Victory Collegiate High School

Grades 9-12

Location

6565 Flatlands Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11236
Canarsie (District 18)
Trains:
Buses: B103, B47, B6, B82

Contact

Phone
718-968-1530
Principal
Claubentz Dieujuste
Parent Coordinator
Shawn Mark

What’s Special

Creative projects, high graduation rate

The Downside

Far from nearest subway, most grads need remediation in college

Our Review

Victory Collegiate, housed in the South Shore Educational Complex, has high academic standards and a family-like atmosphere, according to the Department of Education's Quality Review. Even though most students begin 9th grade with poor academic skills, most graduate on time.

"They don't give up, because we don't give up on them," founding principal Marcel Deans said in a video produced by the Institute for Student Achievement, one of the school's partners. Deans, who has a masters degree from Bank Street College and who taught at the Institute for Collaborative Education (ICE) in Manhattan, has incorporated some of that progressive school's practices, such as classes based on projects and a Town Hall meeting where students may voice their opinions.

Students seem to have a good rapport with the principal and staff. "The principal is out in the hallway every day shaking hands and encouraging kids to be safe and make good decisions, said Malika Bibbs, a Department of Education official who offers support to the school. The school has had considerable success with students who are still learning English and those who have had their formal education interrupted; it has "highly motivated students" and teachers who have "high expectations," according to the Quality Review.

In the 2011-12 Learning Environment Survey, over 90 percent of students report feeling challenged and supported academically and more than 90 percent of teachers said that the school sets high standards for student learning. While nearly all students said they felt safe in class, more than one in five said they had some safety concerns about the property outside the school. South Shore is in an isolated area, far from the nearest subway.

The school opened in September 2007, and graduated its first class in 2011. While most graduates need to take remedial classes if they go to CUNY, at least one was admitted to Penn State.

Students meet with their faculty advisor twice a day. Seniors participate in internships and externships at a variety of businesses on Thursdays and Fridays. Students might mentor at an elementary school or help out in a law firm.

Deans has an open door policy with his teachers. A principals job is to honor and take care of the hands that take care of your children, stated Deans in the ISA video. All the teachers responding to the survey said they trust the principal and feel supported by him. [Teachers] are happy, invested in the school and have leadership opportunities, Bibbs said.

Afterschool, students have access to building-wide PSAL sports, including golf, in addition to clubs like cheerleading, fashion design and knitting. Though the South Shore Complex has worked to shed its stigma as a violent place, students must still pass through metal detectors.

Special education: The school is fully integrated with ICT classes and SETSS.

Admissions: Priority to students who attend an information session. (Aryn Bloodworth, interviews and DOE statistics, November 2012)

About the students

Enrollment
340
Asian
0.6%
Black
88.2%
Hispanic
6.5%
White
0.6%
Other
4.1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
73%
Students with disabilities
24%
English language learners
2%
Male
57%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the South Shore Educational Campus with five other schools
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
Yes
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
67%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
91%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
33%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
70%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
42%
37% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
72%
85% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
46%
57% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
9.0
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
75%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
90%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
85%
80% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
56%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
60%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
100%
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 Dance, Theater, Visual arts, and Media arts
This school has 1 licensed art teacher in Music

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
47%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
53%
54% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
56%
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?
76%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
0%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
5%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
3%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
9%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
65%
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?
80%
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?
59%
68% 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?
100%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
100%
90% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
71%
60% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Victory Collegiate High School
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

Opportunity for academic growth and career exploration through technology and course material.

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

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

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Flag Football, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Softball, Volleyball

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NYC Department of Education: School Finder

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