High School for Civil Rights
BROOKLYN NY 11207 Map
High School for Civil Rights
Buses: B14, B15, B20, B83
The High School for Civil Rights has expanded its theme to include a focus on law. Students can take classes on Constitutional law and participate in a real Youth Court in the school's onsite court room. There is P.M. school and extra tutoring for the many students who come in below grade level. An experienced staff is quick to address safety concerns, but low attendance persists.
Many students come to Civil Rights in part to participate in the high-powered sports teams that dominate the Jefferson campus where the school is located. To keep them engaged academically after the sports season has ended, the school offers extra classes like forensic science and street law and has an extended day, or P.M. school, which runs from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. There are also double periods in some core subjects, lunch-time tutoring and Saturday school. A summer bridge program and a 9th grade coordinator works to capture students' interest when they first arrive.
High-achieving students can choose from several AP classes, including calculus, U.S. history and English.
Principal Michael Steele, who has led the school since 2005, is hoping to get help from the mayor's male leadership initiative to boost flagging attendance. He is also planning to offer more incentives and rewards for good attendance. "We have very experienced teachers here," said Steele, who believes in a combination of traditional discipline and emotional support. "We try to make it a home away from home."
Located in the highest crime precinct in the city, the schools on the Jefferson campus have worked with the NYPD to create a safe passageway to and from the school. The same problems that exist in the neighborhood and surrounding housing projects seep into the school. All students must pass through metal detectors. Guards were courteous the day we visited, but security is tight and the process can be intimidating.
Inside the school, hallways were orderly and classrooms were quiet. Groups of students who tried to linger in the hallways were sheparded to class by vigilant hall monitors.
College admissions: There is a dedicated college advisor who leads a college prep class every week. A teacher assigned to help with SAT prep. Students mostly attend CUNY and SUNY schools and colleges such as Ithaca College and University of Connecticut.
Special education: There are Integrated Co-teaching classes with two teachers.
After school: The campus hums after school ends. There are numerous high-powered sports teams shared with other schools in Jefferson, academic tutoring and clubs such as cheerleading and robotics.
Admissions: Priority goes to Brooklyn students and residents who attend an information session. (Meredith Kolodner, May 2012)
At a glance
Number of Students 319
Average Daily Attendance 75%
Metal detectors? Yes
INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.09 2.40 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Safety & vibe
ARE CLASSES BIG?
Number of students in an average english class23 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?
How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?63% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?94% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?
How many students say they feel safe in hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?90% 85% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?94% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How Many Students are Chronically Absent?59% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Class of 2014
How many students passed a Regents exam for algebra 2, physics or chemistry?1%
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
Programs and Admissions
School admission priorities:
- Priority to Brooklyn students or residents who attend an information session
- Then to New York City residents who attend an information session
- Then to Brooklyn students or residents
- Then to New York City residents
High School for Civil Rights and Law
Curriculum emphasizes issues relating to civil rights awareness and the American Constitution.
AP COURSES: Biology
EXTRACURRICULAR: Arista National Honor Society, Chess, Leadership, Moot Court, Studio Recording, Step Program, SAGA Mathematics
BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Volleyball
GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Flag Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Volleyball
Other schools sports: YMCA Collaborations offer Swimming Instruction, Junior Kicks