Park Slope Collegiate

Grades 6-12
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What’s Special

Lots of support for students, innovative math program; laudable efforts to increase diversity

The Downside

Metal detectors in building

Our Review

Park Slope Collegiate, a 6-12 school in the John Jay Complex, is a progressive school with a laid back atmosphere. Class sizes are kept small so kids get lots of attention. Instruction in all grades emphasizes group work and projects.

In September 2013, a small group of District 15 families, frustrated that the popular middle schools did not have enough seats to meet demand, enrolled their children in 6th grade at Park Slope. The decision came after months of conversations with longtime principal, Jill Bloomberg, as well as touring the school and uncovering a high quality of curriculum and solid instruction. Bloomberg, for her part, says she is deeply committed to fostering cultural and academic diversity though she is wary of letting the school flip to serve mainly white, middle class students. The schools first step toward integration was chronicled in New York Magazine.

The vibe throughout the school is relaxed. Hallways are crowded and noisy during change of classes, but we didnt observe any bad behavior. In some classes students were overly chatty during independent work and some students struggled to stay on task. We did see some interesting work on display, such as a 6th-grade science project responding in words and illustrations to the question: What is a cell like? Answers included: a school, police station, and the Game Stop store. High school students complete a lengthy, multigenre project where students produce a range of media--poems, essays, photographs, advertisements, etc.on topics of their choice, such as a plan for creating a successful business.

What the school does best is give kids lots of support. Classes in all grades run 55 minutes, longer than the typical 42-minute period, and tend to be smaller than the citywide average. Students are assigned to circles, small group advisories that emphasize community-building and conflict resolution.

Middle school students attend classes in one wing and are escorted from class to class by their teachers. They also benefit from having high school teachers on staff. What drives our middle school curriculum is high school, said Bloomberg. For instance, 6th-graders learn the periodic table of elements because the high school chemistry teacher felt that students were more prepared to handle the high school level course if they arrived with some prior knowledge of the subject.

High school students are required to take four years of each core subject: English, history, science and math. The school offers some intriguing classes, such as elective classes on Spanish film, guitar and the science of food an interdisciplinary class that looks at nutrition, regulation of food and depiction of food in the media. Seniors fulfill their history requirement by taking semester-long courses on economics and the history of Brooklyn. There are no AP classes. The school offers calculus, though not for college credit. Spanish instruction begins in 9th grade.

An innovative math program with Hunter College targets students who pass the algebra Regents but fall short of the college-readiness score of 85. Instead of moving on to geometry, these students spend the following year boosting their algebra skills by serving as teaching assistants in an algebra class. Students then take geometry over the summer at Hunter College for free.

There are no honors classes or tracking in specific subjects. To accommodate the broad range of students, teachers offer more complex texts or challenging assignments to stronger students and offer extra support for the struggling ones.

High school students can participate in campus-wide sports teams. Middle school students have their own after school activities including sports teams and art.

College: A full-time college counselor regularly meets with every junior and senior. College essay writing is woven into the 12th-grade English curriculum. The school cultivates contacts with colleges, focusing on some small, private schools that may admit students who do not meet the grade point average and test score thresholds for CUNY and SUNY, Bloomberg said. Popular choices are Muhlenberg in Pennsylvania and Drew University in New Jersey. Several graduates have received POSSE scholarships.

Special education: The school offers integrated co-teaching (ICT) classes and SETSS.

Admissions: District 15 priority for both middle and high school.(Laura Zingmond, June 2014)

About the students

Enrollment
608
Asian
6.4%
Black
36.0%
Hispanic
38.7%
White
15.8%
Other
3.1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
68%
Students with disabilities
23%
English language learners
9%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the John Jay Educational Campus with three other schools
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
Yes
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
87%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
91%
90% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
28%
27% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
73%
75% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
54%
45% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
76%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
35%
49% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
12.0
5.8 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
83%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
90%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
88%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
61%
70% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
83%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
81%
84% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Test scores

How many students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
36%
29% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
38%
38% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 3 dedicated spaces for Music, Theater, and Visual arts
This school has 2 licensed arts teacher in Music and Theater

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
62%
68% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
41%
56% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
64%
69% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I, Living Environment
How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
49%
38% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
84%
87% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
Park Slope Collegiate
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
85%
83% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
0%
13% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
10%
4% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
28%
38% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
89%
48% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
55%
71% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

How many English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
0%
3% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
43%
43% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
56%
65% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
Average math score for ICT students
1.75
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.07
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.96
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.18
2.2 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
69%
67% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
90%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
95%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
95%
89% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
77%
67% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

College Preparatory for New Students
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description

Our high school program is designed to prepare all students for success in college. All students are required to study four years of English, mathematics, social studies, and science to provide the well-rounded foundation of knowledge they will need for any college major. Similarly, students participate in Spanish language, PE and arts programming throughout high school. Internships in junior year and college advisory in junior and senior years ensure guidance through the transition to college.

College Preparatory for Current Students
Admissions Method: For Continuing 8th Graders
Program Description

For continuing eighth grade students.

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Basketball

Girls PSAL teams

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

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Location

237 7th Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11215
Park Slope (District 15)
Trains: F, G to 7th Ave; R to 4th Ave-9th St
Buses: B103, B61, B63, B67, B69

Contact

Phone
718-832-4300
Principal
Jill Bloomberg
Parent Coordinator
Steffen Nelson