East Brooklyn Community High School

Grades 9-12
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Location

9517 Kings Highway
Brooklyn NY 11212
Flatbush (District 18)

Contact

Phone
718-927-6880
Principal
Patrick Mcgillicuddy

What’s Special

Partnership with SCO Family Services offers a high level of support for each student

The Downside

Low attendance, no gym

Our Review

East Brooklyn Community High School opened in 2009 to re-engage high school students who have been truant or dropped out. Operated jointly by the Department of Education and SCO Family Services, the school offers small classes, individualized programs, and extensive counseling for both students and their families to keep kids engaged. We are intrusive, says Internship Coordinator Darnell Hickman of this close-knit family community. If we need to do a home visit to bring a student back, we will. Despite the hands-on approach, keeping students on track is a struggle. "Attendance fluctuates," Hickman admits.

In its first few years, the school shared space with the Science and Medicine Middle School, despite widespread community protest. Now East Brooklyn stands alone in a modern building that was previously home to PS 219's pre-K and kindergarten classes. Here, students work toward graduation in a basic program of math, English and social studies while gaining work experience. AThe Learning to Work program, which Hickman runs, exposes students to a wide range of entry level positions in fields such as daycare, afterschool and health and beauty. Students also participate in hands-on internship-for-credit projects for the school such as the construction of a new science lab completed in the summer of 2013. A partnership with Dance Theatre Etcetera offers arts and music enrichment. As an iLearn school, East Brooklyn allows students to complete many programs at their own pace. Students have a voice here, says Hickman, speaking at the 2013 alternative high school fair, citing the many clubs that students themselves have founded and led such as printmaking, citizenship and mural painting. Sports are lacking, however, because the school has no gym. Regular field trips to CUNY and two-year colleges keep higher education in mind as a goal for all students.

Principal Patrick McGillicuddy, a six-year veteran teacher at South Brooklyn Community High School after which the school was modeled, encourages teacher collaboration across all departments. Extra writing support in social studies classes, for example, has served students well, increasing Regents scores steadily in global and U.S. history. Teachers meet twice a week to discuss student performance and classroom strategies to improve critical thinking skills.

Despite all the supports it's a challenge to get students to come to school every day. Attendance for the 2012-2013 school year was quite low, hovering around 67 percent.

Special education: Approximately nine percent of students have IEPs. The school offers SETTS and counseling but has no self-contained classes.

Admissions:East Brooklyn has a rolling admissions process. To apply students must be 16 and have attended high school for at least a year. After completing a basic reading and vocabulary test, qualifying students attend an interview at the school along with their parent or guardian. Prospective students should call the school and ask for Karen Lopez for intake.(Aimee Sabo, online articles and interviews, May 2013)

About the students

Enrollment
193
Asian
0.0%
Black
83.9%
Hispanic
13.0%
White
2.1%
Other
1.0%
Free or reduced priced lunch
75%
Students with disabilities
33%
English language learners
6%
Male
55%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
75%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
74%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
81%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
93%
76% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
9%
18% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
100%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
79%
56% Citywide Average

About the leadership

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
93%
77% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
100%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
94%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
94%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
100%
84% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
91%
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?
91%
70% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
0%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
18%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

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 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?
69%
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?
100%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
100%
89% Citywide Average
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