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: Sheepshead Bay
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:

Emphasis on becoming caring, productive citizens; beautiful campus setting

The downside:

Remote location a long walk from the subway.

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Nestled in the spacious parklike campus of Kingsborough Community College, Leon Goldstein High School for the Sciences boasts waterside views, plenty of light, and a relaxed atmosphere. Built in 2002, the stand-alone building is well equipped with modern facilities, including science labs, a spacious gym, a ceramics studio with a working kiln, a photography studio complete with a darkroom, a library and a media room. The school has use of the Kingsborough swimming pool and auditorium.

Principal Joseph Zaza, who has been with the school since 2001, says he wants to “produce active, caring and productive citizens with a good sense of community” who will contribute to the world. [UPDATE: Scott Hughes replaced Zaza after our visit.] Students must complete 40 hours of community service each year either inside or outside the school. Several of its many clubs focus on community service like People to People, which seeks to improve the circumstances of peoples around the world, the Key Club and Project Hope. Other club options include the Math Honors Society, the Science Honors Society and an ARISTA chapter. Some students help the school community by becoming peer tutors for students who need academic help or for autistic students.

The school participates in both the national Science Olympiad and an in-school version of the Olympiad, as well as the Intel competition. Students can also join the school’s basketball, bowling, golf, handball, soccer, swimming, tennis and wrestling teams.

Seniors work with incoming freshmen to prepare for the annual SING! Competition, fostering a sense of community and helping the new students adjust to high school. (Because the school shares the auditorium with the college and is not always available, one year the SING! performance was delayed.)

Students are required to take a full four years of science and math and three years of Spanish or Italian. They also take a full year of art and a full year of music. Goldstein has a jazz band and a chorus and offers piano classes. Other electives in the arts include drama, ceramics, painting, and photography. Electives include 11 Advanced Placement courses, including chemistry, physics, AB calculus, BC calculus and statistics. All students are required to take college courses through Kingsborough Community College in 11th and 12th grades, and some earn up to 17 college credits. Sociology, general science and English literature are some of the options, plus two recent additions: criminology and film.

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

The 55–45 ratio of girls to boys can be a deterrent for some potential applicants. Though the data seem outwardly insignificant, the disparity seems to go beyond numbers. Girls often have the strongest voice in the school, whether it is starting and running most of the clubs, fielding the two winning PSAL teams, or dominating student government which has 15 female and two male members.

Special education: The school and the campus that surrounds it are both handicapped-accessible and barrier-free. Along with several physically handicapped students, the school has high-performing Asperger’s autism spectrum students and is in its third year as an ASD support school. Though most of the Asperger’s students come into the school through the regular high school process, there are some students who are admitted through District 75. A caring and devoted staff and a cheerfully decorated, spacious, quiet resource room where students work either individually with paraprofessionals or in groups of eight, help to accommodate students with IEPs. A recreation room especially for autistic students provides a place to play games while interacting with peer volunteers. There are ten Integrated Co-Teaching classes, with two teachers, one of whom is trained in special ed.

College Admissions: Most of Goldstein High School’s graduates go on to college and are accepted into public, private and elite schools such as the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, SUNY Purchase, the Pratt Institute, Philadelphia School of Architecture, and CUNY’s Kingsborough Community College and the Macaulay Honors program. The graduating class of 2010 was awarded a total of $16 million in scholarships.

Admissions: Goldstein is a screened high school. Admission is based on the final 7th-grade report card, attendance and punctuality. The minimum required grade for English and social studies is 80; for math and science, 85. Prospective students with standardized test scores of 2 to 4 in math and English language arts are considered. Applicants will find that the beautiful campus location is rather far from the subway. (Eliana Mascio, October 2011)

InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 1046

Average Daily Attendance 95%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
18%

Black

  
9%

Hispanic

  
10%

White

  
62%

Free Lunch

  
46%

Special ed

  
12%

English Language Learners

  
1%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 3.32 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

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 2013

How many students graduated within 4 years?

96% 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

97% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many students graduated within 4 years?

97% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

63% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

97% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

0% 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?

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?

85% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

552
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

91% 62% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

569
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?

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% 45% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

86% 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?

95% 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. 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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