Brooklyn Studio Secondary School
Brooklyn NY 11214
This small, gentle school is a pioneer in "inclusion"
May not be challenging enough for advanced students
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 Its major liability may be its somewhat dingy, outdated facility.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.)
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Programs and Admissions
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.
A career-based, interactive technology program with an emphasis on fine arts, computer graphics, digital photography/filmmaking, web-design, and internships.
Students will select either the Instrumental Music Program or the Digital Communications Program by the spring term of ninth grade.
American Sign Language, Italian, Spanish
Advanced Placement (AP) courses
AP English, AP US History
Boys PSAL teams
Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Handball, Soccer
Girls PSAL teams
Basketball, Bowling, Handball, Soccer, Softball