Teachers Preparatory High School

226 BRISTOL STREET
BROOKLYN NY 11212 Map
Phone: (718) 498-2605
Website: Click here
Admissions: Brooklyn;preference District 23
Principal: Carmen Simon
Neighborhood: Brownsville
District:23
Grade range: 6-12
Parent Coordinator: TRACIE COOPER
Teaching
Wheelchair Accessible

Buses: B12, B14, B15, B60, B7

What's special:

Students focus on teaching, farming, or the arts

The downside:

Some safety concerns in neighborhood

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Students at Teachers Preparatory Secondary School may tutor younger children or even work as teachers’ assistants. Others take courses in the arts or plant vegetables in community gardens.

This small combined middle and high school, founded in 2002, is open to children from across Brooklyn. It shares a building and sports teams with Frederick Douglass Academy VII. The female double-dutch team won the citywide championship in 2012.

Teachers Prep is something of a misnomer because the school offers more than instruction for students who hope one day to become teachers. At the end of 9th grade, students may elect to be in the "Teach for Tomorrow" program, the "Arts Centered Program," or an urban farming program called “EATS.”

The school's teaching program requires students to maintain a C+ average and log student teaching and tutoring hours. The arts program offers offers visual arts, dance and music. The EATS program, part of the Active Citizens Project, teaches students about high-yield farming strategies and business techniques.

The school offers an honors track for high-achievers and a handful of Advanced Placement courses, including calculus and English. High school students may take physics or forensic science. Spanish is the only foreign language offered.

While most students feel safe inside the building, about 40 percent who responded to the Learning Environment Survey said they don’t feel safe in the surrounding neighborhood.

“The neighborhood is what it is, that we can’t change." Principal Carmen Simon told us at the high school fair. “But our school is a haven.” Simon, a founding teacher of the school and principal since 2009, said her students don’t have discipline issues.

Uniforms are required Monday through Thursday: 6th, 7th and 8th graders wear collared, light blue tops and navy blue bottoms; high school students wear white collared shirts and black or khaki bottoms. Simon says students who don’t wear the uniform get detention. “We want to teach our students how to be professional, starting with dress,” she said. Cell phones are not allowed. All students have lockers.

Special education: Nearly 20 percent of the high school students have special needs, and about half of those kids are in self-contained classes. The school also offers co-taught classes which have two teachers, one of whom is certified in special education.

College: Simon says the school has dedicated college counselors. The school works with the College Summit program, which plans college visits. According to the school’s brochure, three of the five first valedictorians were accepted at Ivy League schools on full scholarship.

Admissions: Contact the school for a middle school application. High school students are admitted according to the educational option program designed to ensure a mix of different abilities. (Anna Schneider, interviews, December 2012)

Middle InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Teachers Prep HS building

Number of Students 458

Average Daily Attendance 86%

Uniforms? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
0%

Black

  
85%

Hispanic

  
14%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
79%

Special ed

  
16%

English Language Learners

  
2%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.76 2.80 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?

51% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

59% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE KIDS NICE?

How many students complain about bullying?

81% 71% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

37% 56% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

84% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

78% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

78% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

23 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students are chronically absent?

33% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam

16% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ela exam

12% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 science exam

NA 51% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS Prep

How many 8th graders pass high school regents exams?

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

18% 19% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

16% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How do graduates do in 9th grade?

Percent who pass all their classes freshman year:

83% 84% 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 2013 math exam:

NA 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

NA 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:

NA 5% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

NA 4% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:

0% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

0% 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

Percent of ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

NA 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of former ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:

NA 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares a building

Number of Students 458

Average Daily Attendance 86%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
0%

Black

  
85%

Hispanic

  
14%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
79%

Special ed

  
16%

English Language Learners

  
2%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.70 2.80 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:

12% 25% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Middle school students doing math at grade level:

17% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Safety & vibe

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

28 24 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

51% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

78% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

63% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

84% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

0% 34% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

73% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

84% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

82% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

16% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

80% 73% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

7% 12% 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?

17%

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

31%

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?

27% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

401
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

55%

SAT math scores

400
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?

62% 75% 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?

35% 44% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

39% 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

44% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

96% 88% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners starting school in 2008 graduated within 4 years?

38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

School admission priorities:

  1. Priority to continuing 8th graders
  2. Then to Brooklyn students or residents
  3. Then to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

Teachers Preparatory High School for New Students

Ed. Opt.

Comprehensive curriculum that prepares students for careers in teaching or the arts.

Teachers Preparatory High School for Current Students

For Continuing 8th Graders

Comprehensive curriculum that prepares students for careers in teaching or the arts.

Academics

AP COURCES: Calculus AB, English Literature and Composition, United States History

Online: N/A

Language classes: Spanish

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Boys' Video Club, After-School Band, Arcade Club, Art Club, Praise Dance Troupe, Double Dutch, Drama, Future Teachers of America, Girls' Leadership and Mentorship (GLAM), Mentoring, National Honor Society, Peer Mediation, Peer Tutoring, Peer Leaders, Yearbook, PM School & Saturday Academy for Test Preparation.

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Football, Volleyball

Other schools sports: Our student athletes join students from Frederick Douglass Academy VII High School to compete in the Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL). We also offer Cheerleading.

Source: High school directory

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