High School for Service & Learning at Erasmus

911 FLATBUSH AVENUE
BROOKLYN NY 11226 Map
Phone: (718) 564-2551
Website: Click here
Admissions: Brooklyn
Principal: Peter Fabianski
Neighborhood: Flatbush
District: 17
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: Pearl Cummings
Humanities & Interdisciplinary

Buses: B12, B16, B35, B41, B44, B49

What's special:

Lots of individual attention boosts graduation rates.

The downside:

Few AP classes.

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

The High School for Service and Learning, one of five small schools on the Erasmus Hall Campus in Flatbush, deploys a number of adults to keep watch on issues outside the classroom that could affect students. That, along with a no nonsense approach to discipline and extra academic support, helps many students graduate who otherwise might not.

"It's a tremendous, tremendous intervention system. Every child feels they're being followed, that someone cares about them," says principal Peter Fabianski, who began serving as principal in 2011 and has been an Erasmus in some capacity since the early 1990s. "It makes us a unique school."

Many students arrive at Service and Learning overage or with low test scores. The school's approach, Fabianski believes, spurs its students to graduate on time, most with Regents diplomas. The city awarded the school an "A" on its Progress Report. The city gives high marks to schools that graduate struggling students on time, even if they are not well-prepared for college.

Teachers focus on a particular grade -- or cohort -- and follow those students throughout their high school years. With the assistance of guidance counselors, faculty members "adopt" students. With an enrollment of about 420, Service and Learning has three guidance counselors and a college counselor. Counselors meet one-on-one with all students at least once a term, and the parent coordinator says she has an open door policy with students.

The school tries to involve parents. Students may resist, one counselor said, but she added, "When graduates come back they tell us, 'Thank you for getting my parents on my back.'"

The school day runs 9 periods, allowing for double periods of English, math or social studies, depending on the student. All 9th graders get a double period of English. In addition to providing extra instruction, the longer day allows students to amass credits on a timely basis.

While they may not take a full schedule, seniors have a fairly complete schedule of classes, with a writing class and pre calculus among the offerings available. Service and Learning has a forensics and law program, which includes classes and visits to a law firm. To try to expand its curriculum, the school shares classes, such as AP English, art and music, with other schools at Erasmus. Service and Learning also retains some of its service focus. Students have visited a nursing home, tutored at an elementary school and worked in a community garden.

Along with representatives of the other schools, Service and Learning staff sweep the halls. "We have zero tolerance for kids hanging out," Fabianski said as he confronted two boys sitting in the hallway seemingly with little intention of going to class early on a rainy Monday.

Students at Service and Learning, like those at the other schools in the building, get to celebrate Erasmus' past, play on its athletic teams and share some lovely facilities, such as the library. Some remnants of the building's more recent, less storied history linger as well. Although the schools was calm when we visited, students pass through a metal detector to enter the building, and many students say they do not feel safe on the Erasmus grounds.

Special education: The school has team teaching classes in 9th, 10th and 11th grade.

Admission: Unscreened, with preference to students who attend an information session. (Gail Robinson, May 2012)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

Erasmus Hall Educational Campus

Number of Students 434

Average Daily Attendance 86%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
3%

Black

  
82%

Hispanic

  
10%

White

  
2%

Free Lunch

  
78%

Special ed

  
18%

English Language Learners

  
10%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.15 2.40 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

27 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

59% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

91% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

71% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

96% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

38% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2014

How many students graduated within 4 years?

75% 73% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

77% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many students graduated within 4 years?

71% 65% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

10% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

78% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

15% 10% 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?

1%

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

11%

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

9%

Are students ready for college?

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

14% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

385
418 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 497 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

53% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

372
426 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 513 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

Is the guidance counseling helpful?

How many students say that this school provides helpful counseling on college or job-seeking?

76% 76% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

41% 47% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

63% 54% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

98% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

96% 89% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners graduated within 4 years?

37% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners graduated within 6 years?

56% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

School admission priorities:

  1. Priority to Brooklyn students or residents who attend an information session
  2. Then to New York City residents who attend an information session
  3. Then to Brooklyn students or residents
  4. Then to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

High School for Service & Learning

Limited Unscreened

Academics

AP COURSES: English Literature and Composition, United States History

Online: Spanish Language and Culture

Language classes: Spanish

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Art, Band, Brooklyn College Community Partnership, Chess, Chorus, Computer, Culture, Dance, Debate, Drama, History, Peer Tutoring, School Leadership Team, Service Learning Projects, STEP, Student Government, Video & TV Production, Yearbook, Yoga

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

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball

Other schools sports: Swimming, Cheerleading, Bowling, Handball Cheerleading, Handball

Source: High school directory

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