Boys and Girls High School

Grades 9-12

Our Review

OCTOBER 2014 UPDATE:Michael Wiltshire, longtime principal of Medgar Evers College Preparatory School, a secondary school for gifted students, became principal of Boys and Girls after Bernard Gassaway retired. Wiltshire received a $25,000 bonus for taking the job and has the option of leaving and returning to Medgar Evers after a year. Wiltshire, who formerly taught at Boys and Girls, told parents that he will continue to spend 20 percent of his time at Medgar Evers where his title is master principal, according to Chalkbeat New York. Angella Smith, an assistant principal, was named acting principal.

MARCH 2011 REVIEW: Boys and Girls High School struggles with low levels of academic achievement, poor attendance, and significant discipline problems. Graduation rates have plummeted in recent years, and in 2010 Boys and Girls landed on the states list of failing schools.

Three-quarters of the students who responded to a 2009-10 Department of Education survey said there was gang activity at the school and 35 percent said they did not feel safe in hallways or bathrooms. Many said fights and bullying are frequent. Forty-four percent said the school was not clean.

Bernard Gassaway, who took over as principal in 2009, has divided the school into five smaller units, or learning communities, added extra math and English periods and started new after-school, weekend and summer learning programs, according to the Brooklyn Movement Center blog. The blog said Gassaway has worked at the school from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. most weekdays, and has come in most weekends too. Hes the right man at the right time, said Stanley Kinard, who works in the schools college and career office.

Despite its many challenges, the school offers a range of Advanced Placement courses and an extensive list of PSAL sports. There is a community service requirement, an orientation in the summer for incoming students, and students must wear a uniform of tan khaki pants or skirt and a polo shirt of a specific color depending on which academy the student is in. One academy, the Institute for Computer and Technology, provides students with computer literacy, maintenance skills and knowledge of programming languages.

Once nicknamed The Pride and Joy of Bed Stuy, Boys and Girls was led for years by a charismatic disciplinarian, Frank Mickens, who patrolled outside school carrying a claw hammer until his retirement in 2004. Mickens supporters said he brought order to what had been a troubled, chaotic place by enforcing strict codes of conduct and keeping kids he called troublemakers out. But critics said he illegally pushed out low-achieving students. In 2008, after a lawsuit by Advocates for Children, the city agreed to give students who had been excluded from school a second chance to graduate, according to the The New York Times City Room blog.

Enrollment increased by nearly 1,200 students between 2002 and 2005 as other large schools in Brooklyn were closed and students were diverted to Boys and Girls. Graduation rates declined from 68 percent in 2003 to 37 percent in 2010. At its peak, nearly 5,000 students were enrolled. By the 2010-11 school year, enrollment was bellow 2,000. Attendance, while well below the citywide average, had improved slightly. The school did not respond to our request to visit. This profile was compiled from DOE data and news reports.

In May 2011, Boys and Girls High School was one of 22 schools thatreceived Small Improvement Grant fundingto implement the Restart intervention model. Each Restart school was matched to a non-profit educational partner organization that works closely with the principal and school community to implement a targeted improvement plan aimed at strengthening the curriculum, developing academic supports for students, and helping teachers improve practice.

Admissions:Zoned school. There are screened programs in math and science and computer technology but in recent years there have been few applicants for available slots.(Aryn Bloodworth, March 2011)

About the students

Enrollment
396
Asian
1.8%
Black
84.1%
Hispanic
9.9%
White
2.0%
Other
2.3%
Free or reduced priced lunch
79%
Students with disabilities
29%
English language learners
5%
Male
68%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Boys and Girls HS Building wth two other schools
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
Yes
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
25%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
83%
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?
87%
76% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
26%
18% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
76%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
37%
56% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
2.0
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
67%
77% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
94%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
87%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
68%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
80%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
74%
84% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 7 dedicated spaces for Music, Theater, Visual arts, an Auditorium, and a Film Studio
This school has 2 licensed arts teachers in Music

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
63%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
40%
49% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
65%
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?
57%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
3%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
28%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
7%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
19%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
34%
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 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?
68%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
69%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
92%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
92%
89% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
35%
60% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Brooklyn STEAM Center
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description

The Brooklyn STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Center provides a CTE focus on a range of courses in four industry areas: information technology, graphics, engineering, and architecture. The program includes innovative technical training leading to certification and opportunities to earn college credit and will also offer opportunities to complete work-based learning sequences (e.g. internships) to provide pathways to employment and/or post-secondary credentials.

Smart Scholars Early College Program
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description

The Smart Scholars Early College Program is comprised of a rigorous curriculum which endeavors to prepare students for college level courses. During their tenure, scholars will fulfill the New York State high school requirements while obtaining 20 transferable college credits.

Institute for Computer and Technology
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description

Provides students with computer literacy, maintenance skills, knowledge of programming languages, and the cognitive skills to solve problems through programming. Four-year program includes courses in literacy, programming, maintenance, and repair.

Zoned
Admissions Method: Zoned Guarantee
Program Description

Comprehensive Academic Program.

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Cross Country, Flag Football, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Volleyball

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