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East Williamsburg Scholars Academy

Grades: 9-12
850 Grand Street
Brooklyn NY 11211
Phone: 718-387-2800

Our Insights

What’s Special

Virtual Enterprise program and college course through Medgar Evers College

The Downside

Low graduation and attendance rates

The East Williamsburg Scholars Academy is a small high school that is trying to move past a challenging period of dwindling enrollment and low performance. Formerly known as the School for Legal Studies, the East Williamsburg adopted its new name and a more general focus in 2017.

St. Nick’s Alliance, a community organization has a big presence in the school, providing academic support and social services to students, most of whom arrive at the school performing below grade level.

Students may participate in a Virtual Enterprise program, where students create and operate all facets of a mock business and participate in local competitions.  There are also elective classes in cybersecurity, science research and Mandarin Chinese as well as a variety of music offerings.  

Those ready for the challenge may take college level course through a partnership with Medgar Evers College.

Despite the offerings, the school’s graduation and attendance rates are low and most graduates need to take remedial courses in college to catch up.

Legal Studies shares the Grand Street Educational Campus with Progress High School for Professional Careers and the High School for Enterprise, Business and Technology. The schools collaborate on a number on extracurricular activities, including performance groups and campus-wide sports teams.

ADMISSIONS: Open to New York City students. The school typically has space for all who apply. (Laura Zingmond, web reports, December 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 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
38% Citywide Average

From 2018 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 2020 High School Directory

Legal Studies
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

Study of criminal, civil, constitutional, business and family law, current legal issues, activist/politics, and law.

Computer Forensics Program
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

Investigate simulated crime scenes using computers and technology to research and analyze data. Participate in onsite mock courtroom trials.

Instrumental Music
Admissions Method: Open
Program Description:

This programs offers courses in concert bands, jazz bands, chamber groups and music history which result in a 10-credit sequence. This sequence fulfills the requirements for the Advanced Regents Diploma.


Language Courses

Cantonese, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Computer Science, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Spanish, AP U.S. History


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


Rosemary Vega
Parent Coordinator
Astrid Hernandez

Other Details

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

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