Outstanding school environment
Many students graduate unprepared for college
Located on the Grand Street campus in Williamsburg, Progress High School for Professional Careers is a small, safe and orderly school that offers a variety of supports and academic programs for its students, many of whom arrive at the school doing academic work below grade level.
Since its opening the school has shifted focus a bit from professional programs to the arts, with an instrumental music program with performance groups including five bands, choral ensembles, chamber groups and two dance ensembles, and a fine arts program where students get to work in various media. The school also offers programs aimed at careers in the health professions and teaching as well as a Mathematics and Science Institute. Students can choose from more than 10 Advanced Placement classes.
The school provides a a supportive environment with lots of services available to students including an on-site medical and mental health center operated by Woodhull Hospital, a special program called AVID that helps prepare students for college and three guidance counselors. Students and teachers give the school very high marks in a range of areas including the quality of classes, student behavior in those classes and school leadership, based on their responses to the NYC School survey.
The school’s graduation runs roughly the citywide average, although many of the students who graduate are not considered to not be ready for college work.
Progress shares the campus with two other high schools, East Williamsburg Scholars Academy and the High School for Enterprise, Business and Technology. The schools together field about 18 sports teams and use six gyms and other athletic facilities.
SPECIAL EDUCATION: Progress has team teaching classes with a mix of general and special education students and self-contained classes for students with disabilities. To serve English language learners, the school provides beginning, intermediate, advanced and transitional classes that make use of computer technology in English as a new language. It also has a bi-lingual program aimed at Spanish speaking students.
ADMISSIONS: The school admits students to all three of its programs – STEM Professional Careers, Aspiring Teachers, and instrumental music and art – using the educational option method that admits students with a range of academic abilities. Brooklyn residents get priority and fill almost all the seats. Typically there are seats available for incoming 10th graders. (Gail Robinson, web reports, September 2018)
Safety & Vibe
Faculty & Staff
CalculusNot offered in 2019-20
Computer ScienceNot offered in 2019-20
PhysicsNot offered in 2019-20
Advanced Foreign Language
AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science
AP/IB Math or Science
Programs & AdmissionsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
STEM Professional Careers
Preparation for entry-level positions in the health field as well as admission to two- and four-year colleges. This program equips students with the knowledge, skills, and competencies for success in college pre-med programs. This four-year math and science program culminates in internships at various medical facilities. Students take AP courses in biology, chemistry, anatomy, and physiology and participate in Health Occupation Students of America.
Aspiring Teachers-If you embrace a culture of learning with high expectations for all students, the Aspiring Teachers/EdRising program will help jumpstart your pathway to teaching. PROGRESS is committed to providing targeted professional learning, support, and mentoring for aspiring teachers to prepare college and career ready graduates. To grow our own teachers may be the most efficient and sustainable strategy for developing an effective teaching force.
Instrumental Music and Art
Four full concert bands, three jazz bands, Latin Band, two choral ensembles, Chamber groups such as guitar ensemble, brass choir, and clarinet choir; Annual theater/musical theater performances by students; Presentations at City/State Conferences; sight singing, Latin music theory, and music history, perform original repertoire. Art-Courses in art history, drawing, painting, graphic arts, stage design, and AP Studio Art (2-D & 3-D Design, Drawing). Also ceramics, mural painting, and sculpture.
OfferingsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
Advanced Placement (AP) courses
AP English Literature and Composition, AP Biology, AP 2-D Art and Design, AP United States History, AP Drawing
Boys PSAL teams
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Handball, Soccer, Volleyball, Wrestling
Girls PSAL teams
Basketball, Handball, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball
Coed PSAL teams
Contact & Location
850 Grand Street
Brooklyn NY 11211
Trains: to Grand St
Buses: B24, B43, B60, Q54, Q59
This school shares the Grand Street Educational Campus with two other schools