It Takes a Village Academy
Brooklyn NY 11203
High graduation rate, award-winning robotics team.
Students must pass through metal detectors.
It Takes A Village Academy, a small school in the Tilden Educational Campus, is successful helping new immigrants graduate on timeeven if they had limited schooling in their home country. Nearly 40 percent of the student body is still learning English, and most enter 9th high school reading below grade level. Nonetheless, more than 90 percent graduate in four years, well above the citywide average.
Every teacher knows every student, and the interactions in the hallways are friendly and informal. Students say their teachers inspire them to learn. The teachers respect Principal Marina Vinitskaya, and say that she is very diligent, organized, consistent, and supportive. Teachers feel that they have a real stake in the school and that the administration values their opinions and input.
The principal is passionate about curriculum planning. She has figured out a way to help students earn more credits each year than at a typical high school by extending the school day from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. and by adding several one-credit classes, such as a literacy course called, "The History of Math." We saw a color-coded word wall in a math class--rare in a high school but organized in a way that would be very helpful to students learning. English Many of them speak Haitian or French at home; others speak Spanish, Bengali, Chinese, and Arabic.
Students are encouraged to participate in campus-wide Tilden athletics and the Robotics Program at Brooklyn College. The robotics team has won competitions, beating out selective public and private schools.
Although teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school and most students say they feel safe in class, more than one-third say they dont feel safe in the neighborhood outside the school, according to the Learning Environment Survey. Students must pass through metal detectors to enter the building. The building, once run down and gloomy, has been fixed up, with a renovated playing field, well-kept gyms and a refurbished auditorium.
Special education: Students may get extra help called Special Education Teacher Support Services (SETSS). Counseling is also available.
Admissions: Priority to students who attend an information session. (Lindsey Whitton Christ, October 2008, updated with statistics and photos 2012)
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Programs and Admissions
Provides students with computer literacy, engineering design, maintenance skills, knowledge of programming languages and the ability to solve programs through programming; four-year program includes literacy, maintenance ,and repair.
This program prepares students for college and careers in medicine, dentistry, allied health professions, science, and math.
Advanced Placement (AP) courses
AP Biology, AP English, AP US Government and Politics, AP US History
Boys PSAL teams
Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Volleyball
Girls PSAL teams
Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Flag Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball
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