Leon M. Goldstein High School for the Sciences

An Insideschools pick
1830 SHORE BOULEVARD
BROOKLYN NY 11235 Map
Phone: (718) 368-8500
Website: Click here
Admissions: selective
Principal: Scott Hughes
Neighborhood: Manhattan Beach
District: 22
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: Debra Eng
Science & Math
Wheelchair Accessible
Screened

Buses: B1, B4, B44, B44-SBS, B49

What's special:

Enviable setting, articulate students, many AP courses and computer electives

The downside:

Far from the subway

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Situated on the spacious but remote campus of Kingsborough Community College, Leon Goldstein High School for the Sciences boasts waterside views, a relaxed atmosphere and top-notch academics. The 2002 building has computer and science labs, a ceramics studio with a working kiln, a library and media room, and a cafeteria with a wall of windows. It is connected to Kingsborough’s full-size gymnasium and a beautiful swimming pool.

Goldstein attracts some of the best and brightest students in Brooklyn who want a school that’s smaller than popular giants like Brooklyn Tech. It’s the kind of place where a girl carries around a novel that she is reading for fun, not for English class. Students are treated respectfully, much like the college students they are soon to become.

Academic rigor has stepped up since Principal Scott Hughes came in 2012. A former computer science teacher at Mark Twain middle school, Hughes doubled the number of AP courses—some begin as early as 9th grade—and mandated a longer school day for all four years. “We maximize the 4th year to get them ready for college and career,” he said. The number of graduates prepared for college far exceeds the city’s average. College Now courses are offered through Kingsborough Community College, allowing students to earn college credits.

Actions that would be problematic in other schools, such as wearing a hat or hoodie, or eating a sandwich in a classroom, are not at Goldstein. Because of the demanding class schedule—each student has four 54-minute academic periods each day—students bring in food to eat at their desks on the days they don’t get an official lunch period.

Students are required to take four years of math and science and three years of either Spanish or Italian. There are many science offerings, including three sections of calculus, organic chemistry and AP chemistry. Many kids participate in city and school Science Olympiads.

Every freshman and sophomore must take two semesters of computer science to learn digital logic, computer architecture, programming and other sophisticated skills. “We’re trying to teach them the Latin of computer science as opposed to learning a particular program,” said Hughes. Some teens are getting “hands-on entrepreneurial skills,” developing a mobile app for youth hostels with Young & Rubicam advertising company.

Despite an emphasis on math, science and computer studies, the English department is arguably the strongest at Goldstein.  “If you can’t read and write, you can’t do science and math,” Hughes said. In one class, students reading Animal Farm were making parallels with the Soviet Union. Small groups had created information stations with students traveling from one to another, taking notes and learning from everyone’s research

Literature and social studies lessons are frequently intertwined. In a global history class, students studied the Chinese Cultural Revolution by examining Mao Tse Tung’s quotations, and photographs from the time.

Arts flourish too. There is a jazz band and a chorus and piano classes. Other electives include drama, ceramics, and painting. Seniors work with incoming freshman to prepare for the annual SING! competition.

In addition to peer tutoring, an after-school program is open to all students who need help or are looking for a place to work on class projects. The Child First initiative focuses on the lowest-performing one-third of students by giving those students extra tutoring, mentoring and emotional support.

Girls have a strong voice in the school, making up 55 percent of the population. They field winning PSAL teams, especially in volleyball, tennis and swimming.

In senior year, students are allowed to go out to lunch, on or off campus. Not everyone can handle the freedom—we saw a student being escorted to the deans’ office by two adults for cutting class.

Goldstein is a long walk from the closest subway line and many students are driven to school by their parents.

COLLEGE: The majority of graduates go to SUNYs and CUNYs, with a high number enrolling in the prestigious Macauley Honors program, as well as selective private colleges and Ivies, including UPenn, Columbia, Cornell and Princeton.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: About 15 percent of students have IEPs (individualized education plans); some meet the school’s stringent academic screen for admission, but many do not. There are ICT (integrated co-teaching) classes on most grades but by the later years, there is a move to integrate all students. There are some students on the autism spectrum but Goldstein is no longer an ASD support school. The building is shared with a District 75 program for autistic students and about 10–12 of them are included in some Goldstein classes.

ADMISSIONS: Admission is based on the 7th grade report card, attendance and punctuality. Minimum required grade for English and social studies is 80; for math and science, 85. There are far more applicants (nearly 5,000 in 2015) than the 250 seats. A detailed breakdown is on the school’s website. “It’s an authentic, cold-hearted mathematical process,” said the principal, who fields many calls from parents wondering why their child wasn’t accepted. The largest number of students come from nearby Bay Academy and PS/IS 207. (Pamela Wheaton, April 2015)

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 1081

Average Daily Attendance 96%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
19%

Black

  
10%

Hispanic

  
11%

White

  
59%

Free Lunch

  
46%

Special ed

  
13%

English Language Learners

  
1%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 3.32 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

31 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

58% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

50% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

90% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

79% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

9% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2014

How many students graduated within 4 years?

96% 73% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

99% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many students graduated within 4 years?

96% 65% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

63% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

97% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

0% 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?

52%

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

85%

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

87%

Are students ready for college?

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

83% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

552
418 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 497 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

91% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

569
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?

68% 76% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

93% 47% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

86% 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?

95% 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. Open to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

Leon M. Goldstein High School for the Sciences

Screened

An enriched and challenging curriculum in the sciences and humanities that exceeds city and state requirements.

Selection Criteria

  • English (80-100) , Math (85-100) , Science (85-100) , Social Studies (80-100)
  • 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

Academics

AP COURSES: Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, English Literature and Composition, Microeconomics, Spanish Language and Culture, Statistics, Studio Art: Drawing, United States History, World History

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: African American Club, Anime Club, Archon, Arista, B’nai B'rith, Center for Arts Education, CUNY Arts, Dances, Film, Gamers Club, Hispanic Club, Intel, Jewish Culture Club, Musical and Dramatic Plays, Musical Concerts, Project Hope, Scholastic Art Competition, Sci-Fi, SING, Volunteer Activities

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Bowling, Golf, Handball, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Bowling, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball

Source: High school directory

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