Millennium Brooklyn HS

Grades 9-12
Staff Pick Staff Pick for Special Ed
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Location

237 Seventh Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11215
Park Slope (District 15)

Contact

Phone
718-832-4333
Principal
Kevin Conway

What’s Special

Academically challenging and inclusive school with a strong emphasis on research

The Downside

Metal detectors

Our Review

Millennium Brooklyn is a small, selective school with strong academics and a friendly vibe. The school takes pride in its inclusive culture that welcomes students from diverse backgrounds as well as those with special needs. It opened in 2011 with the mission of taking the successful practices of the original Millennium High School in Manhattan and replicating them in the heart of Park Slope. Since then, Millennium Brooklyn has established its own identity and has become a strong option for students across Brooklyn.

Group work is a staple of instruction at the school and it’s common to hear the chatter of students working together in class, whether they’re on a five-minute task or a project that will take several days to complete. Teachers in all subjects emphasize writing and find creative ways to help students understand concepts. In Advanced Placement environmental science, students compile highly detailed outlines of each chapter they read in their textbook —a very useful skill for college. In trigonometry, a project named after the popular “transformer” toy helps students understand how to build new functions from existing ones.

The school’s strong research curriculum was designed from scratch by its staff and founding principal Lisa Gioe, who also founded the highly successful MS 447, The Math & Science Exploratory School. [Kevin Conway, a founding teacher at Millennium Brooklyn and the assistant principal of instruction became principal in 2016.] All 9th-graders at Millennium Brooklyn take a class in quantitative methods where they learn how to do field research and conduct controlled experiments such as testing different approaches to cleaning up water contaminated by an oil spill. In 10th grade, students study qualitative methods such as designing surveys, running focus groups and presenting data on a range of topics. For instance, students begin by producing a “where I’m from” video and then branch out from there to examine societal issues.

“These classes have the luxury of no (standardized) test over their heads, so you can engage kids in exploration,” said Gioe, who explained that the research classes help make up for the deficits in science skills that many kids arrive with in 9th grade.

In the upper grades, students deepen their research skills in classes such as statistics, sociology, anthropology, product design, epidemiology and Advanced Placement psychology. They also participate in internships during the school year and over the summer. An internship coordinator helps place students at sites such as architectural firms, hospitals and the American Museum of Natural History.

Students take four years of math and science and the school ensures that all students—both struggling and strong—have options. For math, freshmen take either algebra or geometry depending on their incoming skills. By senior year, students can take calculus, pre-calculus or an applied math class in personal finance. In the lower grades, all students study living environment and chemistry. In the upper grades, options include earth science, physics and AP environmental science.

One successful practice the school borrowed from the original Millennium is the 9th and 10th grade humanities curriculum, which coordinates instruction in English and history. For instance, students read The Odyssey when studying ancient Greece. In upper grades, students choose among English classes in AP English, Shakespeare and poetry, journalism and memoirs.

Foreign language options include French and Spanish. Ninth- and 10th-graders take visual arts. Upperclassmen can take electives in advanced visual arts and theater. Students can also participate in the school’s eclectic mix of clubs such as intramural basketball, creative writing, gay-straight alliance, mock trial, robotics and running.

Millennium is located on the third floor of the John Jay Educational Complex, which also is home to Park Slope Collegiate, the Secondary School for Law and Secondary School for Journalism. All schools in the building share use of common spaces, but Millennium does not participate in campus-wide PSAL sports. Instead, it shares sports teams with it sister school in Manhattan, including a PSAL swim team that practices in the John Jay pool. Most Millennium students go out to lunch on busy Seventh Avenue. Those who stay in typically spend their lunch period in the library. All students in the building must pass through scanners when entering the building, even when returning from lunch.

Teachers lead small group advisories, which meet three times each week. Students have the same advisor for all four years and get extra support as needed from the school’s guidance counselor and social worker.

College guidance is built into the advisory classes. The school’s college counselor oversees the application process, while teacher advisors walk students through the process and keep tabs on their progress. The school also arranges trips to college campuses. Millennium’s first class of students is expected to graduate in June 2015.

Special education: Inclusion is a centerpiece at Millennium Brooklyn, where roughly 50 percent of the classes follow the ICT model. Millennium also has an ASD Nest program; in each grade a few students on the autism spectrum are integrated into classes with extra supports.

Admissions: Students must have good attendance, level 3 or 4 scores on standardized tests and grades of at least 85 in core subjects. Priority in admissions goes to students who live or attend school in Brooklyn. (Laura Zingmond, October 2014)


About the students

Enrollment
654
Asian
8.7%
Black
23.4%
Hispanic
24.9%
White
33.9%
Other
9.0%
Free or reduced priced lunch
42%
Students with disabilities
14%
English language learners
0%
Male
47%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the John Jay Educational Campus with three other schools
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
Yes
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
82%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
95%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
15%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
99%
76% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
3%
18% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
91%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
85%
56% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
1.0
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
100%
77% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
95%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
95%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
64%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
97% Citywide Average
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?
100%
84% 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 teachers in Music and Visual arts

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
87%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
58%
49% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
85%
70% 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?
98%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
40%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
1%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
77%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
77%
41% 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 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?
88%
64% 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?
98%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
98%
89% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
89%
60% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Millennium Brooklyn
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description

Academics

Language Courses

French, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Chemistry, AP English, AP Environmental Science, AP French, AP Psychology, AP Spanish, AP US History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Fencing, Soccer, Table Tennis

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Fencing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Table Tennis, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams

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