Brooklyn Collegiate: A College Board School

2021 BERGEN STREET
BROOKLYN NY 11233 Map
Phone: (718) 922-1145
Website: Click here
Admissions: Brooklyn
Principal: Amote Sias
Neighborhood: Brownsville
District: 23
Grade range: 9-12
Humanities & Interdisciplinary
Wheelchair Accessible

Buses: B12, B14, B25, B47, B60, B65, B7

What's special:

School backs its college-readiness goal through a partnership with the College Board; championship basketball teams

The downside:

Many students still need remediation once they get to college; low attendance

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

At Brooklyn Collegiate, a small secondary school, students dress in tidy uniforms with blazers or polo shirts sporting a badge proclaiming the school motto: "Home of the Urban Scholars." Founding Principal Amote Sias -- a confident and personable woman with a long history of teaching at one of the city's top high schools, Brooklyn Tech -- attempts to make college-ready scholars of all her students in a sleepy and somewhat gray section of Ocean Hill/Brownsville.

This is a challenge because many Brooklyn Collegiate students enter high school with reading and math scores that are below grade-level. The school works to bring up their achievement levels by offering tutoring during the school day, instead of after school, Sias said. College readiness programs aimed at mid-level students try to make sure everyone has access to college and not just high-achievers.

The school's partner, the College Board, provides test prep services and students begin practicing for college admissions tests freshman year, when everyone takes the PSAT. Sias said that in 2012, Brooklyn Collegiate students scored in the nation's top ten percent of African American males taking the PSAT.

More than half of Brooklyn Collegiate's graduates enroll in college after high school, according to Education Department statistics. Some top students go on to prestigious private colleges like Howard and St. John's, said Sias. But, unfortunately, most students do not leave the school with college-level skills – four in five 2008 graduates will need remediation in college, according to the DOE. The school also has low attendance rates -- only 83% of students were in school on any given day of the year in 2012, according to DOE statistics.

Sias says the school is "big on technology," and has more than 200 laptops. The computers allow students to take online courses and have blended in-person and online instruction for courses that are not in high demand at the small school. Calculus is one such course. In the past, there have not been enough students ready for calculus to offer the class but now, Sias says, advanced math students take calculus online. The school has a new science lab and offers visual arts, music and graphic arts, said Sias.

Brooklyn Collegiate sports teams have strong records. Both boys and girls basketball teams were champs in 2012: girls won their PSAL division and the boys clinched the citywide PSAL class A title and placed 2nd in the state basketball tournament. Step and dance teams from the school perform at Radio City Music Hall and the school's drumline is "second to none in the city," she said. Students may also play on the rugby team or run track.

Brooklyn Collegiate opened in 2004 with a middle school and a high school but, in 2012, the city decided to phase out the middle school due to its poor performance. Achievement First Brownsville Charter School, a 6-12 charter school, moved in to the former middle school space and shares the building.

College: More than half of Brooklyn Collegiate's graduates enroll in college after high school, according to Education Department statistics, many in CUNY schools. Some top students go to prestigious private colleges like Howard and St. John's, said Sias, and one 2013 grad won a full-ride POSSE scholarship to Lafayette College. 

Admissions: Open citywide. (Catherine Man, visit April 2005; updated by Anna Schneider via interviews & DOE statistics, May 2013)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares a building with Achievement First Brownsville Charter School

Number of Students 387

Average Daily Attendance 85%

Uniforms? Yes

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
2%

Black

  
87%

Hispanic

  
10%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
85%

Special ed

  
21%

English Language Learners

  
3%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.16 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

27 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

54% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

57% 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?

57% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

43% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many students graduated within 4 years?

55% 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

78% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many students graduated within 4 years?

71% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

6% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

82% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

13% 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?

0%

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

8%

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

3%

Are students ready for college?

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

15% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

379
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

52% 62% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

389
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?

72% 76% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

25% 45% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

28% 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

66% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

81% 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. Priority to continuing 8th graders
  2. Then to Brooklyn students or residents who attend an information session
  3. Then to New York City residents who attend an information session
  4. Then to Brooklyn students or residents
  5. Then to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

Brooklyn Collegiate: A College Board School

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Academics

AP COURSES: Biology, English Literature and Composition, Studio Art: Drawing

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Advanced Art, Chess, Games, Music, Peer Educators, Peer Mediators, Stepping, Student Ambassadors, Student Government, Tutoring

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball

Other schools sports: Basketball Team for Boys and Girls, Fencing, Lacrosse, Wrestling

Source: High school directory

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