Medgar Evers College Preparatory School

An Insideschools pick
1186 CARROLL STREET
BROOKLYN NY 11225 Map
Phone: (718) 703-5400
Website: Click here
Admissions: City wide; selective.
Principal:
Neighborhood: Crown Heights
District: 17
Grade range: 6-12
Parent Coordinator: YVONNE LOWE
Science & Math
Computer Science & Technology
Wheelchair Accessible
Screened

Buses: B43, B44, B44-SBS, B45, B48, B49

What's special:

Accelerated curriculum; AP Mandarin Chinese & topnotch math & science

The downside:

No gym or auditorium in building; slim arts offerings

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

A rigorous ride on a fast track to academic achievement awaits students at Brooklyn's Medgar Evers College Preparatory School. This school has grown over the past decade to become an inspiring success story for its largely African-American population.

Medgar Evers' formula is simple: Select eager, bright students, set high standards, provide resources, believe in students' abilities, and demand excellence. "They don't take failure as an option," said one 11th-grader. "Teachers don't let kids give up." The curriculum includes Chinese language classes, more than 20 Advanced Placement courses (students must take at least one to graduate) and a strong science and technology component (many of the African-American students in New York State who take the Physics CAP Exam come from Medgar Evers).

Many students take physics in 7th grade. "When you expose them early you remove the mystique of 'oh, I can't do it'. We remove the mystique from physics very early," said Dr. Michael Wiltshire, the school's principal, guiding force and most ardent cheerleader. In their high school years, many students earn college credit (tuition-free) at next-door Medgar Evers College.

The school has a very high graduation rate, and most students receive a Regents or Advanced Regents diploma. Nearly everyone goes on to college, including Ivy League schools such as Penn, Brown, Columbia and Cornell. "We challenge our students," explained Wiltshire. "We give them a rigorous, all-around high school education that will prepare them for any major they choose in college."

Math and science classes last 90 minutes. "That gives time for teachers to teach and time for students to practice," said Wiltshire, but there is less emphasis on writing and English. Wiltshire is working on "beefing up" literature and social studies, he said, after hearing from returning graduates that they are well-prepared to do college work in math and science, but less so in the humanities.  He also wants SAT scores to go up.

The principal and students agree that Medgar Evers is more nurturing than large, specialized schools such as Brooklyn Tech. "Here, everyone knows you," Wiltshire said. "They know your name, they know your mother and father...This is like family. This is like home." A student who chose Medgar Evers over Brooklyn Tech said: "I know the teachers. I see them in the hallway and say hello." Upon entering classrooms, Wiltshire typically greets students with "Hello, scholars." One junior even transferred to Medgar Evers from a citywide selective school, NEST+M, because she had more opportunity to take AP courses at Medgar Evers, she said.

Getting in isn't easy, particularly at the middle school. Medgar Evers has far more applicants than available seats in 6th grade, and 95 percent of the 8th graders stay for high school, said Wiltshire. Many incoming sixth-graders come from gifted and talented programs at schools where other students often tease the smart kids. (One student said of his arrival at Medgar Evers, "It was like going from being the outcast to being normal.") Grades and test scores are important considerations for acceptance, but Wiltshire also looks for children who display an eagerness to learn - and who won't be discipline problems. "We cannot deal with immature sixth-graders," he said. If a kid has the wrong attitude, "it will come out the day they interview," he said.

Students in grades 6-9 must commit to a three-week long summer school, which is designed to give them a head start on their demanding studies. ("We don''t use the summer for remediation," Wiltshire said. "You do remedial work during the school year.") The ninth-grade summer physics course, for example, puts students two or three chapters ahead of their peers by September. Students we spoke to say they are constantly working to keep pace in the competitive environment. "If you're not dedicated, you can't make it at this school," said one.

Students of varying ages co-exist in the halls and classrooms, older students mentor young ones, and students might have the same teacher in 12th grade that they did in 6th. “We don’t look at it as a middle school,” Wiltshire said. “It's an early high school. By the end of 8th grade, most students complete most of their Regents exams.” 

