7 AVENUE
BROOKLYN NY 11215 Map
Phone: (718) 832-4300
Website: Click here
Admissions: District 15 priority
Principal: JILL BLOOMBERG
Neighborhood: Park Slope
District: 15
Grade range: 06 thru 12

Buses: B61, B63, B67

What's special:

Dedicated faculty and administrators committed to developing student leadership and core academics

The downside:

Dispiriting building with metal detectors at entrance

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Park Slope Collegiate has carved out a challenging task: preparing kids with poor academic skills for college. A 6-12 school housed on the 4th floor of the John Jay complex, it serves mostly children whose parents have not gone to college and are unfamiliar with the process.

Originally called the Secondary School for Research, the name was changed in 2011 to reflect the new focus on preparation for college, Principal Jill Bloomberg said. "These are kids who are not predicted to graduate from high school or go on to college," says Bloomberg, who has been at the school since 2004. "But every single graduate gets accepted to college."

Many come to the school with low test scores and will need more than four years to graduate. Classes, which tend to be fairly small and last 55 minutes, try to address students' academic shortcomings in a school day that runs from 8:15 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. In response to feedback from Collegiate graduates, the school is pumping up the level of reading and writing. Teachers guide student on how to make an argument and work on their vocabulary. "When it comes to academic language," Bloomberg says, "everyone is an English language learner."

There are also kids who arrive midyear and don't speak English. We saw two recent arrivals, immigrants from the Dominican Republic and Yemen who had no English skills. In an 8th-grade humanities class, one girl copied words from "Young Cam Jemsen," a book for elementary school students, while the other read a book in Spanish.

At times, even high school classes can seem elementary. In one class, students identified countries on an outlined map. Although they were supposed to work from memory, many consulted maps. An energetic science teacher peppered her class with questions to try to get them to engage in a lesson on DNA but met with lackluster response.

With students required to take four years of science and math, seniors have a full program. The school also offers some intriguing classes, such as an elective on Spanish film, guitar and the Science of Food, an interdisciplinary class that looks at nutrition, regulation of food and depiction of food in the media. There are no AP classes.

Students work on their college essays in school. Many describe their struggles. One boy related how he began working in a restaurant. "At first I did not know how hard the working class really had it, but when I started work I was a changed man," he wrote.

Collegiate has a full-time college counselor who regularly meets with every junior and senior. The school cultivates contacts with colleges, focusing on some small, private schools that may admit students who do not meet the grade point average and test score thresholds for CUNY and SUNY. Bloomberg said. Popular choices are Muhlenberg in Pennsylvania and Drew University in New Jersey.

Two other schools in John Jay chose to do away with their middle school grades because of low enrollment but Bloomberg says she likes the 6 to 12 model and notes that it spares parents and teenagers from having to go through the high school application process. There is only one middle school class per grade and more than two thirds of Collegiate 8th-graders remain there for high school. Students appreciate the personal attention --"teachers are always there to help you" – one student said. However a few complained about the lack of sports teams. Teams are shared with the Law and Journalism schools, but not Millennium Brooklyn.

Recruiting poses challenges, particularly for middle school. The metal detector -- it is the only middle school in the district that has one -- and the presence of high school students discourage some 5th graders from applying. Although Collegiate seems safe, some students indicated on the 2010-2011 Learning Environment Survey they do not feel comfortable in the rest of the building and outside of it.

Admissions: District 15 priority. For high school, the Department of Education lists the school as screened but the low number of applicants means that most students who apply are admitted.

Special education: Collegiate offers team-teaching classes and a small self contained class. It says it has a good record in moving students out of the self-contained class to a more inclusive setting. (Gail Robinson, April 2012)

Middle InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

John Jay Educational Campus

Number of Students 379

Average Daily Attendance 84%

Uniforms? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
8%

Black

  
39%

Hispanic

  
41%

White

  
8%

Free Lunch

  
78%

Special ed

  
21%

English Language Learners

  
11%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.59 2.80 CITYWIDE AVERAGE


1 = Far below grade level 2 = Below grade level 3 = At grade level 4 = Above grade level

Safety & vibe

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

55% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students say this school offers enough programs to keep them interested?

57% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE KIDS NICE?

How many students complain about bullying?

80% 71% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students say students at their school respect one another?

48% 56% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

57% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

76% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

75% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

23 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students are chronically absent?

41% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam

4% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ela exam

4% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 science exam

44% 51% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS Prep

How many 8th graders pass high school regents exams?

Percent of 8th graders who take and pass the algebra regents:

0% 19% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 8th graders who take and pass a science regents:

0% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How do graduates do in 9th grade?

Percent who pass all their classes freshman year:

72% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:

0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

0% 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:

0% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

0% 4% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:

NA 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

NA 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

Percent of ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

0% 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of former ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

0% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

John Jay Educational Campus

Number of Students 379

Average Daily Attendance 84%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
8%

Black

  
39%

Hispanic

  
41%

White

  
8%

Free Lunch

  
78%

Special ed

  
21%

English Language Learners

  
11%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.70 2.80 CITYWIDE AVERAGE


1 = Far below grade level 2 = Below grade level 3 = At grade level 4 = Above grade level

Middle school students reading at grade level:

4% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Middle school students doing math at grade level:

4% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Safety & vibe

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

22 24 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

55% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

76% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

73% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

57% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

41% 34% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

39% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

73% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

63% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

6% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

80% 73% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

11% 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?

0%

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

0%

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

15%

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?

10% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

372
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

54%

SAT math scores

386
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?

71% 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?

36% 44% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

46% 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

29% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

88% 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 continuing 8th graders
  2. Then to District 15 students or residents
  3. Then to Brooklyn students or residents
  4. Then to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

College Preparatory

Screened

Students research questions they want to answer. Using current technology, they consult expert sources and review their prior knowledge. Like all researchers, they use multimedia to present their findings to panels of their peers.

Selection Criteria

  • English (80-100) , Math (80-100) , Science (80-100) , Social Studies (80-100)
  • Math Levels: 2-4 ; English Language Arts Levels: 2-4

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

Academics

AP COURCES: N/A

Online: N/A

Language classes: Spanish

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Brooklyn Student Advisory Council, Campus Community, Dance, Debate, Digital Photography and Graphic Design, Drawing, Film, High School – Middle School Student Mentoring, Homework Help, LEGO Robotics, Math, Mural Painting, Newspaper, Poetry Slam, SAT Prep, Spelling Bee, Step, Student Government, Student Mentoring, Studio Art, Teen Battle Chef, Yearbook

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball & JV Basketball

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Volleyball

Other schools sports: Basketball, Soccer

Source: High school directory

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