High School for Service & Learning at Erasmus

Grades 9-12
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What’s Special

Lots of individual attention boosts graduation rates.

The Downside

Few AP classes.

Our Review

The High School for Service and Learning, one of five small schools on the Erasmus Hall Campus in Flatbush, deploys a number of adults to keep watch on issues outside the classroom that could affect students. That, along with a no nonsense approach to discipline and extra academic support, helps many students graduate who otherwise might not.

"It's a tremendous, tremendous intervention system. Every child feels they're being followed, that someone cares about them," says principal Peter Fabianski, who began serving as principal in 2011 and has been an Erasmus in some capacity since the early 1990s. "It makes us a unique school."

Many students arrive at Service and Learning overage or with low test scores. The school's approach, Fabianski believes, spurs its students to graduate on time, most with Regents diplomas. The city awarded the school an "A" on its Progress Report. The city gives high marks to schools that graduate struggling students on time, even if they are not well-prepared for college.

Teachers focus on a particular grade -- or cohort -- and follow those students throughout their high school years. With the assistance of guidance counselors, faculty members "adopt" students. With an enrollment of about 420, Service and Learning has three guidance counselors and a college counselor. Counselors meet one-on-one with all students at least once a term, and the parent coordinator says she has an open door policy with students.

The school tries to involve parents. Students may resist, one counselor said, but she added, "When graduates come back they tell us, 'Thank you for getting my parents on my back.'"

The school day runs 9 periods, allowing for double periods of English, math or social studies, depending on the student. All 9th graders get a double period of English. In addition to providing extra instruction, the longer day allows students to amass credits on a timely basis.

While they may not take a full schedule, seniors have a fairly complete schedule of classes, with a writing class and pre calculus among the offerings available. Service and Learning has a forensics and law program, which includes classes and visits to a law firm. To try to expand its curriculum, the school shares classes, such as AP English, art and music, with other schools at Erasmus. Service and Learning also retains some of its service focus. Students have visited a nursing home, tutored at an elementary school and worked in a community garden.

Along with representatives of the other schools, Service and Learning staff sweep the halls. "We have zero tolerance for kids hanging out," Fabianski said as he confronted two boys sitting in the hallway seemingly with little intention of going to class early on a rainy Monday.

Students at Service and Learning, like those at the other schools in the building, get to celebrate Erasmus' past, play on its athletic teams and share some lovely facilities, such as the library. Some remnants of the building's more recent, less storied history linger as well. Although the schools was calm when we visited, students pass through a metal detector to enter the building, and many students say they do not feel safe on the Erasmus grounds.

Special education: The school has team teaching classes in 9th, 10th and 11th grade.

Admission: Unscreened, with preference to students who attend an information session. (Gail Robinson, May 2012)

About the students

Enrollment
362
Asian
2.8%
Black
78.5%
Hispanic
13.8%
White
2.8%
Other
2.2%
Free or reduced priced lunch
73%
Students with disabilities
19%
English language learners
13%
Male
66%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Erasmus Hall Educational Campus with four other schools
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
Yes
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
92%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
85%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
35%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
58%
76% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
35%
18% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
70%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
39%
56% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
4.8
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
71%
77% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
81%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
65%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
68%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
71%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
72%
84% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 3 dedicated spaces for Music, Visual arts, and a Film Studio
This school has 1 licensed arts teacher in Music

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
74%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
46%
49% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
71%
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?
76%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
6%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
10%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
19%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
17%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
62%
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 many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
50%
65% 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?
57%
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?
84%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
91%
89% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
47%
60% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

High School for Service & Learning
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP English

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Volleyball, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Flag Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Softball, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams

Double Dutch, Stunt

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