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
Principal: Eric Blake
Neighborhood: Flatbush
District: 17
Grade range: 6-12
Parent Coordinator: Anesha Slater
Science & Math
Wheelchair Accessible
Vocational
Screened

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

What's special:

Students take courses at Brooklyn college; CTE program in electrical engineering

The downside:

Few non-academic electives

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

The Science, Technology and Research Early College School at Erasmus (STAR) is a combined middle and high school that has high academic standards and excellent graduation and college attendance rates. The school draws many students from the nearby Caribbean community of East Flatbush and most of the teachers and staff reflect the "no nonsense, but in your corner" values of that community. Students take free courses at Brooklyn College and many graduate with 30 to 60 college credits.

STAR was founded in 2003 in partnership with Brooklyn College and the City University of New York's Gateway Institute. It focuses on preparing high school students to do college-level academics in all grades, across subject areas. Most students arrive in 6th grade and stay through high school graduation. The school makes good use of its 6-12 structure. High school students serve as “buddies” to middle schools students, helping them with reading and academics. There are also "mixed" classes in subject areas like math and science that are based on student abilities, not their age. For instance a high school geometry class may include some very advanced 8th-graders as well students in 9th, 10th and higher grades.

Middle school is accelerated so that students take their Regents exams in algebra, Spanish and Living Environment in 7th and 8th grade. The goal is for students to complete most or all of the required Regents courses by the 10th grade so they are ready to take college courses beginning in 11th grade. Highly motivated juniors and seniors can end up spending a lot of time at Brooklyn College taking courses such as psychology, theater, anthropology and advance math and science. The school also offers some Advanced Placement courses to accommodate students who are up to the challenge of college-level workn, but not the travel to Brooklyn College.

While most students take at least one course at Brooklyn College before graduation, not all keep up with the accelerated pace in high school. To accommodate all students’ needs, the high school grades are structured to allow individuals to pursue different paths and progress at different rates. Every student has a unique program. Some students may start the day at STAR with their chosen academic classes or gym, and then head to Brooklyn College, others do the reverse, and still others stay at STAR for the full day.

The school also introduced a CTE-certified program in electrical installation and equipment. Select students who complete the full CTE program taught in new, state-of-the-art labs, will be eligible for paid apprenticeships with the MTA after graduation.

There are very few non-academic elective classes. Middle students have art and music instruction and learn French. In high school, French and Spanish are taught in traditional classes and other languages can be studied online

STAR is housed on few floors in a wing of the Erasmus Hall High School Campus building. Middle school students can participate in C.H.A.M.P.S. sports teams and other after school activities. High school students Students can participate in campus-wide PSAL sports. STAR students have lockers.

The school is near the "A" and "C" subway stops and easily accessible by bus.

The school has a college counselor and college office. Many students attend CUNY and SUNY schools and some attend private colleges including high prestigious schools such as Dartmouth and Cornell.

Special education: The school has very few students with special needs and has very limited special education services.

Admissions: For middle school: priority to District 17 students or residents and then to Brooklyn students or residents. Middle school admissions decisions are based on range of criteria including attendance record, test scores, student interview, writing sample and attendance at an open house. For the high school: Priority to continuing 8th-graders, then to Brooklyn students or residents and then students citywide. High school admissions decisions are based on range of criteria including attendance record, grades, test scores, student interview and writing sample. Typically 70 percent of middle school students stay for high school. (Jacquie Wayans, April 2012, updated by Laura Zingmond, March 2014)

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: 3.11 2.60 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?

83% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

92% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE KIDS NICE?

How many students complain about bullying?

49% 71% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

80% 57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

88% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

82% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

94% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

22 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students are chronically absent?

5% 24% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

35% 26% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

43% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

56% 45% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS Prep

How many 8th graders pass high school regents exams?

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

73% 18% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

49% 14% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How do graduates do in 9th grade?

Percent who pass all their classes freshman year:

98% 87% 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 state math exam:

NA 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 13% 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: 2.83 2.40 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:

43% 24% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Middle school students doing math at grade level:

35% 28% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Safety & vibe

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

30 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

83% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

82% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

86% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

88% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

7% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2014

How many students graduated within 4 years?

95% 73% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

99% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many students graduated within 4 years?

96% 65% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

4% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

96% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

1% 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?

5%

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

94%

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

21%

Are students ready for college?

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

52% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

458
418 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 497 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

99% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

463
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?

86% 76% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

NA 47% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

NA 54% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

85% 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 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: Levels 2-4 ; English Language Arts Levels: Levels 2-4

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

Academics

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

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

Source: High school directory

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