West Brooklyn Community High School

Grades 10-12
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Location

1053 41st Street
Brooklyn NY 11219
Borough Park (District 15)

Contact

Phone
718-686-1444
Principal
Gloria Rosario

What’s Special

Kids can make up credits quickly with lots of personal attention.

The Downside

Sports are sometimes non-existent and vary year to year.

Our Review

West Brooklyn Community High School helps disillusioned students reengage in high school and plan for graduation and beyond. By capping classes at 25 and pairing each family with an advocate counselor, the school tries to offer personal attention and motivation that most students cant find at a mainstream school.

Principal Gloria Rosario runs the school in tandem with Director Stephen Marcus of Good Shepherd Services, a nonprofit organization that lends support to the school. A former lead teacher in social studies and assistant principal at West Brooklyn, Rosarioa graduate of Bank Street College of Educationwas on the original planning team for the school. She believes that safety and diversity distinguish West Brooklyn from its peers. We work hard at safety by having lots of conversations with kids and letting students mediate potential problems. I think our racial diversity really makes that happen, because kids want to protect the unique environment we have.

The small, three-story building was formerly a parochial school run by the convent next door. All classes have SMART Boards and two stationary desktops; in addition, a cart of 25 laptops is available for each floor. The school library is open to all students and teachers and doubles as a classroom for English Language Arts. A well-kept science lab gives students of forensics, physics and biology a quiet place for hands on work.

Preparation for Regents is intensive. Students take diagnostic exams in school before the real tests and can also take advantage of Monday and Thursday office hours specifically for Regents prep. Twelve Saturdays are set aside during the year for extra preparation.

Extracurricular choices fluctuate year-to-year says Rosario, but with the hiring of a new physical education teacher in 2013, she hopes to create an intramural sports league. Students seem particularly eager for volleyball and soccer, she says. Theater, dance, and drumming are available electives in the last period of the day and a partnership with WNYC enables kids to produce their own radio segments.

Through the schools Learning to Work program, a youth internship coordinator works with students to outline interests and hobbies, career plans, and develop necessary job-related skills. Students are placed in internships all over New York City including car dealerships, daycare facilities and the Brooklyn Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

The Youth Leadership Board (YLB) also provides an opportunity for students to work together on school-wide issues, initiate community service projects, and develop a stronger relationship with school administration. Students must complete an application process and be recommended by a staff member.

A majority of students apply to college, says Rosario, and most end up at nearby Kingsborough Community College with which West Brooklyn has a good working relationship. Some kids choose to work right away, and then come back after a few years when they want to try for college. We have an open door policy for alumni, she says. Well help them with college applications even years after graduation.

Special education:The school offers SETSS.

Admissions: Interested students ages 16-20 must complete a reading assessment that demonstrates at least 6th-grade proficiency, followed by an interview with an academic counselor. A family interview is the final step in the application process along with a math exam that is purely for placement. (Aimee Sabo, phone interview, October 2013)

About the students

Enrollment
214
Asian
7.0%
Black
10.8%
Hispanic
68.7%
White
12.6%
Other
0.9%
Free or reduced priced lunch
66%
Students with disabilities
34%
English language learners
5%
Male
60%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
74%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
69%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
85%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
95%
76% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
9%
18% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
95%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
77%
56% Citywide Average

About the leadership

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
83%
77% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
82%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
83%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
100%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
88%
84% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 3 dedicated spaces for Theater, Visual arts, and an Auditorium
This school has 3 licensed arts teachers in Theater (part-time) and Music

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
70%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
49%
49% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
72%
70% 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?
18%
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 English Language Learners?

How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
0%
0% 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?
52%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
88%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
94%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
95%
89% Citywide Average
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