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Brooklyn Frontiers High School

Grades: 9-12
Staff Pick for Special Ed
112 Schermerhorn Street
Brooklyn NY
Phone: 718-722-4727

Our Insights

What’s Special

Individual support and opportunity for paid internships

The Downside

High suspension rate

Brooklyn Frontiers High School is designed to help students who have been held back at least twice in elementary or middle school, as well as current high schoolers with a minimum of one year at another school who want to transfer. This school gives students a second chance by offering them lots of individualized support, small classes and the opportunity for paid internships.

The school has made a speciality of helping students with significant reading problems. While most instruction in reading is geared toward elementary school children, Brooklyn Frontiers has developed approaches designed to engage and interest older students while helping them learn high school level material, according to a report by Advocates for Children. 

Opened in 2010, Brooklyn Frontiers is patterned after the High School of Excellence and Innovation in Manhattan. Its model is expensive: According to Chalkbeat, Brooklyn Frontiers “spends about $34,000 per student, compared with an average of nearly $21,000 citywide.”

In reflecting on their time at Brooklyn Frontiers, students remarked that it “changed my whole perspective on school” and I learned that “I can be myself and learn at the same time.”

Good Shepherd Services, a social services organization, provides students with coaches who meet with them individually to talk about academics, as well as what else is going on in their lives and their plans and aspirations for the future. Students also participate in paid Learning to Work internships to help them explore their interests and prepare for careers after high school.

Small class sizes, ranging from 10 to 20 students, ensure lots of individual attention. Founding principal Alona Cohen, PhD, was formerly a science teacher at South Brooklyn Community High School, a transfer school. She gets high marks from teachers on the NYC School Survey, and told Chalkbeat that “her discipline strategy is usually discussion-based,” though “she’s also not afraid to suspend students.”  Indeed, the school’s suspension rate is far higher than the citywide average.

The school is located in downtown Brooklyn. Students can participate in extracurriculars such as musical instrument instruction, Regents prep, gardening and PSAL basketball.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: Roughly half the students enrolled receive special education services. The school has SETSS (special education teacher support services) and ICT (integrated co-teaching) classes. In a report called A Is for All, the legal advocacy group Advocates for Children said Brooklyn Frontiers has a particular focus on helping adolscents who have significant reading problems.

ADMISSIONS: Open to students who are two years overage (held back twice or more) who are entering high school for the first time directly out of middle school, as well as to transfer students who have been in high school for a minimum of one year. Students and their parents/guardians should contact the school to begin the application process and schedule an intake appointment. Students who are eligible will be invited for an interview and will need to bring their transcript with them at that time. (Katharine Safter, web reports, July 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

Transfer school graduation rate
52% 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

Who does this school serve?

From 2019-20 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

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 Frontiers High School
Admissions Method: Transfer


Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Statistics, AP Psychology, AP Environmental Science


Boys PSAL teams


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

Contact & Location


Downtown Brooklyn (District 15)
Trains: 2 Line, 3 Line, 4 Line, 5 Line to Borough Hall; A Line, C Line, F Line, R Line to Jay St-MetroTech; B Line, Q Line to DeKalb Ave; G Line to Hoyt & Schermerhorn
Buses: B103, B25, B26, B38, B41, B45, B52, B54, B57, B61, B62, B63, B65, B67


Alona Cohen
Parent Coordinator
Frances Martinez

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?

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