Boys and Girls High School

1700 FULTON STREET
BROOKLYN NY 11213 Map
Phone: (718) 467-1700
Website: Click here
Admissions: Zoned school, screend programs
Principal: Angella Smith
Neighborhood: Bedford-Stuyvesant
District:16
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: Elmer Anderson
Science & Math
Computer Science & Technology
Zoned
Wheelchair Accessible

Buses: B15, B25, B26, B43, B46, B47, B65

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

OCTOBER 2014 UPDATE: Michael Wiltshire, longtime principal of Medgar Evers College Preparatory School, a secondary school for gifted students, became principal of Boys and Girls after Bernard Gassaway retired. Wiltshire received a $25,000 bonus for taking the job and has the option of leaving and returning to Medgar Evers after a year. Wiltshire, who formerly taught at Boys and Girls, told parents that he will continue to spend 20 percent of his time at Medgar Evers where his title is master principal, according to Chalkbeat New York. Angella Smith, an assistant principal, was named acting principal.

MARCH 2011 REVIEW: Boys and Girls High School struggles with low levels of academic achievement, poor attendance, and significant discipline problems. Graduation rates have plummeted in recent years, and in 2010 Boys and Girls landed on the state’s list of failing schools.

Three-quarters of the students who responded to a 2009-10 Department of Education survey said there was gang activity at the school and 35 percent said they did not feel safe in hallways or bathrooms. Many said fights and bullying are frequent. Forty-four percent said the school was not clean.

Bernard Gassaway, who took over as principal in 2009, has divided the school into five smaller units, or “learning communities,” added extra math and English periods and started new after-school, weekend and summer learning programs, according to the Brooklyn Movement Center blog. The blog said Gassaway has worked at the school from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. most weekdays, and has come in most weekends too.  “He’s the right man at the right time,” said Stanley Kinard, who works in the school’s college and career office.

Despite its many challenges, the school offers a range of Advanced Placement courses and an extensive list of PSAL sports. There is a community service requirement, an orientation in the summer for incoming students, and students must wear a uniform of tan khaki pants or skirt and a polo shirt of a specific color depending on which academy the student is in. One academy, the Institute for Computer and Technology, provides students with computer literacy, maintenance skills and knowledge of programming languages.

Once nicknamed “The Pride and Joy of Bed Stuy,” Boys and Girls was led for years by a charismatic disciplinarian, Frank Mickens, who patrolled outside school carrying a claw hammer until his retirement in 2004. Mickens’ supporters said he brought order to what had been a troubled, chaotic place by enforcing strict codes of conduct and keeping kids he called troublemakers out. But critics said he illegally pushed out low-achieving students. In 2008, after a lawsuit by Advocates for Children, the city agreed to give students who had been excluded from school a second chance to graduate, according to the The New York Times’ City Room blog.

Enrollment increased by nearly 1,200 students between 2002 and 2005 as other large schools in Brooklyn were closed and students were diverted to Boys and Girls. Graduation rates declined from 68 percent in 2003 to 37 percent in 2010. At its peak, nearly 5,000 students were enrolled. By the 2010-11 school year, enrollment was bellow 2,000. Attendance, while well below the citywide average, had improved slightly. The school did not respond to our request to visit. This profile was compiled from DOE data and news reports.

In May 2011, Boys and Girls High School was one of 22 schools that received Small Improvement Grant funding to implement the “Restart” intervention model.  Each “Restart” school was matched to a non-profit educational partner organization that works closely with the principal and school community to implement a targeted improvement plan aimed at strengthening the curriculum, developing academic supports for students, and helping teachers improve practice. 

Admissions: Zoned school. There are screened programs in math and science and computer technology but in recent years there have been few applicants for available slots. (Aryn Bloodworth, March 2011)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares a building with the Nelson Mandela School for Social Justice and Research and Service HS

Number of Students 940

Average Daily Attendance 78%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
1%

Black

  
88%

Hispanic

  
9%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
75%

Special ed

  
22%

English Language Learners

  
3%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.50 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

21 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

64% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

80% 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?

83% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

51% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

44% 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

53% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

39% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

1% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

57% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

17% 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?

8%

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

3%

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?

5% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

377
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

30%

SAT math scores

372
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 starting school in 2008 graduated within 4 years?

11% 45% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

20% 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

49% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

94% 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

Programs and Admissions

School admission priorities:

  1. Open to Brooklyn students or residents
  2. For Zoned Program only: priority to students who live in the zoned area

Source: High school directory

Institute for Computer and Technology

Screened

Provides students with computer literacy, maintenance skills, knowledge of programming languages and the cognitive skills to solve problems through programming; four-year program includes courses in literacy, programming, maintenance, and repair.

Selection Criteria

  • English (80-100) , Math (80-100) , Science (80-100) , Social Studies (80-100)
  • Math Levels: 3-4 ; English Language Arts Levels: 3-4

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

Zoned

Zoned

Academic Comprehensive Program.

Smart Scholars Early College Program

Screened

The Smart Scholars Early College Program is comprised of a rigorous curriculum which endeavors to prepare students for college level courses. During their tenure, scholars will fulfill the New York State high school requirements while obtaining 20 transferable college credits.

Selection Criteria

  • English (80-100) , Math (80-100) , Science (80-100) , Social Studies (80-100)
  • Math Levels: 3-4 ; English Language Arts Levels: 3-4

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

Academics

AP COURSES: English Literature and Composition, Government and Politics: United States, United States History, World History

Online: N/A

Language classes: French, Spanish

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Cheerleaders Club, Chess, Committee for Girls, Dance Team, Debate Team, Drama, Drumline, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Jazz Band, Jewelry-making, Library Squad, Math Team, National Honor Society, Poetry Slam, Red Berets, Robotics, Sophisticated Gents, Sound and Video Production, Speech and Debate, Student Government, Talent Show, Team-Pro, The Crown Jewel Steppers, Travel, Video Filmmaking, Voices of the High Choir, Yearbook, Young People's Project

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball & JV Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Football & JV Football, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Cross Country, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball

Other schools sports: N/A

Source: High school directory

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