Bushwick School for Social Justice

Grades 9-12

What’s Special

Cohesive staff committed to social justice.

The Downside

Students must pass through metal detectors

Our Review

The Bushwick School for Social Justice has a cohesive staff committed to fostering students' social and emotional development as well as their academic progress. Housed in an air-conditioned annex of the Bushwick High School complex, the small school is set apart from the other small schools that share the building, the Academy of Urban Planning and Academy for Environmental Leadership. Mark Rush became principal in 2009, replacing Terry Byam who had been at the school since it opened in 2003.

Relations between students and teachers are warm. A high proportion of students responding to a 2011 DOE survey said their teachers inspire them to learn, and 100 percent of teachers responding to the survey said order and discipline are maintained at the school. The school offers parent workshops with tips on how to raise teens, and a full-time social worker is on hand to help students with any problems they may have. The school make a particular effort to encourage students to apply to college, and more than 80 percent of graduates do fill out college applications.

Although the staff makes a concerted effort to make students feel safe inside the building, the poor reputation of the old Bushwick High School, which closed in 2006, lingers. Students must pass through metal detectors to enter.

Admissions: The school, open to Brooklyn residents, plans to grow by a grade every year. Applicants are encouraged to attend an information meeting with their parents. (Clara Hemphill, interviews, September 2011)

About the students

Enrollment
389
Asian
0.5%
Black
20.8%
Hispanic
75.3%
White
2.3%
Other
1.0%
Free or reduced priced lunch
100%
Students with disabilities
20%
English language learners
31%
Male
50%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Bushwick Educational Campus with three other schools
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
Yes
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
67%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
80%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
55%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
47%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
55%
37% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
74%
85% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
38%
57% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
2.0
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
60%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
70%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
64%
80% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
72%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
66%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
77%
86% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 3 dedicated spaces for Dance, Music, and Visual arts
This school has 2 licensed arts teacher in Music and Theater

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
59%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
53%
54% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
62%
71% 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?
73%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
0%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
12%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
18%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
11%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
52%
63% 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 graduate in 4 years?
69%
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?
73%
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
92%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
96%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
92%
90% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
67%
60% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Humanities and Interdisciplinary
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

A challenging program with emphasis on addressing social justice issues around our community and the nation.

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English, AP Environmental Science, AP Spanish, AP US History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Softball, Volleyball

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Location

400 Irving Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11237
Bushwick (District 32)
Trains: L, M to Myrtle-Wyckoff Aves
Buses: B13, B20, B26, B38, B52, B54, B60, Q55, Q58

Contact

Phone
718-381-7100
Principal
Ana Marsh
Parent Coordinator
Frances Carrasco