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Dr. Susan S. McKinney Secondary School of the Arts

Grades: 6-12
101 Park Avenue
Brooklyn NY
Phone: 718-834-6760

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What’s Special

Art, music, dance and drama

The Downside

Poor attendance, declining enrollment

Tucked behind the Navy Yard in Fort Greene, Susan S. McKinney Secondary School of the Arts is a small audition school with programs in drama, chorus, dance, visual arts and instrumental music. Unfortunately the 6th to 12th grade school has seen a decline in enrollment, safety, attendance and academic in recent years, and is now a city-designated “focus” school in need of improvement. 

The school faces challenges. More than a third of the students miss a month or more of school. An attendance team meets weekly to address the problem, according to the CEP (comprehensive educational plan). Bullying, especially cyber-bullying, has been of special concern, according to the CEP. One strategy involves assigning teacher mentors.

On the positive side, the depth and range of arts classes at this tiny school is unusual. There is a marching and a jazz band. Students in the vocal music program also study piano and music history. Dancers sample modern, ballet, jazz and hip hop, in addition to anatomy and dance history. Visual artists explore 2-D and 3-D design.

McKinney students may participate in internships at Brooklyn Academy of Music. The school partners with Theater Development Fund and Cooper Hewitt, according to the website. Some students take part in Girl Be Heard, a theater program for girls. 

Special education: The school has team-teaching classes that incorporate students with special needs on every grade level, but finding qualified teachers who are knowledgeable in the academic content areas has been a “quite a challenge,” according to the CEP. A District 75 school in the building accepts 6th and 7th graders who have autism. 

Admissions: Auditions take place in the fall for 6th and 9thgraders. See the school website for details and dates. (Lydie Raschka, DOE data and reports, November 2018)

 

 

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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe and well-run?

From 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
69%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
83%
84% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
44%
44% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
77%
78% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
85%
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
1%
3% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
100%
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
4.9

How do students perform academically?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
11%
40% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
23%
47% Citywide Average

From 2018 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
Dr. Susan S. McKinney Secondary School of the Arts, and Academy for Health Careers
Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I,Living Environment

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
14%
51% Citywide Average
How many students graduate in 4 years?
69%
87% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
27%
64% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
33%
55% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
48%
77% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
301
Asian
2%
Black
71%
Hispanic
23%
White
1%
Other
3%
Free or reduced priced lunch
85%
Students with disabilities
30%
English language learners
3%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
90%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
39%
20% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Uniforms required?
Yes

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
73%
74% Citywide Average

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
21%
14% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
7%
17% Citywide Average


For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Programs & Admissions

From the 2020 High School Directory

Visual Arts
Admissions Method: Audition
Program Description:

Painting, drawing, art of advertisement and design, dimensional design, art history, textile, photography, product promotion, cartoon design illustration, and sculpture.

Vocal Music
Admissions Method: Audition
Program Description:

Theory, history, ear and vocal training, performance and beginning keyboard, songwriting, Mass Chorus, Gospel Choir, and Quartet Ensembles.

Dance
Admissions Method: Audition
Program Description:

Foundations of ballet, jazz, and modern dance techniques, dance history, choreography, costume design, and African dance.

Drama
Admissions Method: Audition
Program Description:

Acting, voice and diction, theater history, dramatic literature, set design, and improvisation.

Instrumental Music
Admissions Method: Audition
Program Description:

Music theory and history, techniques and performance, music composition, music analysis, conducting, Marching Band, Jazz Band, Concert Band, and small ensembles.

Dr. Susan S. McKinney Secondary School of the Arts D75 Inclusion Program
Admissions Method: D75 Special Education Inclusive Services

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP United States History, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Badminton, Basketball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Cross Country

Coed PSAL teams

Double Dutch

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools
NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location

Location

Fort Greene (District 13)
Trains: N/A
Buses: B54, B57, B62, B67, B69

Contact

Principal
Edgar Lin
Parent Coordinator
Carmen Vargas

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with Success Academy Fort Greene Charter
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No

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