East Williamsburg Scholars Academy

Grades: 9-12

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)

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

Advanced Courses

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



Computer Science




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

Law Enforcement Academy

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

Specialized Law Enforcement Academy program. Program includes courses in criminal justice, criminology, police science, forensics, constitutional law, and family & civil law. Activities include annual moot court and mock trial competitions, internships, and community service opportunities. Partnerships include John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Fordham Law School, Brooklyn District Attorney's Office, NYC Council, U.S Probations, U.S. District Court, and many more.

Computer Forensics Program

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

Program is a combination of law and technology sequenced courses preparing students to pursue careers in computer forensics and cyber-security. Computer forensics courses involve identifying, preserving, analyzing and presenting digital evidence and cyber-security technology include processes and practices designed to protect networks, computers, programs and data from attack, damage or unauthorized access. Partnerships include LIU, PACE University, Microsoft, and many more.

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.


From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

Cantonese, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English Literature and Composition, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Human Geography, AP English Language and Composition, AP World History: Modern, AP Calculus AB, AP Computer Science Principles

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


850 Grand Street
Brooklyn NY 11211

Trains: L Line to Grand St

Buses: B24, B43, B60, Q54, Q59


Principal: Rosemary Vega

Parent Coordinator: Pamela Delgado


Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Grand Street Educational Campus with two other schools

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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