School for Democracy and Leadership
Brooklyn NY 11203
Specialized classes in math, science and law
The School for Democracy and Leadership aims to develop students who will be a positive force in the world, capable of influencing change and contributing constructively to democracy in our society, according to the High School Directory. Howver, the school struggles with safety and discipline issues. It opened in September 2004 in the Wingate Educational Complex and serves students in grades 6-12.
Students pass through metal detectors to enter the building. One-third of students responding to the Learning Environment survey reported that they feel unsafe in school and nearly 50 percent said that they feel unsafe on the property outside the school. The students said physical fights and bullying are problems.
The school has two leadership programs, one for math and science and another for law, that offer advanced and specialized courses designed to prepare students for careers in these fields, according to the directory. Despite these programs, 60 percent of teachers reported in the 2011-12 Learning Environment Survey that classes and activities are too limited to keep the students' interest. Thirty percent said academic standards are low.
There are Advanced Placement classes in psychology and US history and students prepare an Academic Portfolio for graduation. However, fewer than 5 percent of students were considered ready for college-level work in 2011.
According to the directory, students wear a uniform of a gray collared shirt and black pants/skirt.
Afterschool activities include robotics, mural painting, a video club and other clubs in addition to building-wide PSAL sports. Selected students participate in the Global Kids Summer of Service, a 7-week internship program for high school students.
Special education: The school offers ICT classes and SETSS services.
Admissions: Priority to continuing 8th graders, then to students in Districts 17, 18 and 22, and Brooklyn residents who attend an information session. (Aryn Bloodworth, DOE statistics, November 2012)
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Programs and Admissions
Advanced math/science courses to prepare for careers in medicine, engineering, and science research, with science, math, medicine, and research internships.
Students build extensive literary, writing, research, and communication skills for college while working with partner organizations and pursuing internships, electives, and travel opportunities.
Boys PSAL teams
Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling
Girls PSAL teams
Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Outdoor Track, Rugby, Soccer, Volleyball, Wrestling
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