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: 6-12
Humanities & Interdisciplinary

Buses: B61, B63, B67

What's special:

Lots of support for students, innovative math program; laudable efforts to increase diversity

The downside:

Metal detectors in building

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Park Slope Collegiate, a 6–12 school in the John Jay Complex, is a progressive school with a laid back atmosphere. Class sizes are kept small so kids get lots of attention. Instruction in all grades emphasizes group work and projects. 

In September 2013, a small group of District 15 families, frustrated that the popular middle schools did not have enough seats to meet demand, enrolled their children in 6th grade at Park Slope. The decision came after months of conversations with longtime principal, Jill Bloomberg, as well as touring the school and uncovering a high quality of curriculum and solid instruction. Bloomberg, for her part, says she is deeply committed to fostering cultural and academic diversity though she is wary of letting the school “flip” to serve mainly white, middle class students. The school’s first step toward integration was chronicled in New York Magazine.

The vibe throughout the school is relaxed. Hallways are crowded and noisy during change of classes, but we didn’t observe any bad behavior. In some classes students were overly chatty during independent work and some students struggled to stay on task. We did see some interesting work on display, such as a 6th-grade science project responding in words and illustrations to the question: What is a cell like? Answers included: a school, police station, and the Game Stop store. High school students complete a lengthy, multigenre project where students produce a range of media--poems, essays, photographs, advertisements, etc.—on topics of their choice, such as a plan for creating a successful business.

What the school does best is give kids lots of support. Classes in all grades run 55 minutes, longer than the typical 42-minute period, and tend to be smaller than the citywide average. Students are assigned to “circles,” small group advisories that emphasize community-building and conflict resolution.

Middle school students attend classes in one wing and are escorted from class to class by their teachers. They also benefit from having high school teachers on staff. “What drives our middle school curriculum is high school,” said Bloomberg. For instance, 6th-graders learn the periodic table of elements because the high school chemistry teacher felt that students were more prepared to handle the high school level course if they arrived with some prior knowledge of the subject.

High school students are required to take four years of each core subject: English, history, science and math. The school offers some intriguing classes, such as elective classes 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. Seniors fulfill their history requirement by taking semester-long courses on economics and the history of Brooklyn. There are no AP classes. The school offers calculus, though not for college credit. Spanish instruction begins in 9th grade.

An innovative math program with Hunter College targets students who pass the algebra Regents but fall short of the college-readiness score of 85. Instead of moving on to geometry, these students spend the following year boosting their algebra skills by serving as teaching assistants in an algebra class. Students then take geometry over the summer at Hunter College for free.

There are no honors classes or tracking in specific subjects. To accommodate the broad range of students, teachers offer more complex texts or challenging assignments to stronger students and offer extra support for the struggling ones.

High school students can participate in campus-wide sports teams. Middle school students have their own after school activities including sports teams and art.

College: A full-time college counselor regularly meets with every junior and senior. College essay writing is woven into the 12th-grade English curriculum. 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. Several graduates have received POSSE scholarships.

Special education: The school offers integrated co-teaching (ICT) classes and SETSS.

Admissions: District 15 priority for both middle and high school. (Laura Zingmond, June 2014)

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?

65% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

64% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE KIDS NICE?

How many students complain about bullying?

70% 71% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

67% 57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

76% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

90% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

86% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

23 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students are chronically absent?

41% 24% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

17% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

6% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

44% 53% 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% 21% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 14% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How do graduates do in 9th grade?

Percent who pass all their classes freshman year:

72% 85% 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 state math exam:

0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 4% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 13% 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: 2.21 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:

2% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Middle school students doing math at grade level:

2% 24% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Safety & vibe

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

22 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

65% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

90% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

82% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

76% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

41% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many students graduated within 4 years?

39% 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

73% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many students graduated within 4 years?

63% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates earned an advanced regents diploma within 4 years?

2% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

80% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

14% 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?

5%

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

19%

Are students ready for college?

How many students graduated in four years with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?

10% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

411
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated in four years and enrolled in college?

54% 62% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

425
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?

80% 76% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

17% 45% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

33% 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

29% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

88% 89% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners graduated within 4 years?

40% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners graduated within 6 years?

58% 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: Levels 2-4 ; English Language Arts Levels: Levels 2-4

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

Academics

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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