EBC High School for Public Service Bushwick

1155 DEKALB AVENUE
BROOKLYN NY 11221 Map
Phone: (718) 452-3440
Website: Click here
Admissions: Educational option
Principal: Shawn Brown
Neighborhood: Bushwick
District: 32
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: SAMARY TRINIDAD
Humanities & Interdisciplinary
Wheelchair Accessible

Buses: B15, B38, B46, B47, B52, B54, B60, Q24

What's special:

New principal has respect of students and staff

The downside:

Academics have a long way to go

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Founded in 1992 as a safe alternative to large, violent schools nearby, EBC High School for Public Service-Bushwick has been in a downward spiral in recent years, suffering from rapid principal turnover, friction between the administration and staff, and a declining graduation rate.

A new principal, Shawn Brown, arrived in 2011, determined to improve the school’s standing. He has the respect of students and staff, according to the Learning Environment Survey. Students feel safe and teachers say the school is orderly. Attendance is on the upswing. The building is welcoming, with a bright, beautiful, plant-filled lobby, a cafeteria that seems more like a restaurant than an institutional lunchroom, and clean bathrooms. But the academics have a long way to go.

Founded in 1992, the school was created as the result of community activism by East Brooklyn Congregations (EBC), a consortium of churches and homeowners' associations that works to rebuild communities in Brownsville, East New York, and Bushwick. [Photo is from the EBC website.] EBC lobbied for the creation of the school after two students were killed in 1991 at Thomas Jefferson High School.

At first, the school was successful, with a graduation rate that was higher than the citywide average. At a time when barely one-in-five students living in the neighborhood graduated from high school—and the city’s graduation rate hovered at 50 percent—about two-thirds of students from EBC School for Public Service graduated on time. It served as a model for the small schools created under the administration of Mayor Bloomberg, beginning 2003.

However, the school's fortunes began to decline when the Bloomberg administration started to close large, dysfunctional schools such as Jefferson and Bushwick High School, community activists say. Students who previously would have been assigned to those large schools were assigned instead to EBC High School for Public Service, and the enrollment swelled to more than 700. Although the school has always served children from low-performing middle schools, the new students had even lower levels of skills. The founding principal, Shirley Edwards, left; the school has had three principals since then. There was considerable friction between the third principal, Barnaby Spring, and staff, according to the Learning Environment Survey. The Department of Education gave the school an “F” on its progress report in 2011. When the latest principal, Brown, arrived in 2011, he had his work cut out for him.

Admissions: Educational option. (Clara Hemphill, interviews, statistics and web reports, September 2012)

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 513

Average Daily Attendance 87%

Uniforms? Yes

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
1%

Black

  
9%

Hispanic

  
89%

White

  
0%

Free Lunch

  
92%

Special ed

  
19%

English Language Learners

  
19%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.60 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

24 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

67% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

87% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

88% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

97% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

38% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many students graduated within 4 years?

70% 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

73% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many students graduated within 4 years?

67% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

13% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

75% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

14% 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?

16%

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

16%

Are students ready for college?

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

20% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

373
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

58% 62% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

394
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?

78% 76% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

50% 45% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

58% 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

68% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

88% 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 District 32 students or residents
  2. Then to Districts 13, 19 and 23 students or residents
  3. Then to Brooklyn students or residents
  4. Then to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

Public Service

Ed. Opt.

Academics

AP COURSES: Calculus AB, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Physics B, Spanish Language and Culture, Spanish Literature and Culture, United States History

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: African Heritage Club, After-school Tutoring, Asset Labs, Drama, Mock Trial, Peer Tutoring, SAT Prep Course, Saturday School, Soccer, Spanish, Step Class

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Tennis, Volleyball

Source: High school directory

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