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Park Slope Collegiate

Grades: 6-12
Noteworthy
237 7th Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11215
Phone: 718-832-4300
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Our Insights

What’s Special

Commitment to diversity; supportive environment

The Downside

No AP classes

Park Slope Collegiate, a 6-12 school, is a small, diverse and progressive school with a social justice bent in the heart of Park Slope. Children study Brooklyn history, examining issues in their borough, such as inequality, and showcase their work in a public exhibition. The school offers three years of Spanish—along with a class in Spanish film. All high school students must take four years of English, math, science and social studies.

Visual arts and a guitar program are available to middle and high school students. There also is a middle school glee club. A partnership with a theater company features an ensemble performance every spring of writing by Park Slope Collegiate students.

The school program is designed to engage and support students at a range of academic levels. Classes are small and run for 55 minutes, longer than the typical 42-minute period. The instructional day is slightly shorter on Monday, when the staff meets together for 90 minutes.

Test scores and graduation rates are about average for the city, although the college readiness rate falls short. To help students with math and science, the schools has instituted a CUNY program where students receive instruction and support from their peers who, in turn, receive instruction in teaching methods.

The school offers an array of support for students. Groups of 10 to 15 students meet weekly with a teacher to discuss personal and global issues. Three guidance counselors, one a college counselor, serve the approximately 750 students. Seniors participate in a small group college advisory to work on college admissions and financial aid applications, and later have discussions designed to help them prepare for college.

Over the years, Park Slope Collegiate has enrolled more white and somewhat more affluent students. It also has gone from being under-enrolled, with staff worrying whether the school could even face closure, to having more applicants than available seats in high school. On its web site, school leaders stress they worry about maintaining diversity in such an affluent section of the city. “We actively pursue a school community that is integrated across race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status and past academic performance,” it says.

The school is unabashedly active in social justice causes. Its long-time principal, Jill Bloomberg, has been outspoken about inequality in New York City public schools and, in what struck many as a weird throwback to a bygone era, was investigated by the Department of Education for communist organizing. She was cleared.

Park Slope does not offer Advanced Placement classes but the Department of Education classifies the Brooklyn history class and 12th grade English as “college certified.” Students may also take College Now classes at City University of New York (CUNY).

The John Jay campus, which Park Slope Collegiate shares with three other schools, has had safety issues over the years, and students must pass through metal detectors. Now, though, most students feel safe. PSC’s middle and high schools occupy separate wings on the building’s top floor. The school has joint sports teams with two of the other schools on the campus, John Jay School for Law and Secondary School for Journalism but not with the third, Millennium Brooklyn High School

Special education: An unusually high percentage of students, especially in the middle school, have disabilities. The school has many team teaching classes with a mix of general and special education students.

Admissions:  Middle school open to District 15. Students chosen by lottery. About 40 percent of Park Slope Collegiate middle schoolers remain for high school. Incoming 9th graders are selected through the education option method, which selects students with a range of academic backgrounds. Priority goes to District 15 students, then to Brooklyn residents, and then to children from elsewhere in the city. (Gail Robinson from school website and DOE material, October 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 2017-18 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
69%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
80%
84% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
55%
44% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
85%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
80%
83% Citywide Average

From 2016-17 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
1%
3% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
69%
74% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
14.0

How do students perform academically?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
44%
35% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
51%
46% Citywide Average

From 2018 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
Park Slope Collegiate and Franklin Delano Roosevelt High School
Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I, Living Environment

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
67%
46% Citywide Average
How many students graduate in 4 years?
82%
86% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
56%
58% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
90%
48% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
75%
76% Citywide Average

From 2017 NY State Graduation Outcomes

How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
0%
16% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2017-18 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
654
Asian
4%
Black
35%
Hispanic
39%
White
18%
Other
3%
Free or reduced priced lunch
67%
Students with disabilities
22%
English language learners
7%

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
87%
89% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
45%
31% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Uniforms required?
No

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
58%
73% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
78%
71% Citywide Average

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
25%
12% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
21%
16% Citywide Average


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Programs & 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:

Guaranteed offer to continuing 8th grade students

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Swimming, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

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

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

Contact & Location

Location

Park Slope (District 15)
Trains: F Line, G Line to 7th Ave; R Line to 4th Ave-9th St
Buses: B61, B63, B67, B69

Contact

Principal
Jill Bloomberg
Parent Coordinator
STEFFEN NELSON

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the John Jay Educational Campus with three other schools
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
Yes

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