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Brooklyn Preparatory High School

Grades: 9-12
Staff Pick for Special Ed Noteworthy
257 North 6th Street
Brooklyn NY
Phone: 718-486-2550

Our Insights

What’s Special

Multimedia art and music

The Downside

Attendance could be stronger

Brooklyn Prep offers a good selection of art classes, starting with a choice of multimedia arts or music appreciation in 9th grade, and moving into an array of electives, such as comics illustration, photography, Latin dance, chorus, photography, keyboards and band.

Enrollment has risen steadily under the leadership of principal Noah Lansner, who joined the school in 2010. He has added electives, tightened up discipline and improved the graduation rate, according to school data and surveys. Most teachers would recommend the school to other families.

The school prides itself on close relationships, nurtured primarily in small advisories three times a week. These are intentionally mixed-age groups in order to build strong relationships across the school. Twelfth-graders mentor 9th-graders who need extra support, and peer tutoring takes place twice a week after school.

Students study in different ways, not only by reading textbooks, according to the school's Quality Review. In a history class, for example, teens rotated through “stations” to watch a video clip, review a document and analyze a photo.

Reading, writing and discussion are focuses in every subject area. For instance, 9th-graders read the nonfiction book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks before launching into a related unit on genetic disorders and diseases. For a writing assignment, students were asked to describe the character of their neighborhood, with one teen writing an essay titled "Unwritten Rules for a Puerto Rican."

Teens present and defend their best work through a portfolio process at the end of the semester, presented to a group of peers and visitors. The portfolio is a collection of written reflections, projects, papers and tests.

All seniors take a class in which they write a 7- to 10-page research paper on a topic of their choice in preparation for college writing. Past topics have included ISIS, the school-to-prison pipeline, LGBT discrimination, racial inequality and homelessness.

One downside is that some students miss many days of school. Calls go home if they are late, according to the yearly plan. Guidance counselors work to build relationships with parents of struggling teens by selecting two parents each week for special attention. Another downside is that the building has metal detectors.

The school shares the Harry Van Arsdale building with Williamsburg Preparatory High School and the Williamsburg High School for Architecture and Design. Sports are campus-wide.

There is a full-time college adviser. Students take at least two college trips each year. The majority of the graduates attend CUNY and SUNY schools.

ADMISSIONS: Not based on grades. Priority to Brooklyn students or residents. (Lydie Raschka, web reports and interview, May 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

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

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

Brooklyn Preparatory High School
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

We develop the Habits of Mind (Perspective, Analysis, Connections and Expression), Work (Resourcefulness, Organization, Perseverance, Eagerness and Self-Awareness), and Heart (Flexibility, Insight, Role and Empathy) that students need to succeed in a challenging college program and fulfilling career.


Language Courses

Arabic, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Chemistry, AP Calculus AB, AP Environmental Science, AP Psychology, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP European History, AP United States History, AP English Language and Composition, AP 2-D Art and Design


Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Flag Football, Softball, Volleyball

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

Contact & Location


Williamsburg (District 14)
Trains: G Line to Lorimer St; L Line to Bedford Ave
Buses: B24, B32, B39, B44, B44-SBS, B46, B48, B60, B62, Q54, Q59


Noah Lansner

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the Harry Van Arsdale Educational Campus with two other schools
Metal detectors?

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