Science, Technology and Research Early College High School at Erasmus

An Insideschools pick

911 FLATBUSH AVENUE
BROOKLYN NY 11226 Map
Phone: (718) 564-2540
Website: Click here
Admissions: Screened, boroughwide
Wheelchair accessible
Principal: Dr. Eric L. Blake
Neighborhood: Flatbush
District: 17
Grade range: 06 thru 12
Parent Coordinator: ANESHA SLATER

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

What's special:

Strong college focus with homey feel.

The downside:

Lots of test prep.

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

The STAR: Science, Technology and Research Early College School at Erasmus has strong leadership, high academic standards and a good record getting kids into college. It draws from the Afro-Caribbean community of East Flatbush and most of the teachers and staff reflect the values of that community--"no nonsense" but "in your corner" at the same time. Principal Eric Blake, who is also of Caribbean descent, believes in the school so much that his own son attends. Students take courses at Brooklyn College and most graduate with 30 to 60 college credits.

Many academically challenging schools, particularly in African-American neighborhoods, have many more girls than boys. STAR, however, has roughly even numbers of boys and girls. Teachers go out of their way to provide encouragement to boys and their efforts seem to be paying off. On our visit, we saw boys contributing to class discussions and eagerly raising their hands to be recognized.

STAR was founded in 2003 with active partnerships with Brooklyn College and the City University of New York's science-oriented Gateway Institute. It focuses on preparing high school students to do college-level academics in all grades, across subject areas. Classes such as Spanish, calculus and the classics equip students for the SATs. Specially trained Brooklyn College students assist at Erasmus as paid tutors. All classrooms have two adults.

Middle school is accelerated so that students take their Regents in Algebra, Spanish and Living Environment in 7th and 8th grade. They aim to finish the rest of their Regents by the 10th grade so they are ready to take two college courses. In addition to the college courses, the school also offers Advanced Placement courses for the 10th and 11th graders. Students can expect lots of test prep for the Regents. The principal told us as much as 40 percent of the academic year is devoted to test prep.

High school students act as "buddies" to middle school students, helping them with reading. There are also "mixed" classes in subject areas like math and science that are based on student abilities, not their age. Students sometimes arrive with habits that the school quickly addresses. In one middle school class we saw a teacher correcting a student who used the phrase "shut up" in the class.

The structure in high school provides every student with a different program. Some students may start the day at STAR with their chosen academic classes or gym, and then they're off to Brooklyn College for courses or vice versa. By the time students are in the upper high school grades, they are self-motivated. We saw engaging teachers use celebrities to bring across their analogy without taking away from the subject. Students were attentive.

The school has made efforts to beef up technology. There are four labs where computer technology and graphics and online learning are offered. Students may take French, German, Chinese and Spanish. STAR joins with the other schools in Erasmus for sports teams run through PSAL. Erasmus has one of the city's top sports teams, including a rare girl's swim team. Another positive: students have lockers.

Special education: The school has very limited special education services.

College admissions: Many students attend CUNY schools and 90% are still enrolled after the first year, Blake said. Some students go to private colleges like Dartmouth and Cornell.

Admissions: Students living in Brooklyn who score level 3 and 4 may apply, and the family is interviewed. However, children scoring high level 2 may apply if they are willing to sign on to the school's college culture and the dedication required. Current middle school students have preference for the high school but must reapply. The school is near the "A" and "C" subway stops and easily accessible by bus. (Jacquie Wayans, April 2012)

Middle InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

Erasmus Hall Educational Campus

Number of Students 532

Average Daily Attendance 96%

Uniforms? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
3%

Black

  
87%

Hispanic

  
7%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
81%

Special ed

  
3%

English Language Learners

  
0%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 3.19 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?

71% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

69% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE KIDS NICE?

How many students complain about bullying?

66% 71% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

65% 56% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

86% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

81% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

85% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

22 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students are chronically absent?

7% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam

36% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ela exam

35% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 science exam

61% 51% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS Prep

How many 8th graders pass high school regents exams?

Percent of 8th graders who take and pass the algebra regents:

50% 19% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

39% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How do graduates do in 9th grade?

Percent who pass all their classes freshman year:

90% 84% 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 2013 math exam:

NA 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

NA 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:

NA 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

NA 4% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:

NA 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 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 2013 ELA exam:

NA 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of former ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

NA 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

Erasmus Hall Educational Campus

Number of Students 532

Average Daily Attendance 96%

Uniforms? Yes

Metal detectors? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
3%

Black

  
87%

Hispanic

  
7%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
81%

Special ed

  
3%

English Language Learners

  
0%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 3.20 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:

36% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Middle school students doing math at grade level:

36% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Safety & vibe

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

30 24 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

71% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

81% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

73% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

86% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

7% 34% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

96% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

96% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

99% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

4% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

99% 73% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

1% 12% 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?

88%

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

22%

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?

48% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

468
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

89%

SAT math scores

474
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?

84% 75% 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?

NA 44% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

85% 88% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

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

38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

School admission priorities:

  1. Priority to continuing 8th graders
  2. Then to Brooklyn students or residents
  3. Then to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

Early College

Screened

Starting in the 11th grade, students begin to take college courses at Brooklyn College and other CUNY colleges in pathways of science and non-science subjects. Students can earn 30 to 60 college credits related to core college pathways.

Selection Criteria

  • English (80-100) , Math (80-100) , Science (80-100) , Social Studies (80-100)
  • Math Levels: 2-4 ; English Language Arts Levels: 2-4

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

Academics

AP COURCES: English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition

Online: N/A

Language classes: French, Spanish

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Brooklyn College Community Partnership Program sponsored activities: Video Production, Brooklyn College Saturday Courses, Chess, College Prep and Guidance Workshops, Computer, Conflict Resolution Training, Dance, Drama, Leadership Class, National Honor Society, Peer Mediation Center, Performance Art, Regents Prep, SAT Prep, School Yearbook, STEP, Student Government, Study Center, Technology, Teen Talk; School Clubs: Anime, Tutoring, Young Entrepreneurs

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, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball

Other schools sports: N/A

Source: High school directory

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