Dr. Susan S. McKinney Secondary School of the Arts

Grades: 6-12

Our Insights

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)

 

 

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
77%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
73%
Average daily attendance
 
80%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
49%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2019-20 NYC School Survey

Students

320
Number of students
631 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
87%
Students with disabilities
 
28%
Multilingual learners
 
3%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
2%
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
 
69%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
83%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
44%
From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

School
Citywide
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
 
77%
0.9
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
301
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
226 Citywide Average

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity


How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
 
100%
Are teachers effective?
From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey, 2019-20 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 2019-20 NY State Report Card, 2021 Guidance Counselor Report and this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Advanced Courses

Which students have access to advanced courses at this school? Learn more

Calculus

 
12%

Computer Science

Not offered in 2019-20

Physics

Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

 
32%

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
29%

AP/IB Math or Science

Not offered in 2019-20

Music

 
100%
From unpublished, anonymized data from the class of 2019-20 provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

School
Citywide
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
 
30%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
33%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
34%
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
How many graduates of this school received Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) funding to attend a NYS college?
 
42%
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2011-12 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 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

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

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

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

101 Park Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11205

Trains: N/A

Buses: B54, B57, B62, B67, B69


Contact

Principal: Edgar Lin

Parent Coordinator: Carmen Vargas

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares a building with Success Academy Fort Greene Charter

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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