Facilities are the biggest drawback. The sterile, office-like school building has top-notch art and science rooms but lacks a gym, auditorium and athletic fields. Despite this, the girls' basketball team won the PSAL Class A championship in 2010, the girls track team won top honors in 2013. Arts offerings are scarce, although the young marching band and competes at the national level and there is a vibrant dance program.

Special education: Special education services are very limited; extra help is available in extended-day sessions and in resource room. "I believe all kids should be mainstreamed," said Wiltshire. "For slow learners, you make special accommodations to meet their needs."

Admission: Both the middle school and high school are selective. Historically the school has accepted students from all over the city, but in 2013 the Education Department told Wiltshire that District 17 students would get priority in 6th grade admissions. Medgar Evers accepts 75 students each year for 6th grade based on academic performance and attitude. Parents and children are interviewed and children are given a diagnostic test. About 110 additional students are admitted at 9th grade. (Skip Card, December 2010; updated Pamela Wheaton September 2013)

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 1248

Average Daily Attendance 94%

Uniforms? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
2%

Black

  
93%

Hispanic

  
3%

White

  
0%

Free Lunch

  
73%

Special ed

  
3%

English Language Learners

  
1%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 3.57 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?

50% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

67% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE KIDS NICE?

How many students complain about bullying?

68% 71% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

49% 57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

78% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

91% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

91% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

25 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students are chronically absent?

15% 24% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

67% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

71% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 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:

40% 14% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How do graduates do in 9th grade?

Percent who pass all their classes freshman year:

91% 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 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 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 4% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 7% 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

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 1248

Average Daily Attendance 94%

Uniforms? Yes

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
2%

Black

  
93%

Hispanic

  
3%

White

  
0%

Free Lunch

  
73%

Special ed

  
3%

English Language Learners

  
1%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 3.40 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:

62% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Middle school students doing math at grade level:

65% 24% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Safety & vibe

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

28 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

50% 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?

72% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

78% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

15% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many students graduated within 4 years?

96% 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

98% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many students graduated within 4 years?

99% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

22% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

96% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

1% 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?

19%

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

39%

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

56%

Are students ready for college?

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

57% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

470
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

88% 62% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

482
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?

62% 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 45% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

NA 53% 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?

92% 89% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners graduated within 4 years?

40% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners graduated within 6 years?

58% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

School admission priorities:

  1. Priority to continuing 8th graders
  2. Then to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

Math and Technology

Screened

Three years of computer science or information technology leading to A+/and or Networking Certification; internship required. Excel Program leads to Dual Enrollment at Medgar Evers College.

Selection Criteria

  • English (80-100) , Math (80-100) , Science (80-100) , Social Studies (80-100)
  • Math Levels: Levels 3-4 ; English Language Arts Levels: Levels 3-4

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

Science and Research

Screened

Students must complete a research project for submission to a major science competition and take Advanced Placement and/or undergraduate courses in science and research.

Selection Criteria

  • English (80-100) , Math (80-100) , Science (80-100) , Social Studies (80-100)
  • Math Levels: Levels 3-4 ; English Language Arts Levels: Levels 3-4

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

Academics

AP COURSES: Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Chinese Language and Culture, Computer Science A, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Environmental Science, French Language and Culture, Human Geography, Physics B, Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, Physics C: Mechanics, Spanish Language and Culture, Statistics, United States Government and Politics, United States History, World History

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: After-school Tutoring, Art, Fine and Visual Arts (Ceramics, Drawing, Painting, Sculpture), Art History, Cheerleading, Vocal Music (Concert Choir, Chorus), Fine and Performing Arts (Dance, Drama), Journalism, Instrumental Music, Marching Band, Math, Mentor, Mock Trial, Music, National Honor Society, Photography, Poetry, SAT Prep, Saturday Academy, Science, Step Team, Student Government, Table Tennis, Tennis, Travel

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Cross Country, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track

Source: High school directory

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