Brooklyn Studio Secondary School

An Insideschools pick for Special Education
8310 21ST AVENUE
BROOKLYN NY 11214 Map
Phone: (718) 266-5032
Website: Click here
Admissions: Unzoned/Ed Opt
Principal: Andrea Ciliotta
Neighborhood: Bensonhurst
District: 21
Grade range: 6-12
Parent Coordinator: ANGELICA DIAZ
Humanities & Interdisciplinary
Performing Arts

Buses: B1, B4, B6, B64, B8, B82

What's special:

This small, gentle school is a pioneer in "inclusion"

The downside:

May not be challenging enough for advanced students

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Brooklyn Studio Secondary School is a combined middle and high school whose arts programs and a warm community atmosphere attract many students from the surrounding area. The school has long been known for its commitment to including special needs children in general education classes with two teachers. Its major liability may be its somewhat dingy, outdated facility.

Brooklyn Studio offers opportunities in the arts for students who may not want to audition or attend one of the city's more pressured arts schools. The visual arts program takes a digital approach and looks at media including photography and cartooning. Brooklyn Studio's music program provides instruction in woodwind, brass and percussion, along with several performance groups. There is no vocal music. The dance program, open to both boys and girls in grades 6 through 12, offers classes in technique and opportunities to perform,

Brooklyn Studio gives students opportunities they might not have in larger schools. For example, high school students who do not want to take a full arts sequence may take individual courses as electives. And Brooklyn Studio's many sports teams are fairly accessible. "Even though we are competitive, there's a good chance that if you come out for a team, you'll get on it," a counselor says. The middle school also fields several teams.

The high school offers a full academic program with four years of math and science Advanced Placement English and U.S. history, as well as three years of Spanish and Italian. Its College Now program enables students to take classes at Kingsborough Community College.

The Department of Education gives the middle school high marks for boosting student achievement. However, about one-quarter of high school students don’t graduate on time, and many who do need remediation when they get to college, according to DOE statistics. Some teachers complain that the school is not challenging academically, according to the 2012 Learning Environment Survey. Substantial numbers of teachers say the principal has poor communication with staff. On the positive side, children feel safe and most teachers agree order and discipline are maintained.

Even school staff members concede the physical facility leaves much to be desired. It is an old building, with few frills and tending toward to drab. "We do the best with what we have," a counselor says.

In general, middle and high schools are fairly separate, having lunch at their own times and using different floors of the building. However, one teacher says the school is very much a community and, "Nothing malicious or nefarious happens between the high school and middle school."

Students keep the same guidance counselor for their four years of high school, and that counselor also handle college counseling. Students go on to two and four-year CUNY and SUNY schools as well as private colleges.

Special education: Brooklyn Studio was a pioneer in inclusion of students with special needs, and today about two thirds of all classes at Brooklyn Studio Brooklyn Studio are team teaching classes. There are no self-contained classes.

Admissions: The middle school is open to District 21 residents, with students getting preference if they attend an open house or junior high school fair. About 65 percent of its middle school students remain at Brooklyn Secondary for high school. Residents of District 21 have preference for the remaining high school seats, and take up most of them, followed by Brooklyn residents. Selection is by the educational option method. (Gail Robinson, October 2012. Interviews at open house.)

Middle InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Number of Students 917

Average Daily Attendance 90%

Uniforms? NA

Students at this school

Asian

  
18%

Black

  
4%

Hispanic

  
29%

White

  
49%

Free Lunch

  
75%

Special ed

  
19%

English Language Learners

  
13%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.49 2.59 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?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE KIDS NICE?

How many students complain about bullying?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

45% 49% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

58% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

25% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

NA 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students are chronically absent?

31% 23% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

34% 29% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

31% hi 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS Prep

How many 8th graders pass high school regents exams?

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

20% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

21% 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How do graduates do in 9th grade?

Percent who pass all their classes freshman year:

NA NA 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:

14% 3% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

43% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

4% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

28% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

25% 9% 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:

4% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

21% 18% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Number of Students 917

Average Daily Attendance 90%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
18%

Black

  
4%

Hispanic

  
29%

White

  
49%

Free Lunch

  
75%

Special ed

  
19%

English Language Learners

  
13%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.49 2.39 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:

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Middle school students doing math at grade level:

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Safety & vibe

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

68% 74% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

25% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

77% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

31% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2015

How many students graduated within 4 years?

76% 69% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

13% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

83% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

4% 9% 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?

55%

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

35%

Are students ready for college?

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

38% 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

434
424 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 495 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

67% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

458
432 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 511 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

Is the guidance counseling helpful?

How many students say that this school provides helpful counseling on college or job-seeking?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

61% 48% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

82% 57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners graduated within 4 years?

48% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners graduated within 6 years?

56% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

Digital Communications and Media for New Students

Ed. Opt.

A career-based, interactive technology program with an emphasis on fine arts, computer graphics, digital photography/filmmaking, web-design, and internships.

Brooklyn Studio Secondary School for Current Students

For Continuing 8th Graders

Students will select either the Instrumental Music Program or the Digital Communications Program by the spring term of ninth grade.

Instrumental Music for New Students

Ed. Opt.

Small group instruction on band instruments. Participation in concert bands. Electives in Music Theory, Music History, Sight-Singing; Preparation for State adjudications. Evaluations of solo and ensemble work.

Academics

AP COURSES: AP English, AP US History

Source: High school directory 2015-2016

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Animal Activism Club, Arista, Chess, Concert Band, Dance, Jewish Club, Student Government, Senior Committee, Yearbook, Road Runners

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Handball, Soccer

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Bowling, Handball, Soccer, Softball

Source: High school directory 2015-2016

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