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PROGRESS High School for Professional Careers

Grades: 9-12
850 Grand Street
Brooklyn NY 11211
Phone: 718-387-0228

Our Insights

What’s Special

Outstanding school environment

The Downside

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)



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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

From 2020 School Directories

This school offers Transitional Bilingual Education in Spanish.

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

STEM Professional Careers
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

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
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

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
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

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.


Language Courses


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


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

Contact & Location


Williamsburg (District 14)
Trains: L Line to Grand St
Buses: B24, B43, B60, Q54, Q59


Jasmine Pena
Parent Coordinator
Alaina Davis

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the Grand Street Educational Campus with two other schools
Metal detectors?

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