High School for Public Service: Heroes of Tomorrow

An Insideschools pick
600 KINGSTON AVENUE
BROOKLYN NY 11203 Map
Phone: (718) 756-5325
Website: Click here
Admissions: Screened, Brooklyn priority
Principal: Sean Rice
Neighborhood: East Flatbush
District: 17
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: Eric Ferreira
Humanities & Interdisciplinary
Health Professions
Law & Government
Wheelchair Accessible

Buses: B12, B17, B43, B44

What's special:

Strong leadership; emphasis on academic excellence and community responsibility blend well.

The downside:

Building's electrical systems need an upgrade.

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

High School for Public Service/Heroes for Tomorrow is a Brooklyn gem, posting top graduation rates while also preparing a higher than average percentage of graduates for college-level work.

The combination of public service and strong academics has been a winning one at Public Service, which has been led by Benjamin Shuldiner since its founding in 2003.

Although the school accepts students who score a Level 2 or higher on state exams, many students arrive performing at grade level and there are fewer students who require special education services than at most schools.

"This school has great leadership and staff," said a New Visions official who provides support to the school. "There's not a lot of turnover, and they are very committed to the vision of public service combined with academic excellence."

Students enter either the medical or legal academy at the school. The law section, which features a mock-trial program, is run by an attorney, while a teacher-physician oversees the medical section. Students there participate in internships at hospitals, including SUNY Downstate Medical Center, located just a block from the school.

Strong leadership and low teacher turnover has led to a consistent academic structure. All students have to complete two projects in each class. The projects, called "mastery work," are evaluated according to expectations that are spelled out in detail, and students may revise their work for an improved grade. Each course also has an exam at the conclusion of every marking period. As students advance, they are expected to write longer essays and conduct their own research.

The school does a thorough job of incorporating public service into the academic curriculum and academic skills into the public service program. In addition to taking traditional courses, students must enroll in classes about community service, leadership, and ethics. They also complete 50 hours of community service each year. At first, they sign up to work with established volunteer programs, but by their junior year they are expected to create their own projects.

Student interest has given rise to an environmental emphasis in these projects and some coursework. A 10,000 square-foot garden was built by community partners in front of the Wingate campus, and is tended by students.

School officials report a good working relationship between the five schools that share the building but say that the heating and air conditioning systems could use an upgrade.

There is a College Now program connected to Brooklyn College, and several AP courses are offered.

College admissions: There is a strong emphasis on college enrollment. Many students go to two and four-year CUNY schools. Some go out of state, including a handful to Ivy League schools.

Afterschool: Students participate in a range of campus wide sports teams and an array of social and academic clubs. Tutoring is also available.

Admissions: Students must score at least a Level 2 on state math and ELA exams and have a 75 average in core middle school subjects. Priority goes to Brooklyn students. (Meredith Kolodner, web reports & interviews, September 2012)

InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

George Wingate Educational Campus

Number of Students 439

Average Daily Attendance 93%

Uniforms? Yes

Metal detectors? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
4%

Black

  
80%

Hispanic

  
14%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
86%

Special ed

  
8%

English Language Learners

  
1%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.74 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

21 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?

95% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

78% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

100% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

17% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2014

How many students graduated within 4 years?

93% 73% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

99% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many students graduated within 4 years?

94% 65% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

1% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

97% 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?

7%

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

9%

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?

43% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

431
418 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 497 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

84% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

427
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?

81% 76% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

83% 47% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

100% 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?

100% 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
  2. Then to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

Law Academy ï¾– HSPS

Screened

Criminal, civil & constitutional law, juvenile justice, corrections, criminology; explore education requirements of lawyers, paralegals, court reporters, judges, police officers, criminal psychologists, and criminal investigators; mentor assigned.

Selection Criteria

  • English (75-100) , Math (75-100) , Science (75-100) , Social Studies (75-100)
  • 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

Medical Academy ï¾– HSPS

Screened

Explore healthcare career options, medical science curriculum with clinical applications. Courses: Anatomy & Physiology, Immunology, Infectious Diseases & Public Health. Hands-on experience at SUNY Downstate Medical Center & Kings County Hospital.

Selection Criteria

  • English (75-100) , Math (75-100) , Science (75-100) , Social Studies (75-100)
  • 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

Public Service Academy: Social Action & Leadership

Ed. Opt.

Service Learning, Social Action, Human Rights, Public Policy, Civic Engineering. Students engage in service and volunteer projects to influence social issues in the community and world leadership training. Internships & scholarship-based competitions.

Academics

AP COURSES: Biology, Calculus AB, Chemistry, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Statistics, United States History, World History

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Academic Intervention Services (AIS), Advanced Placement (AP) Prep, Archon National Community Service Honor Society, Arista National Academic Honor Society, Band, Benefit Concert Planning Committee, Chorus, Community Service Posts & Volunteer Opportunities, Coro Leadership Training Program, Documentary Filmmaking Team, Downtown Community Television (DC-TV) Film & Media, Drama, Fitness, Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), Internship Placements, Keyboard Lab, Medical, Reaction, NY Cares Youth Service, Peer Mediation Team, Poetry, Regents Prep, Safe Harbor Peer Leadership Program, SAT Prep, School Literary Magazine, School Newspaper, Student Government, Teaching Assistant Program, Travel, Wingate Generals Step Team

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

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

Other schools sports: The High School for Public Service participates in PSAL Sports as part of the George Wingate Educational Campus.

Source: High school directory

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