Juan Morel Campos Secondary School

Grades: 6-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

Strong arts, Yiddish-bilingual program

The Downside

Attendance, while improving, is below citywide average

Juan Morel Campos Secondary School offers visual art, digital art, instrumental music, theater and dance. The tone is both orderly and relaxed: students wear school T-shirts of different colors by grade level and call teachers by their surnames, yet the school’s artsy identity is evident in the sounds of music, the black box theater, the hallway art and the dyed green and purple hair of some of its students.

Campos Secondary faces challenges: Many children arrive in 6th grade behind in basic skills but the school is proud of the progress they make, just in their 6th grade year alone. Attendance is poor and the graduation rate is below the citywide average, but the school is improving under the guidance of Principal Esther Shali-Ogli, who took the helm in 2016. 

Shali-Ogli sets the warm and structured tone. She sports blue-dyed hair and wears blue jeans and the same T-shirt she requires of her students. A former math teacher with a music background, she has eased out weak teachers and promoted her strongest staff to leadership positions. She sends home appealing newsletters in English and Spanish that celebrate student birthdays and instruct parents in a  non-jargon way. 

Students were alert and paying attention in classes on our visit. There was a nice spirit of peers helping peers: older students are trained to serve as academic tutors in some classrooms and lead advisory groups. The once-high suspension rate has dropped.  The on-time graduation rate is rising. Enrollment is steady. Once the school comes off a list of low-performing schools—which it is on track to do given its progress, Shali-Ogli says—the goal is to expand to 700 or more students in coming years. 

Options for high-achievers include Advanced Placement courses, like an AP Literature class we saw in which students read Hamlet out loud while others followed along. To give all students access to rich literature, some may read a graphic novel version of a text like Romeo and Juliet. 

Teachers encourage class discussions and small group work—Shali-Ogli wants students to be active, independent learners, she stressed—and we saw purposeful small group activity in all types of classes, as well as teens using technology in practical ways. In a science class, students worked on interactive animations on iPads to study the digestive system. Some students used laptops to view a video clip in Spanish in an Earth Science class.

One-third of the school population has disabilities and approximately one-fifth are learning to speak English. Many speak Spanish at home, and most classrooms have instructions in English and Spanish.

The school’s bands perform in the community and there are two big all-school performances per year that showcase all the arts. 

Campos Secondary School has a hub of social services, including access to health care services, after school activities and parent workshops. 

Seniors who are on-track to graduate may go out for lunch. Campos is a community school in partnership with Grand Street Settlement; some students do internships at Grand Street, as well as at local elementary schools.

An experienced college guidance counselor meets with every student. On the day of our visit a representative from Marymount Manhattan College was meeting with students. The year before a student had been accepted to MMC on a full scholarship. 

Special education: Both the middle and high schools have classes to assist English language learners, and children with special needs. There are “integrated co-teaching” (ICT) classes, in which two teachers, one with special education certification, share leadership of a class that mixes students with special needs with general education students. There is a small District 75 program that shares the building and some of those students are included in Campos classrooms. The school also houses a rare bilingual Yiddish program for children with disabilities, a tiny program with about 20 students. The school is wheelchair accessible.

Admissions: Brooklyn-wide for middle school. High school: Preference to
continuing 8th graders. (Lydie Raschka, November 2018) 

School Stats


How many students graduate in 4 years?
How many students with disabilities 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?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey


Number of students
611 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
8 Citywide Average
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?
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

Advanced Courses

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


Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science

Not offered in 2019-20


Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language


AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science


AP/IB Math or Science



From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2019-20 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

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

Visual Art and Design

Admissions Method: Open

Program Description:

Fine and graphic arts, courses include but are not limited to: studio arts, portfolio development and graphic design. Several partnerships with New York Arts organizations provide our students with the opportunity to participate in art shows across the city. A major in Visual Arts will prepare students to receive an Arts-Endorsed diploma and to major in visual arts at the college/university level.

Performing Arts (Dance, Music, and Theater)

Admissions Method: Open

Program Description:

The program consists of dance, theater arts and instrumental music. Students are able to participate in all aspects of the program or to instead concentrate on one in particular. Instrumental music includes participation in the Super Band which is a rock band. Prior musical experience is not necessary. Theater provides students of all ability levels with foundational skills in theater. Dance starts with foundational skills and offers students classes in various modern techniques.

Juan Morel Campos Secondary School D75 Inclusion Program

Admissions Method: D75 Special Education Inclusive Services

Juan Morel Campos Secondary School

Admissions Method: Open

Program Description:

A rigorous program designed to prepare students for college. We offer a specialized STEM program called CUNY PERC. Students engage with topics in math, biology and chemistry to become teachers of younger students in those disciplines. Additionally, all upperclassmen have the opportunity to earn college credits through College NOW courses and AP. Seniors are also invited to participate in the many internship programs we offer as a pathway to their future careers.

Juan Morel Campos Secondary School The Yiddish ACES 12:1:1 Program

Admissions Method: ASD/ACES Program


From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP United States History, AP Statistics, AP Biology, AP English Literature and Composition

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Handball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Softball

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

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location


215 Heyward Street
Brooklyn NY 11206

Trains: G Line to Broadway; J Line, M Line to Hewes St; Z Line to Marcy Ave

Buses: B24, B39, B43, B44, B44-SBS, B46, B48, B57, B60, B62, Q54, Q59


Principal: Esther Shali Ogli

Parent Coordinator: Nereida Pena


Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares a building with Beginning with Children Charter School II

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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