School for Democracy and Leadership

600 KINGSTON AVENUE
BROOKLYN NY 11203 Map
Phone: (718) 771-4865
Website: Click here
Principal: James Olearchik
Neighborhood: East Flatbush
District:17
Grade range: 6-12
Parent Coordinator: KIMBERLY RAY
Science & Math
Law & Government

Buses: B12, B17, B43, B44

What's special:

Specialized classes in math, science and law

The downside:

Safety concerns

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

The School for Democracy and Leadership aims to develop students who “will be a positive force in the world, capable of influencing change and contributing constructively to democracy in our society,” according to the High School Directory. Howver, the school struggles with safety and discipline issues. It opened in September 2004 in the Wingate Educational Complex and serves students in grades 6-12.

Students pass through metal detectors to enter the building. One-third of students responding to the Learning Environment survey reported that they feel unsafe in school and nearly 50 percent said that they feel unsafe on the property outside the school. The students said physical fights and bullying are problems.

The school has two leadership programs, one for math and science and another for law, that offer advanced and specialized courses designed to prepare students for careers in these fields, according to the directory. Despite these programs, 60 percent of teachers reported in the 2011-12 Learning Environment Survey that classes and activities are too limited to keep the students' interest. Thirty percent said academic standards are low.

There are Advanced Placement classes in psychology and US history and students prepare an Academic Portfolio for graduation. However, fewer than 5 percent of students were considered ready for college-level work in 2011.

According to the directory, students wear a uniform of a gray collared shirt and black pants/skirt.

Afterschool activities include robotics, mural painting, a video club and other clubs in addition to building-wide PSAL sports. Selected students participate in the Global Kids Summer of Service, a 7-week internship program for high school students.

Special education: The school offers ICT classes and SETSS services.

Admissions: Priority to continuing 8th graders, then to students in Districts 17, 18 and 22, and Brooklyn residents who attend an information session. (Aryn Bloodworth, DOE statistics, November 2012)

Middle InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

George Wingate Educational Campus

Number of Students 330

Average Daily Attendance 83%

Uniforms? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
1%

Black

  
87%

Hispanic

  
10%

White

  
2%

Free Lunch

  
86%

Special ed

  
22%

English Language Learners

  
5%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.57 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?

43% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

75% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE KIDS NICE?

How many students complain about bullying?

77% 71% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

25% 57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

58% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

65% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

44% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

18 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students are chronically absent?

46% 24% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 math exam

10% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ela exam

8% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 science exam

33% 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:

87% 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 2014 math exam:

0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ELA exam:

0% 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 math exam:

0% 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ELA exam:

0% 4% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 math exam:

NA 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 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 2014 ELA exam:

NA 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of former ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2014 ELA exam:

NA 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

George Wingate Educational Campus

Number of Students 330

Average Daily Attendance 83%

Uniforms? Yes

Metal detectors? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
1%

Black

  
87%

Hispanic

  
10%

White

  
2%

Free Lunch

  
86%

Special ed

  
22%

English Language Learners

  
5%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.60 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% 24% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Safety & vibe

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

23 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

47% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

81% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

57% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

54% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

46% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

54% 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

76% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

68% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

3% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

76% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

10% 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?

44%

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

6%

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?

9% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

367
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

60%

SAT math scores

377
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?

67% 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?

33% 45% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

63% 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

74% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

92% 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. Priority to continuing 8th graders
  2. Then to Districts 17, 18 and 22 students or residents who attend an information session
  3. Then to Brooklyn students or residents who attend an information session
  4. Then to New York City residents who attend an information session
  5. Then to Districts 17, 18 and 22 students or residents
  6. Then to Brooklyn students or residents
  7. Then to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

Math/Science Leadership

Limited Unscreened

Advanced math/science courses to prepare for careers in medicine, engineering, and science research, with science, math, medicine and research internships.

Law and Leadership

Limited Unscreened

Law and government courses focusing on legal rights of youth, with law- or government-related internships and opportunities to work with youth court.

Academics

AP COURCES: Psychology, United States History

Online: N/A

Language classes: Spanish

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Art and Activism, Breakdance, Choir, Coro Leadership, Dance, Drama, Educational Activism, Human Rights, Mentoring, National Honor Society, Newspaper, Robotics, Step, Student Government, Theater, Youth Court, Youth Legal Rights

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Bowling, Handball, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

Other schools sports: Intramural Sports, Track and Field

Source: High school directory

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