Bushwick School for Social Justice
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Bushwick School for Social Justice
Buses: B13, B20, B26, B38, B52, B54, B60, Q55, Q58
The Bushwick School for Social Justice has a cohesive staff committed to fostering students' social and emotional development as well as their academic progress. Housed in an air-conditioned annex of the Bushwick High School complex, the small school is set apart from the other small schools that share the building, the Academy of Urban Planning and Academy for Environmental Leadership. Mark Rush became principal in 2009, replacing Terry Byam who had been at the school since it opened in 2003.
Relations between students and teachers are warm. A high proportion of students responding to a 2011 DOE survey said their teachers inspire them to learn, and 100 percent of teachers responding to the survey said order and discipline are maintained at the school. The school offers parent workshops with tips on how to raise teens, and a full-time social worker is on hand to help students with any problems they may have. The school make a particular effort to encourage students to apply to college, and more than 80 percent of graduates do fill out college applications.
Although the staff makes a concerted effort to make students feel safe inside the building, the poor reputation of the old Bushwick High School, which closed in 2006, lingers. Students must pass through metal detectors to enter.
Admissions: The school, open to Brooklyn residents, plans to grow by a grade every year. Applicants are encouraged to attend an information meeting with their parents. (Clara Hemphill, interviews, September 2011)
At a glance
Number of Students 405
Average Daily Attendance 81%
Metal detectors? Yes
INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.12 2.40 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Safety & vibe
ARE CLASSES BIG?
Number of students in an average english class20 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?
How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?69% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?93% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?
How many students say they feel safe in hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?83% 85% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?97% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How Many Students are Chronically Absent?51% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Class of 2014
How many students passed a Regents exam for algebra 2, physics or chemistry?3%
Is the guidance counseling helpful?
How many students say that this school provides helpful counseling on college or job-seeking?76% 76% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Special ed & ELL
Programs and Admissions
School admission priorities:
- Priority to District 32 students or residents who attend an information session
- Then to Brooklyn students or residents who attend an information session
- Then to New York City residents who attend an information session
- Then to District 32 students or residents
- Then to Brooklyn students or residents
- Then to New York City residents
Humanities and Interdisciplinary
A challenging program with emphasis on addressing social justice issues around community and nation.
AP COURSES: English, Environmental Science, Spanish, United States History
EXTRACURRICULAR: National Honor Society, Student magazine, Black Latino Alliance Tackling Issues Nurturing Ourselves (B.L.A.T.I.N.O.), Cheerleading, Chess, Drama, System of Freedom Human Rights, Knitting and Crochet, Dance, Leap for Girls, Queer-Straight Alliance, Social Justice and Community Organizing Campaigns, Student Government, Yearbook, Summer Search, Swimming club (certification in swim safety), Women‰Ûªs Empowerment, African Drumming & Percussion, Farm (working on a real farm), Film After-School Class, No Kidding Program
BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball
GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Softball, Volleyball