Brooklyn Studio Secondary School

Grades 6-12
Staff Pick for Special Ed
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What’s Special

This small, gentle school is a pioneer in "inclusion"

The Downside

May not be challenging enough for advanced students

Our Review

Brooklyn Studio Secondary School is a combined middle and high school whose arts programs and a warm community atmosphere attract many students from the surrounding area. The school has long been known for its commitment to including special needs children in general education classes with two teachers. Its major liability may be its somewhat dingy, outdated facility.

Brooklyn Studio offers opportunities in the arts for students who may not want to audition or attend one of the city's more pressured arts schools. The visual arts program takes a digital approach and looks at media including photography and cartooning. Brooklyn Studio's music program provides instruction in woodwind, brass and percussion, along with several performance groups. There is no vocal music. The dance program, open to both boys and girls in grades 6 through 12, offers classes in technique and opportunities to perform,

Brooklyn Studio gives students opportunities they might not have in larger schools. For example, high school students who do not want to take a full arts sequence may take individual courses as electives. And Brooklyn Studio's many sports teams are fairly accessible. "Even though we are competitive, there's a good chance that if you come out for a team, you'll get on it," a counselor says. The middle school also fields several teams.

The high school offers a full academic program with four years of math and science Advanced Placement English and U.S. history, as well as three years of Spanish and Italian. Its College Now program enables students to take classes at Kingsborough Community College.

The Department of Education gives the middle school high marks for boosting student achievement. However, about one-quarter of high school students dont graduate on time, and many who do need remediation when they get to college, according to DOE statistics. Some teachers complain that the school is not challenging academically, according to the 2012 Learning Environment Survey. Substantial numbers of teachers say the principal has poor communication with staff. On the positive side, children feel safe and most teachers agree order and discipline are maintained.

Even school staff members concede the physical facility leaves much to be desired. It is an old building, with few frills and tending toward to drab. "We do the best with what we have," a counselor says.

In general, middle and high schools are fairly separate, having lunch at their own times and using different floors of the building. However, one teacher says the school is very much a community and, "Nothing malicious or nefarious happens between the high school and middle school."

Students keep the same guidance counselor for their four years of high school, and that counselor also handle college counseling. Students go on to two and four-year CUNY and SUNY schools as well as private colleges.

Special education: Brooklyn Studio was a pioneer in inclusion of students with special needs, and today about two thirds of all classes at Brooklyn Studio Brooklyn Studio are team teaching classes. There are no self-contained classes.

Admissions: The middle school is open to District 21 residents, with students getting preference if they attend an open house or junior high school fair. About 65 percent of its middle school students remain at Brooklyn Secondary for high school. Residents of District 21 have preference for the remaining high school seats, and take up most of them, followed by Brooklyn residents. Selection is by the educational option method. (Gail Robinson, October 2012. Interviews at open house.)

About the students

Enrollment
926
Asian
19.7%
Black
3.7%
Hispanic
29.6%
White
46.2%
Other
0.9%
Free or reduced priced lunch
74%
Students with disabilities
20%
English language learners
14%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
113%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
90%
90% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
30%
27% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
58%
74% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
26%
22% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
77%
82% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
41%
48% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
5.6
5.8 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
25%
77% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
75%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
33%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
80%
70% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
42%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
42%
83% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Test scores

How many students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
34%
30% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
30%
35% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 1 dedicated space for Dance
This school has 6 licensed arts teachers in Dance (part-time), Music, and Theater

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
63%
68% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
33%
52% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
62%
68% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Spanish, Italian, US History, Algebra I, Earth Science
How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
40%
38% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
91%
87% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
Brooklyn Studio Secondary School and New Utrecht HS
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
81%
83% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
13%
13% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
4%
4% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
34%
38% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
47%
48% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
68%
71% 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 score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
11%
4% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
20%
7% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
64%
65% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
Average math score for self-contained students
2.34
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.41
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
2.35
2.2 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.41
2.3 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
67%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
86%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
91%
89% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
91%
87% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
60%
67% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Instrumental Music for New Students
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description

Small group instruction on band instruments. Participation in concert bands. Electives in Music Theory, Music History, Sight-Singing; Preparation for State adjudications. Evaluations of solo and ensemble work.

Digital Communications and Media for New Students
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description

A career-based, interactive technology program with an emphasis on fine arts, computer graphics, digital photography/filmmaking, web-design, and internships.

Brooklyn Studio Secondary School for Current Students
Admissions Method: For Continuing 8th Graders
Program Description

Students will select either the Instrumental Music Program or the Digital Communications Program by the spring term of ninth grade.

Academics

Language Courses

American Sign Language, Italian, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English, AP US History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Handball, Soccer

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Bowling, Handball, Soccer, Softball

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