Teachers Preparatory High School

Grades 6-12

What’s Special

Students focus on teaching, farming, or the arts

The Downside

Some safety concerns in neighborhood

Our Review

Students at Teachers Preparatory Secondary School may tutor younger children or even work as teachers assistants. Others take courses in the arts or plant vegetables in community gardens.

This small combined middle and high school, founded in 2002, is open to children from across Brooklyn. It shares a building and sports teams with Frederick Douglass Academy VII. The female double-dutch team won the citywide championship in 2012.

Teachers Prep is something of a misnomer because the school offers more than instruction for students who hope one day to become teachers. At the end of 9th grade, students may elect to be in the "Teach for Tomorrow" program, the "Arts Centered Program," or an urban farming program called EATS.

The school's teaching program requires students to maintain a C+ average and log student teaching and tutoring hours. The arts program offers offers visual arts, dance and music. The EATS program, part of the Active Citizens Project, teaches students about high-yield farming strategies and business techniques.

The school offers an honors track for high-achievers and a handful of Advanced Placement courses, including calculus and English. High school students may take physics or forensic science. Spanish is the only foreign language offered.

While most students feel safe inside the building, about 40 percent who responded to the Learning Environment Survey said they dont feel safe in the surrounding neighborhood.

The neighborhood is what it is, that we cant change." Principal Carmen Simon told us at the high school fair. But our school is a haven. Simon, a founding teacher of the school and principal since 2009, said her students dont have discipline issues.

Uniforms are required Monday through Thursday: 6th, 7thand 8thgraders wear collared, light blue tops and navy blue bottoms; high school students wear white collared shirts and black or khaki bottoms. Simon says students who dont wear the uniform get detention. We want to teach our students how to be professional, starting with dress, she said. Cell phones are not allowed. All students have lockers.

Special education: Nearly 20 percent of the high school students have special needs, and about half of those kids are in self-contained classes. The school also offers co-taught classes which have two teachers, one of whom is certified in special education.

College: Simon says the school has dedicated college counselors. The school works with the College Summit program, which plans college visits. According to the schools brochure, three of the five first valedictorians were accepted at Ivy League schools on full scholarship.

Admissions: Contact the school for a middle school application. High school students are admitted according to the educational option program designed to ensure a mix of different abilities. (Anna Schneider, interviews, December 2012)

About the students

Enrollment
310
Asian
1.6%
Black
78.1%
Hispanic
16.8%
White
2.6%
Other
1.0%
Free or reduced priced lunch
82%
Students with disabilities
31%
English language learners
4%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with Frederick Douglass Academy VII HS
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
60%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
83%
90% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
47%
27% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
72%
74% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
24%
22% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
71%
82% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
31%
48% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
5.8
5.8 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
68%
77% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
77%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
66%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
96%
70% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
98%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
69%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
74%
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?
16%
30% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
22%
35% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 2 dedicated spaces for Dance and Visual arts
This school has 3 licensed arts teachers in Theater (part-time), Dance, and Music

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
48%
68% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
38%
52% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
55%
68% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
15%
38% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
88%
87% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
Teachers Preparatory HS
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
68%
83% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
8%
13% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
11%
4% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
31%
38% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
24%
48% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
53%
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 former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
0%
7% 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 ICT students
1.97
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
1.83
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.86
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.34
2.2 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
73%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
65%
85% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
73%
89% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
58%
87% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
33%
67% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Teachers Preparatory High School for New Students
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description

Comprehensive curriculum that prepares students for careers in teaching or the arts.

Teachers Preparatory High School for Current Students
Admissions Method: For Continuing 8th Graders
Program Description

Comprehensive curriculum that prepares students for careers in teaching or the arts.

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Flag Football, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams

Double Dutch

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