High School for Civil Rights

400 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE
BROOKLYN NY 11207 Map
Phone: (718) 922-6289
Website: Click here
Admissions: Brooklyn priority
Principal: MICHAEL STEELE
Neighborhood: East New York
District:19
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: KAREN MOORE
Law & Government

Buses: B14, B15, B20

What's special:

Law and debate team, courtroom on campus

The downside:

Low attendance

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

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)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

Thomas Jefferson Educational Campus

Number of Students 349

Average Daily Attendance 77%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
1%

Black

  
77%

Hispanic

  
21%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
77%

Special ed

  
23%

English Language Learners

  
10%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.50 2.80 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

23 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?

83% 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?

92% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

59% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

57% 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

74% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

58% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

72% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

16% 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?

1%

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

2%

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

1%

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?

4% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

407
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

42%

SAT math scores

386
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?

76% 76% 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?

30% 45% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

56% 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

99% 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 starting school in 2008 graduated within 4 years?

40% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

58% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

School admission priorities:

  1. Priority to Brooklyn students or residents who attend an information session
  2. Then to New York City residents who attend an information session
  3. Then to Brooklyn students or residents
  4. Then to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

High School for Civil Rights

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The High School for Civil Rights is a dynamic institution dedicated to providing high-quality educational programs, as well as an emphasis on issues relating to civil rights awareness. We have a court room available for mock trials and law-related classes.

Academics

AP COURSES: N/A

Online: N/A

Language classes: Spanish

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Arista National Honor Society, Chess, Leadership, Moot Court, Region 5 Chorus, Teen Center

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball & JV Basketball, Cross Country, Football & JV Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Volleyball

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

Other schools sports: YMCA Collaborations offer Swimming Instruction, Junior Kicks

Source: High school directory

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