EBC High School for Public Service - Bushwick

Grades 9-12

What’s Special

New principal has respect of students and staff

The Downside

Academics have a long way to go

Our Review

Founded in 1992 as a safe alternative to large, violent schools nearby, EBC High School for Public Service-Bushwick has been in a downward spiral in recent years, suffering from rapid principal turnover, friction between the administration and staff, and a declining graduation rate.

A new principal, Shawn Brown, arrived in 2011, determined to improve the schools standing. He has the respect of students and staff, according to the Learning Environment Survey. Students feel safe and teachers say the school is orderly. Attendance is on the upswing. The building is welcoming, with a bright, beautiful, plant-filled lobby, a cafeteria that seems more like a restaurant than an institutional lunchroom, and clean bathrooms. But the academics have a long way to go.

Founded in 1992, the school was created as the result of community activism by East Brooklyn Congregations (EBC), a consortium of churches and homeowners' associations that works to rebuild communities in Brownsville, East New York, and Bushwick. [Photo is from the EBC website.] EBC lobbied for the creation of the school after two students were killed in 1991 at Thomas Jefferson High School.

At first, the school was successful, with a graduation rate that was higher than the citywide average. At a time when barely one-in-five students living in the neighborhood graduated from high schooland the citys graduation rate hovered at 50 percentabout two-thirds of students from EBC School for Public Service graduated on time. It served as a model for the small schools created under the administration of Mayor Bloomberg, beginning 2003.

However, the school's fortunes began to decline when the Bloomberg administration started to close large, dysfunctional schools such as Jefferson and Bushwick High School, community activists say. Students who previously would have been assigned to those large schools were assigned instead to EBC High School for Public Service, and the enrollment swelled to more than 700. Although the school has always served children from low-performing middle schools, the new students had even lower levels of skills. The founding principal, Shirley Edwards, left; the school has had three principals since then. There was considerable friction between the third principal, Barnaby Spring, and staff, according to the Learning Environment Survey. The Department of Education gave the school an F on its progress report in 2011. When the latest principal, Brown, arrived in 2011, he had his work cut out for him.

Admissions: Educational option. (Clara Hemphill, interviews, statistics and web reports, September 2012)

About the students

Enrollment
511
Asian
0.4%
Black
8.4%
Hispanic
89.4%
White
1.4%
Other
0.4%
Free or reduced priced lunch
93%
Students with disabilities
20%
English language learners
23%
Male
52%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
Yes
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
89%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
85%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
44%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
86%
76% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
23%
18% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
88%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
52%
56% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
4.8
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
87%
77% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
87%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
93%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
86%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
95%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
74%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
90%
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?
75%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
45%
49% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
73%
70% 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?
74%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
2%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
8%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
14%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
17%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
49%
63% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

This school offers Transitional Bilingual Education in Spanish.
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
0%
0% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
60%
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?
68%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
87%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
92%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
95%
89% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
70%
60% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Public Service
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Chemistry, AP English

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Soccer

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball

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