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Brooklyn International High School

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

Outstanding blend of academics and arts education

The Downside

Located along a high-traffic road

Brooklyn International High School, one of the most established schools in the Internationals Network for Public Schools, teaches new immigrants English and offers a strong arts program that includes dance, art, guitar and video production. 

This safe school enjoys excellent ratings on school surveys. Teachers are happy with the strong leadership and all would recommend the school to other families. Most students graduate on time and enter college after graduation. The school receives the highest possible marks on the city's quality review.

Like the other Internationals Network schools, Brooklyn International serves students who have limited English language skills and many who had their education interrupted in their home countries. The student body is highly diverse, with students from more than 30 countries who speak over 35 different languages. To foster a tone of acceptance and pride, Brooklyn International has "culture clubs" for African, Bengali, Chinese, Latino, Haitian and Arabic students. 

Academic standards are high, with the majority of students reporting on school surveys that they are encouraged to develop challenging academic goals. The school is equipped with a media arts laboratory where students may work on multimedia projects and films.

All students complete a 12-week internship in a field in which they are interested, ranging from placements at museums to wildlife centers, according to the school's website. Most high schools require students to take five Regents exams to graduate, but at Brooklyn International, students only take the English Regents exam. In addition, they must present a portfolio of their work in order to graduate.

The school, founded in 1994, is located on a gritty, traffic-choked spur of Flatbush Avenue in the Water’s Edge Educational Campus, a former torpedo factory in downtown Brooklyn. Brooklyn International shares the building with two other schools: Science Skills Center and the Urban Assembly High School of Music and Art.

Students do not have to pass through metal detectors to enter the school, and the majority of students and teachers feel safe in and around the school building, according to school surveys.

Extracurricular activities at Brooklyn International are varied and include many artistic and cultural opportunities, including language clubs, drama, dance and digital storytelling. Sports include bowling, cricket, soccer and wrestling. The school hosts annual, school-wide events: One Billion Rising, Thanksgiving Feast and an Arts Expo.

Partnerships include Beam Center (inventive engineering projects), Big Brothers/Big Sisters, College Now, St. Joseph's College, and New York University.

ADMISSIONS: Students who have been in the United States for fewer than four years are eligible. (Lydie Raschka, web reports and email correspondence, August 2020) 

[photo by Beyond My Ken, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons]


School Stats


How many students graduate in 4 years?
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
Average daily attendance
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey


Number of students
624 Citywide Average


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

How many students were suspended?
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

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

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2020-21 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 NY State Report Card, 2021 Guidance Counselor Report and this school's most recent Quality Review Report

College Readiness

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
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?
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2014 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

Brooklyn International High School

Admissions Method: Screened: Language

Program Description:

Thematic-based, interdisciplinary course structure.


From the 2021 High School Directory

Boys PSAL teams

Bowling, Soccer

Girls PSAL teams

Bowling, Soccer

Coed PSAL teams


Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location


49 Flatbush Avenue Extension
Brooklyn NY 11201

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


Principal: Kathleen Rucker

Parent Coordinator: Lilian Ghali


Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Water's Edge Educational Campus with two other schools

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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