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Brooklyn Preparatory High School

Grades: 9-12
Staff Pick for Special Ed Noteworthy

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. (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


How many students graduate in 4 years?
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
Average daily attendance
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey


Number of students
Citywide Average is 599


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2022-23 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
Citywide Average is 7
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
Citywide Average is 157

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2021-22 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 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

Not offered in 2019-20



Advanced Foreign Language


AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science


AP/IB Math or Science



From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2021-22 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?
How many students who have graduated from this high school stay in college for at least 3 semesters?
From the 2020-21 and 2021-22 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
From the 2022-23 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2024 High School Directory

Brooklyn Preparatory High School (K07X)

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.


From the 2024 High School Directory

Language Courses


Advanced Courses

Algebra II (Advanced Math), AP Calculus AB, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP European History, AP Psychology, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Studio Art - 2D, AP United States History, Chemistry (Advanced Science), Physics (Advanced Science), World Languages (Advanced World Languages)

Boys PSAL teams

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

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Cross Country, Flag Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Softball, Volleyball

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools

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Contact & Location


257 North 6 Street
Brooklyn NY 11211

Trains: G Line to Lorimer St; L Line to Bedford Av

Buses: B24, B32, B39, B44, B44-SBS, B46, B48, B60, B62, Q54, Q59


Principal: Noah Lansner


Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Harry Van Arsdale Educational Campus with two other schools

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes

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