Bushwick School for Social Justice

400 IRVING AVENUE
BROOKLYN NY 11237 Map
Phone: (718) 381-7100
Website: Click here
Admissions: Open to Brooklyn residents
Principal: Ana Marsh
Neighborhood: Bushwick
District: 32
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: Frances Carrasco
Humanities & Interdisciplinary

Buses: B13, B20, B26, B38, B52, B54, B60, Q55, Q58

What's special:

Cohesive staff committed to social justice.

The downside:

Students must pass through metal detectors

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

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)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

Bushwick Educational Campus

Number of Students 416

Average Daily Attendance 80%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
0%

Black

  
23%

Hispanic

  
75%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
100%

Special ed

  
20%

English Language Learners

  
18%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.12 2.40 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

20 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?

97% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

85% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

90% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

51% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2014

How many students graduated within 4 years?

69% 73% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

72% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many students graduated within 4 years?

55% 65% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

1% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

73% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

16% 10% 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?

2%

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?

11% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

361
418 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 497 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

43% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

357
426 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 513 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

39% 47% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

42% 54% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

99% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

93% 89% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners graduated within 4 years?

37% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners graduated within 6 years?

56% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

School admission priorities:

  1. Priority to District 32 students or residents who attend an information session
  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 District 32 students or residents
  5. Then to Brooklyn students or residents
  6. Then to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

Humanities and Interdisciplinary

Limited Unscreened

A challenging program with emphasis on addressing social justice issues around community and nation.

Academics

AP COURSES: English Language and Composition, United States History

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Student Newspaper, Black-Latino Alliance, Cheerleading, Chess, Coro Leadership, Drama, Human Rights, Knitting and Crochet, Latin Dance, National Honor Society, Next Young Woman's Group, Peer Mediation, Queer-Straight Alliance, Social Justice and Community Organizing Campaigns, Student Campus Council, Student Government, Youth Court, Yearbook, Summer Search, Boxing, Ultimate Frisbee, Edgar Allan Poe, Women's Empowerment, Drumming, Farm (working on a real farm)

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball & JV Basketball, Bowling, Soccer, Volleyball

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Bowling, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball

Source: High school directory

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