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Williamsburg Preparatory School

Grades: 9-12
Staff Pick Staff Pick for Special Ed
257 North 6th Street
Brooklyn NY 11211
Phone: 718-302-2306

Our Insights

What’s Special

Does a good job with a wide range of academic abilities

The Downside

No lockers; metal detectors

Hard work is a virtue at Williamsburg Prep, but so is participation in sports and clubs. Founded in 2004, this well-run school has a reputation in the neighborhood for its calm hallways, many clubs, strong sports teams and well-behaved teens, says the parent coordinator, Lisa Staszewski. It boasts a good track record of taking students whose performance was average in middle school and getting them ready for college.

The staff is committed to mixing students of all abilities together, including students with special needs, who do well here according to tests and surveys. A strong team of special education teachers has a reputation for helping low scorers pass Regents exams, says Staszewski.

Freshmen take two periods of math, and freshmen and sophomores take double periods of English, one of which includes 20 minutes of quiet reading time. Teachers assign reading outside of class too, and provide worksheets that break long writing assignments into manageable chunks.

Students seem pleased with the many ways they can develop talent outside of academics, according to school surveys. These include working on the literary magazine, or joining drama, dance, chess or engineering clubs. Sports are campus-wide.

College visits begin in 9th grade and continue throughout all four years. Students also visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History, the New York Aquarium and other venues, sometimes in mixed-age groups, the parent coordinator says.

Teachers report that Principal Michael Shadrick is trustworthy and an effective manager. Ninety-eight percent of them would recommend the school to other families.

Williamsburg Prep is located in the Harry Van Arsdale building, shared with Brooklyn Prep and Williamsburg High School for Architecture and Design. Because there are no lockers, teens carry backpacks and coats from room to room.

Students must pass through metal detectors, which were in place before the school was founded. While it is a downside for some, Staszewski says, it makes others feel safe.

Two full-time college counselors help students apply to college. Parents meet with staff one-on-one for assistance with financial aid forms. Students attend colleges such as Cornell, Brandeis, CUNY Hunter, Gettysburg and SUNY Albany. Occasionally a graduate gets into very competitive schools like Middlebury or the University of Wisconsin.

ADMISSIONS: About 2,000 students apply for fewer than 200 seats. The school does not look at grades. (Lydie Raschka, interview and web reports, April 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
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

Williamsburg Preparatory School
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.


Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Calculus AB, AP Environmental Science, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Computer Science Principles, AP 2-D Art and Design, AP Human Geography, AP United States History, AP Art History, AP English Language and Composition


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


Michael Shadrick
Parent Coordinator
Lisa Staszewski

Other Details

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

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