School for Democracy and Leadership

Grades 6-12

What’s Special

Specialized classes in math, science and law

The Downside

Safety concerns

Our Review

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)

About the students

Enrollment
246
Asian
0.8%
Black
91.1%
Hispanic
4.9%
White
2.0%
Other
1.2%
Free or reduced priced lunch
76%
Students with disabilities
26%
English language learners
6%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the George Wingate Educational Campus with three other schools
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
49%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
79%
90% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
54%
27% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
21%
74% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
28%
22% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
76%
82% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
34%
48% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
4.8
5.8 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
25%
77% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
50%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
32%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
82%
70% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
95%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
21%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
41%
83% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Test scores

How many students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
7%
30% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
16%
35% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 3 dedicated spaces for Dance, Visual arts, and an Auditorium
This school has 2 licensed arts teachers in Visual arts (part-time) and Music

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
66%
68% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
54%
52% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
67%
68% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
0%
38% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
71%
87% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
School for Democracy and Leadership
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
56%
83% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
0%
13% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
11%
4% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
11%
38% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
20%
48% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
49%
71% 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%
7% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
Average math score for ICT students
1.81
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
1.89
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.86
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.23
2.2 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
57%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
86%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
86%
89% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
81%
87% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
44%
67% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Math/Science Leadership
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

Advanced math/science courses to prepare for careers in medicine, engineering, and science research, with science, math, medicine, and research internships.

Humanities Institute
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

Students build extensive literary, writing, research, and communication skills for college while working with partner organizations and pursuing internships, electives, and travel opportunities.

Academics

Language Courses

French, Spanish

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Outdoor Track, Rugby, Soccer, Volleyball, Wrestling

Coed PSAL teams

Cricket

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