Brooklyn Frontiers High School

Grades 9-12
Staff Pick for Special Ed

Location

112 Schermerhorn Street
Brooklyn NY 11201
Downtown Brooklyn (District 15)
Trains: 2, 3, 4, 5 to Court St-Borough Hall; A, C, F, R to Jay St-MetroTech; B, Q to DeKalb Ave; G to Hoyt & Schermerhorn
Buses: B103, B25, B26, B38, B41, B45, B52, B54, B57, B61, B62, B63, B65, B67

Contact

Phone
718-722-4727
Principal
Alona Cohen
Parent Coordinator

What’s Special

A fresh start for 9th graders who've been held back

The Downside

Not a lot of courses are offered

Our Review

Brooklyn Frontiers High School is designed to help students who have been held back at least twice in elementary or middle school.

Students, parents and teachers agree this new, small school is a safe place with high expectations, where teachers work together as a team to help children succeed, according to the Learning Environment Survey. Opened in 2010, Brooklyn Frontiers is patterned after the High School of Excellence and Innovation in Manhattan.

Good Shepherd Services, a social services organization, provides students with coaches who meet with them individually to talk about academics as well as what else is going on in their lives, their plans, and aspirations for the future. They have paid Learning to Work internships to help them explore their interests and prepare for careers after high school.

Class size designed to be small-about 16 students--to ensure lots of individual attention. Founding Principal Alona Cohen, PhD, was formerly a science teacher at South Brooklyn Community, a transfer school.

A downside: Like many small schools, Brooklyn Frontiers has limited course offerings. Some kids complained on the survey that there werent a lot of activities.

Admission: Students must be entering 9th grade for the first time from middle school, have a record of being held back at least two times in elementary or middle school, and be no older than 16. Apply to the school directly. Check the website for more information. (Clara Hemphill, web reports, August 2012)

About the students

Enrollment
173
Asian
0.0%
Black
78.0%
Hispanic
18.5%
White
1.7%
Other
1.7%
Free or reduced priced lunch
87%
Students with disabilities
50%
English language learners
5%
Male
55%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
Yes
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
73%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
76%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
66%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
75%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
43%
37% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
78%
85% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
38%
57% Citywide Average

About the leadership

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
96%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
80%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
96%
80% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
92%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
88%
86% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 1 dedicated space for Visual arts
This school has 2 licensed arts teacher in Music (part-time) and Music

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
66%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
55%
54% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
72%
71% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
0%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
37%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the 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?
49%
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
100%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
100%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
100%
90% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Brooklyn Frontiers High School
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

Selection Criteria: Students must attend an Open House and personalized intake meeting.

Academics

Language Courses

American Sign Language, French

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NYC Department of Education: School Finder

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