Clara Barton High School

Grades 9-12

Location

901 Classon Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11225
Crown Heights (District 17)
Trains: 2, 3, 4, 5, S to Franklin Ave-Botanic Garden
Buses: B41, B43, B44-SBS, B45, B48, B49

Contact

Phone
718-636-4900
Principal
Richard Forman
Parent Coordinator
Shaundell Lawson

What’s Special

Training as nursing or dental assistant

The Downside

A lack of interest among some students

Our Review

High achievers at Clara Barton take advantage of an honors program in science and math--with double periods and Advanced Placement courses--but the school also has some students who struggle simply to make it to class. Overall, Clara Barton hovers around the city average for graduation rates and college readiness.

The school's centerpiece is its large health career professions program. Students may apply to one of six health majors their junior year: licensed practical nursing, nursing assistant, medical assistant, dental assistant, dental laboratory or vision care technology.

The practical nursing, nurse assistant, dental assistant and vision technology programs all have been approved by the state as licensed career and technical education courses. A bilingual Haitian Creole program prepares students for admission to the health career programs.

A nursing assistant student we spoke with said she enjoyed her classes and the accompanying work at Kingsborough Hospital. "You learn a lot, and its fun," she told us. "When you graduate, you go straight into the field."

Clara Barton also has a business program in which students can work and earn money off campus during their senior year. Another buisness-oriented program provides medical assistant students with the administrative and computer skills required in many medical offices.

Along with its health programs, Clara Barton offers Spanish and French and a number of Advanced Placement classes and arts, including ceramics and dance. There are Barton graduates who become doctors, says Assistant Principal Joseph Scandura, but he adds, "We're much more than just health professions. Kids diversify quite a bit."

For all the schools opportunities, Barton students have complained in various online forums about their fellow students. A majority in the Learning Environment Survey said their classmates did not treat teachers or fellow students with respect. Safety was a moderate concern with 26 percent of students saying they did not feel safe in hallways, bathrooms or locker rooms.

Metal detectors screen all students and visitors. Enrollment has declined in recent years and the school has seen an influx of low-achieving students.

Girls predominate over boys at Clara Barton by a margin of about three to one. The school has boys and girls sports, including varsity basketball, cross country and track. Students must wear uniforms, except for those in the health majors who wear scrubs and professional attire.

Special education: The school has a program in which special ed students are assigned to work in hospitals and is hoping to devise a similar program for students with more severe disabilities.

Admissions: Clara Barton is open to all New York City students. Those applying to the Gateway (Honors) program must have grades of at least 85 in their major middle school subjects and scores of 3 or 4 on the state reading and math tests. Students for the health career profession program are chosen through the Ed. Opt. method and so have varying abilities. Bilingual Haitian Creole students also may apply for the bilingual program. (Gail Robinson, November 2012. Based on interviews at the high school fair.)

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About the students

Enrollment
1244
Asian
1.1%
Black
88.9%
Hispanic
6.6%
White
0.6%
Other
2.8%
Free or reduced priced lunch
80%
Students with disabilities
18%
English language learners
8%
Male
30%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
Yes
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
85%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
92%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
26%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
49%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
57%
37% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
64%
85% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
28%
57% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
9.4
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
52%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
80%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
57%
80% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
83%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
75%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
71%
86% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 4 dedicated spaces for Music and Visual arts
This school has 3 licensed arts teacher in Music and Theater

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
64%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
47%
54% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
59%
71% 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?
72%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
3%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
4%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
15%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
39%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
75%
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 English language learners graduate in 4 years?
56%
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?
65%
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
91%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
93%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
93%
90% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
38%
60% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Health Career Professions
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description

Preparation for entry-level positions in the health field, as well as admission to two- and four-year colleges.

Bilingual Haitian Creole Program
Admissions Method: Screened: Language
Program Description

Same program as listed above.

Gateway Honors Health Professions
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description

A challenging program that prepares students for college and careers in medicine, dentistry, allied health professions, science ,and math.

Academics

Language Courses

American Sign Language, French, Haitian Creole, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP English, AP US Government and Politics, AP US History, AP World History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Cross Country, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Softball, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams

Cricket

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