South Brooklyn Community High School

Grades 9-12
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Location

173 Conover Street
Brooklyn NY 11231
Red Hook (District 15)

Contact

Phone
718-237-8902
Principal
Latoya Kittrell

What’s Special

Lots of attention from teachers and counselors

The Downside

A difficult commute for some students

Our Review

Founded in 2002 in a new building in Red Hook, South Brooklyn Community High School continues to enjoy a high level of support from its community partner, Good Shepherd Services. Designed for young people who have struggled in a traditional high school setting, the small school helps teenagers find their way to college or a career with an accelerated academic program and individual counseling. Expectations are high and rules are strict.We offer the most successful second chance, says John Foley Murphy, school director for Good Shepherd Services, of his high goals for students. We dont want this to feel like a last chance or the only chance. At a May 2013 high school fair Murphy appeared animated and heartfelt as he spoke to multiple prospective students at length about their individual struggles.

South Brooklyn attempts to create a true high school experience with clubs, a basketball team and dances in addition to a fast-paced program in which students can earn up to 15 credits in one year. The school runs on a trimester system between September and June and provides a full-time college counselor. Other perks include a science lab for dissections, laptops for self-paced learning, SMARTBoards in every classroom and enrichment through Dance Theatre Etcetera. The multimedia organization collaborates on academics as well, notably working with U.S. history teachers to help students create a political documentary during each election cycle. Students in geometry also worked with the group to build 3D geometrical structures.

Public transportation to Red Hook is limited, resulting in a long commute for some. The nearest subway stopthe F, G at Smith and 9th Streetstill requires a 17-minute bus ride. Accordingly, prospective students are limited to those living in Red Hook, Caroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Gowanus, Wyckoff, Park Slope, Windsor Terrace and Sunset Park.

In September 2014, Latoya Kittrell became the school's principal. She came from another transfer alternative school, Brownsville Academy.

Special education: About six percent of students have IEPs. The school offers SETTS and counseling.

Admissions: Students are accepted on a rolling basis and must have attended high school for at least one year, a history of truancy, have a minimum of eight credits, a 6th-grade or higher reading level and have passed at least one Regents exam. Catchment area limited to zip codes 11201, 11215, 11217, 11220, 11231 and 11232. Call the school to begin the admissions process.(Aimee Sabo, June 2013, interviews & Web reports; updated with new principal, January 2015)

About the students

Enrollment
201
Asian
3.5%
Black
30.4%
Hispanic
56.7%
White
5.5%
Other
4.0%
Free or reduced priced lunch
79%
Students with disabilities
26%
English language learners
4%
Male
54%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
71%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
53%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
95%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
63%
76% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
14%
18% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
98%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
63%
56% Citywide Average

About the leadership

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
91%
77% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
91%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
100%
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?
100%
84% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 0 dedicated spaces for the arts.
This school has 0 licensed arts teachers in Dance, Music, Theater or Visual arts

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
83%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
52%
49% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
74%
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?
10%
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?
73%
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?
100%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
100%
89% Citywide Average
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