The Boerum Hill School for International Studies

Grades 6-12
Noteworthy
284 Baltic Street
Brooklyn NY 11201
Phone: 718-330-9390
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What’s Special

French dual-language instruction; International Baccalaureate program

The Downside

High school International Baccalaureate program still too new to tell

Boerum Hill School for International Studies is undergoing dramatic change thanks to strong leadership, dual-language French instruction and the challenging International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum. Students enjoy a lot of arts offerings, field trips and a culinary program where they work in a professionally equipped kitchen and intern at restaurants and caterers.

Once an overlooked school in District 15, Boerum Hill is becoming a sought-after choice among local families. Middle school enrollment is skyrocketing—up from 50 6th-graders in 2014 to 180 in 2017—and parent involvement is on the rise. Both middle school test scores and the college readiness rate (percent of graduates who don’t need to remedial courses at CUNY) have risen sharply.

The vibe throughout the school is relaxed and friendly. Parents told us they’re impressed with how quickly their children are learning French and by the creative and collaborative class work.

Principal Nicole Lanzillotto, who headed Boerum Hill’s middle grades before taking the helm in 2017, encourages kids to have a say in their school. For instance, a group of students successfully argued to allow hats to be worn at school after studying the behavior code, reading and discussing the book, For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood with staff and then drafting a thoughtful petition. 

Students have French language instruction every day. In addition, science is taught in both French and English. Students participate in an after-school French immersion program where they develop their conversational fluency.

The IB program offers rich class discussions, thoughtful research papers and imaginative courses. For instance, instead of traditional English and social studies classes, students take courses such as “Individual and Societies,” “Language Acquisition” and “Language and Literature.”

Lessons in all grades emphasize skills such as communication, social and self-management as well as research and analytical thinking. In a high school math class we observed, students were discussing the importance of using graphs and charts to explain findings. Among their conclusions, visual representations transcend language barriers. In a senior English class, students were writing blog posts on topics they researched.  “I like this kind of writing because I can express myself,” said a student writing about Eric Gardner, the Staten Island man who died in 2014 during an arrest by police for selling loose cigarettes.

In the “middle years program” (grades 6-10) each year focuses on a theme that’s reinforced across subjects. For instance in 6th grade, students focus on identities and exploration, studying topics such as globalization, sustainability and relationships across the humanities classes; in 8th grade math, a survey in functions is part of the grade-wide theme of how an idea becomes a movement. Tenth grade is a year of reflecting on how all themes connect, with studies on constitutional foundations, three-dimensional math modeling and writing for different audiences.  

The IB diploma program is a challenging two years beginning in 11th grade culminating in completion of a year-long service project, a lengthy research paper and series of exams. Since the curriculum was rolled out in the middle school first and then expanded to the high school, the graduation class of 2019 (11th-graders when we visited) will be the first group to be eligible for an IB diploma.

Culinary arts is offered in high school, though 8th-graders are given an introduction to it. Students get hands-on training in the school’s professionally equipped kitchen as well as through internships shadowing chefs and catering events for the Department of Education and at Brooklyn Borough Hall.

Students enjoy day and overnight trips as well as a nice range of arts, elective classes and after-school activities including sports. arts, chess, music, dance, theater and technology. Partnerships with an impressive range of organizations, such as the French Embassy, 92nd Street Y Unterberg Poetry Center, Brooklyn Historical Society and Urban Advantage help expand learning opportunities beyond the classroom.

The school is housed in a large building it shares with the Digital Arts and Cinema Technology High School and Success Academy Cobble Hill Charter School. Students may leave the building for lunch or enjoy recess in the expansive schoolyard with teen size climbing equipment, multiple fields and a basketball court.

There is a busy college office lead by a fulltime college counselor. Juniors and seniors get additional support from a guidance counselor dedicated for those grades. Most graduates go on to CUNY and SUNY schools and some attend private and out-of-state colleges.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: There are ICT (Integrated collaborative teaching) classes on all grades plus SETSS.

ADMISSIONS: The middle school screens for academics (looking at grades, test scores and attendance record) and is open to District 15 students except for those screened for French language fluency who are admitted from across Brooklyn. The high school is open to students citywide with top priority to continuing 8th-graders and then to all of District 15. Admissions is based on an interview as well as a review of students’ grades, test scores and attendance record.

Boerum Hill’s demographics are shifting as more middle class District 15 families choose the school. In an effort to maintain an integrated student community, the school reserves 40% of it seats for students who qualify for free and reduced lunch. (Laura Zingmond, October 2017)

 

 

 

 

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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 2016-17 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
66%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
82%
84% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
45%
44% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
84%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
88%
83% Citywide Average

From 2015-16 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2%
3% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
49%
74% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
4.8

How do students perform academically?

From 2017 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
32%
29% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
28%
39% Citywide Average

From 2018 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
The Boerum Hill School for International Studies
Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I, French, Living Environment, US History

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
46%
37% Citywide Average
How many students graduate in 4 years?
78%
85% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
37%
51% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
26%
49% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
57%
74% 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
632
Asian
4%
Black
35%
Hispanic
26%
White
30%
Other
6%
Free or reduced priced lunch
57%
Students with disabilities
23%
English language learners
10%

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
93%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
20%
20% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Uniforms required?
No
This school offers Dual Language classes in French.

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
63%
73% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
78%
73% Citywide Average

From 2017 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
2%
7% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
2%
10% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
28%
7% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
14%
3% Citywide Average


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Directory Details

Programs and Admissions

International Baccalaureate
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description

Within the IB framework, students will complete core and interdisciplinary classes as they prepare for IB courses in their 10th-12th grades.

College, Career & Culinary
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description

Under our IB program, the College, Career & Culinary concentration is a four-year, rigorous sequence of courses designed to train future chefs and small business entrepreneurs. Entering freshmen are programmed for introductory kitchen skills and entrepreneurship. All students entering are required to fulfill IB requirements and coursework. Our partnership with C-CAP prepares students to complete internships with local area restaurant chefs.

Academics

Language Courses

French, Mandarin, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Flag Football, 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

Carroll Gardens (District 15)
Trains: A Line, C Line to Hoyt & Schermerhorn; F Line, G Line to Bergen St
Buses: B103, B41, B45, B57, B61, B62, B63, B65, B67

Contact

Principal
Nicole Lanzillotto
Parent Coordinator
Jacqueline Carrier

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with the Brooklyn School for Global Studies and Success Academy Cobble Hill Charter School
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No

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