Park Slope Collegiate

Grades: 6-12
Noteworthy

Our Insights

What’s Special

Commitment to diversity; supportive environment

The Downside

Metal detectors in building

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: The school has many ICT (integrated co-teaching) classes. 

ADMISSIONS:  As part of a district-wide equity plan, all District 15 middle schools use an open admissions method with priority for 52 percent of seats going to students from low-income households (who qualify for the federal free and reduced-price lunch program), students in temporary housing, and English Language Learners. There are no “screens” for admission. To learn more about the D15 Diversity Plan, visit d15diversityplan.com.  For high school, current 8th-graders are guaranteed a seat. Incoming 9th-graders from other schools are selected through the education option method, which selects students with a range of academic backgrounds; top priority to District 15 students, then to Brooklyn residents, and then to children from elsewhere in the city. (Gail Robinson, via web reports, October 2018)

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
80%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
67%
Average daily attendance
 
80%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
45%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
 
92%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
 
82%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

687
Number of students
631 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
65%
Students with disabilities
 
26%
Multilingual learners
 
7%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
0%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
92%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
24%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
12%
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

School
Citywide
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
 
97%
2.1
Years of principal experience at this school
8 Citywide Average
211
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
226 Citywide Average

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity


How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
 
78%
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2019-20 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 NY State Report Card, 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

Calculus

 
17%

Computer Science

Not offered in 2019-20

Physics

 
21%

Advanced Foreign Language

 
25%

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
49%

AP/IB Math or Science

Not offered in 2019-20

Music

 
36%
From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2019-20 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

School
Citywide
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
 
52%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
85%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
53%
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
How many graduates of this school received Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) funding to attend a NYS college?
 
54%
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2011-12 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

College Preparatory

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.

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

American Sign Language, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English Literature and Composition, AP United States History

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 NYCDOE’s MySchools

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location

Location

237 7th Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11215

Trains: F Line, G Line to 7th Ave; R Line to 4th Ave-9th St

Buses: B61, B63, B67, B69


Contact

Principal: Jill Sandusky

Parent Coordinator: Steffen Nelson

Website

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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