South Brooklyn Community High School

173 CONOVER STREET
BROOKLYN NY 11231 Map
Phone: (718) 237-8902
Website: Click here
Admissions: Rolling admissions for Bklyn students 16+ with 8 credits
Principal: Latoya Kittrell
Neighborhood: Carroll Gardens/ Red Hook
District:15
Grade range: 9-12
Transfer Alternative

What's special:

Lots of attention from teachers and counselors.

The downside:

A difficult commute for some students.

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Founded in 2002 in a new building in Red Hook, South Brooklyn Community High School continues to enjoy a high level of support from its community partner, Good Shepherd Services. Designed for young people who have struggled in a traditional high school setting, the small school helps teenagers find their way to college or a career with an accelerated academic program and individual counseling. Expectations are high and rules are strict. “We offer the most successful second chance,” says School Director John Foley Murphy of his high goals for students. “We don’t want this to feel like a last chance or the only chance.” At a May 2013 high school fair Murphy appeared animated and heartfelt as he spoke to multiple prospective students at length about their individual struggles.

South Brooklyn attempts to create a true high school experience with clubs, a basketball team and dances in addition to a fast-paced program in which students can earn up to 15 credits in one year. The school runs on a trimester system between September and June and provides a full-time college counselor. Other perks include a science lab for dissections, laptops for self-paced learning, SMARTBoards in every classroom and enrichment through Dance Theatre Etcetera. The multimedia organization collaborates on academics as well, notably working with U.S. history teachers to help students create a political documentary during each election cycle. Students in geometry also worked with the group to build 3D geometrical structures.

Public transportation to Red Hook is limited, resulting in a long commute for some. The nearest subway stop—the F, G at Smith and 9th Street—still requires a 17-minute bus ride. Accordingly, prospective students are limited to those living in Red Hook, Caroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Gowanus, Wyckoff, Park Slope, Windsor Terrace and Sunset Park. 

Special education: About six percent of students have IEPs. The school offers SETTS and counseling.

Admissions: Students are accepted on a rolling basis and must have attended high school for at least one year, have a minimum of eight credits, a 6th-grade or higher reading level and have passed at least one Regents exam. Catchment area limited to zip codes 11201, 11215, 11217, 11220, 11231 and 11232. Call the school to begin the admissions process. (Aimee Sabo, June 2013, interviews & Web reports)

InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 163

Average Daily Attendance 65%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
3%

Black

  
34%

Hispanic

  
58%

White

  
6%

Free Lunch

  
83%

Special ed

  
18%

English Language Learners

  
4%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: NA 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

13 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

72% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

100% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

92% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

82% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

88% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2012

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

5% 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

48% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

13% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2004 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

51% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

28% 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?

NA

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

NA

Are students ready for college?

How many 2008 freshmen graduated in four years with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?

2% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

NA
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen graduated in four years and enrolled in college?

37%

SAT math scores

NA
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?

79% 76% 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?

0% 45% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

40% 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

89% 89% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

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

40% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

58% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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