PROGRESS High School for Professional Careers

Grades 9-12

Location

850 Grand Street
Brooklyn NY 11211
Williamsburg (District 14)
Trains: L to Grand St
Buses: B24, B43, B48, B60, Q54, Q59

Contact

Phone
718-387-0228
Principal
William Jusino
Parent Coordinator

What’s Special

A safe, supportive environment

The Downside

School has been slow to offer professional programs

Our Review

Progress High School for Professional Careers is one of three high schools sharing a campus at what used to be Eastern District High School. Unlike its violence-plagued predecessor, this school offers a welcoming, secure atmosphere. It struggles, however, to help students become truly ready for college and career.

Despite its name, the school has been slow to offer and maintain professional programs, with only one career program in 2012: medicine. About 27 students selected for this program at the end of their first year spend time at Woodhull Hospital and take anatomy, physiology and Advanced Placement biology.

In fall 2013, Progress plans to offer a teaching program (in which students will help out at neighborhood elementary schools), and a business program leading to CISCO certification. There is also an arts program with both drama and visual art.

In their responses to the Learning Environment Survey, students generally said they felt welcome in their school and supported by their teachers. An overwhelming majority said they felt safe, and the school has a very low suspension rate.

One student we spoke with had high praise for the schools faculty. The teachers are so interactive with you, she said. They give you the attention you need.

Althought the students we spoke to were positive, the school doesnt work for everyone. Its graduation rate has declined in recent years and attendance is below average. Most of the graduates who enroll in college need to take remedial courses at CUNY, according to DOE statistics. There is no dedicated college counselor, although there is a guidance counselor.

Progress students, along with those from the School for Legal Studies and the High School for Enterprise, Business and Development, make up the Grand Street Campus Wolves, who field a number of varsity and junior varsity sports teams.

Special education: Progress offers team teaching classes and recently reintroduced some self-contained classes. The school offers a particularly supportive environment for English language learners who also need special ed services, a counselor says.

Admissions: Students are selected using the educational option method, with priority given to applicants from Brooklyn. A counselor said most students who want to attend get in. (Gail Robinson, DOE statistics, interviews at the high school fair, October 2012)

About the students

Enrollment
886
Asian
0.3%
Black
36.9%
Hispanic
59.9%
White
1.2%
Other
1.6%
Free or reduced priced lunch
79%
Students with disabilities
21%
English language learners
14%
Male
55%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Grand Street Educational Campus with two other schools
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
84%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
84%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
43%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
93%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
47%
37% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
80%
85% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
48%
57% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
19.0
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
93%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
97%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
93%
80% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
62%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
95%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
97%
86% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 8 dedicated spaces for Music and Visual arts
This school has 6 licensed arts teacher in Music (part-time), Music, and Theater

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
72%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
51%
54% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
70%
71% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
72%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
0%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
12%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
10%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
9%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
47%
63% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
69%
65% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
71%
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
92%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
95%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
95%
90% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
51%
60% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Medical Professions
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description

Focuses on science, math and technology; courses include anatomy, physiology, laboratory techniques, first aid, medical billing and coding.

Gateway: Mathematics and Science Institute
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description

Challenging academic program that prepares students for majors in scientific studies at competitive universities; offers Honors, AP, and CUNY College Now courses.

Instrumental Music
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

Courses in three concert bands, two jazz bands, chamber groups, and music history.

Fine Art
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

Courses in art history, drawing, painting, graphic arts, sculpture, stage design, AP Studio Art (2-D & 3-D Design, Drawing).

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Football, Handball, Soccer, Volleyball, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Handball, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams

Golf

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