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Science Skills Center High School for Science, Technology and the Creative Arts

Grades: 9-12
49 Flatbush Avenue Extension
Brooklyn NY 11201
Phone: 718-243-9413

Our Insights

What’s Special

Longer school day to better prepare kids for college

The Downside

Some concerns about safety and respect

Science Skills Center High School aims high with a challenging population by requiring all teens to take four years of math and science, plus college courses and Advanced Placement classes by senior year. All students take three years of Spanish or French. 

The school does a good job helping students who have fallen behind in middle school catch up. About 38 percent of the entering 2017-2018 9th-grade class scored level 1 (out of 4) in either English or math, or both, in middle school, thus lacking the basic skills to be successful in high school, the yearly plan states. Even so, most students graduate on time. Attendance is good. More than half of students take a college-level course before they graduate. The city gave the school improved marks on the most recent quality review.

Science Skills received extra money in 2016 as part of the city’s College Access for All program. The aim of the grant was to ensure that all students graduate with clear college or career plans by 2018. To that end, the school day is longer than is typical for high school, starting at 7:30 a.m. and ending at 3:40 p.m., according to the schedule on the school’s informative website. Additionally, teachers are trying new things. One innovation is choosing top students to train to be assistants in chemistry classes to help other students, according to the yearly plan.

Students may apply to one of six programs. Four of those look at grades and attendance: Gateway Honors (nursing and medicine), Project Lead the Way (engineering), Humanities & the Arts, and Computer Technology. Entrance to the general science and math program is educational option, or “ed opt,” designed to attract a mix of low-, middle- and high-achieving students. There is also an ed opt program in pharmacology that includes an internship in a pharmacy.

There is still room for improvement in school culture. Some kids say students don’t treat one another with respect, and the number of students who say they don’t feel safe in the hallways and bathrooms is above the citywide average.

Science Skills was founded in 1993 with grant money from the National Science Foundation and New Visions for Public Schools.

The school shares a renovated former warehouse in downtown Brooklyn, called Water’s Edge Educational Campus, with two other small high schools: Urban Assembly High School of Music and Art and Brooklyn International High School. Sports are campus-wide.

ADMISSIONS: Requirements vary for the six programs, which are open citywide. The science and math “ed opt” program and computer science draw the most applicants. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, April 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?
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2% 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?
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
82% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
48% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
41% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
67% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2019-20 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
38% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
66% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
68% Citywide Average

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

Science Skills Center
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

Focuses on using hands-on and research techniques. All students are required to take four years of mathematics (eight credits) and four years of science (eight credits).

Gateway Honors
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description:

Challenging academic program that prepares students for majors in nursing, medicine, research, and other scientific studies at competitive universities.

Project Lead the Way
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description:

Challenging courses in the field of engineering.

Humanities and the Arts
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description:

Challenging courses in writing, research, social sciences, humanities, and the arts.

Early College Pharmacology
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

Challenging courses in the field of pharmaceutical science and internship experience at a local pharmacy to prepare students to major in pharmaceutical science in college.

Computer Technology
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description:

Introduction to the field of computer science and technology through exploration of engaging technology to help students to develop college and job ready skills in technology.


Language Courses

French, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Computer Science Principles, AP Environmental Science, AP Calculus AB, AP Biology, AP French Language and Culture, AP Research, AP Human Geography, AP United States History, AP Computer Science A, AP Seminar, AP English Language and Composition, AP Psychology, AP English Literature and Composition


Boys PSAL teams

Basketball, Outdoor Track, Soccer

Girls PSAL teams

Soccer, Softball, Table Tennis

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

Contact & Location


Downtown Brooklyn (District 13)
Trains: 2 Line, 3 Line, 4 Line, 5 Line to Borough Hall; A Line, C Line to High St; B Line, Q Line to DeKalb Ave; F Line to York St; R Line to Jay St-MetroTech
Buses: B103, B25, B26, B38, B41, B45, B52, B54, B57, B61, B62, B65, B67, B69


Dahlia Mcgregor
Parent Coordinator
Andrea Gomes

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the Water's Edge Educational Campus with two other schools
Metal detectors?

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