Cobble Hill School of American Studies

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

Classes in law, bio-medicine and cybersecurity

The Downside

Poor attendance

Once a struggling school, Cobble Hill School of American Studies has turned the corner. Although many students come into the school below grade level, about three-quarters graduate on time and almost no one drops outs. The turnaround has come under Anna Maria Mule who has been principal since 2010.

Cobble Hill offers two programs: one on law and government; the other on biomedicine and health careers. Course offerings include several law classes, Syracuse University courses in cybersecurity and science research, and Advanced Placement classes including biology and U.S history.

Students in a law class learn to cross examine, while a forensic science class focuses on analyzing data and conducting scientific investigations, according to an educator who visited the school for the Department of Education. Teachers stress projects and student collaboration.

Attendance remains a struggle. More than half the students miss at least a month of school each year.

Although the school is fairly small, it offers a number of extracurricular activities, including an Inside Broadway theater workshop and various internships. There are no PSAL sports for girls, however. Students in need of extra help may attend after school tutoring or Saturday classes. A partnership with Wediko Children’s Services enables Cobble Hill to provide supports, including individual and group counselling, to students and their families.

Special education: Cobble Hill has team teaching classes with a mix of general and special education students.

Admission: Students may apply to either the biomedical or law program. Both select students using the educational option method designed to admit students with a range of academic abilities. Brooklyn residents have priority and account for more than 90 percent of students, but students from throughout the city may apply. Both programs accept some incoming 10th graders. (Gail Robinson, from DOE records, November 2018)

 

 

 

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
84%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
84%
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
 
54%
Average daily attendance
 
74%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
52%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

479
Number of students
644 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
78%
Students with disabilities
 
21%
Multilingual learners
 
10%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
2%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
86%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
31%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
26%
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?
 
70%
11.0
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
233
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
157 Citywide Average

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity


How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
 
88%
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

Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science

Not offered in 2019-20

Physics

Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

 
7%

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
20%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
5%

Music

Not offered in 2019-20
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?
 
48%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
81%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
36%
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?
 
32%
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
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

Biomedical Sciences/Health Careers

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

Whether discovering new cancer treatments or teaching healthy lifestyle choices, today's biomedical science professionals are tackling big challenges to make the world a better place. Our Biomedical Science students, through Project Lead the Way courses, are taking on these same real-world challenges while still in high school. Students engage in compelling, hands-on activities and work together to find solutions to problems using the same tools used by professionals in hospitals and labs.

Pre-Law Institute/American Studies

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

Are you a natural debater? Are you interested in issues of social justice, advocacy, and equity? Then our comprehensive four-year Pre-Law Institute and American Studies offerings may be the best fit for you. While in high school, our pre-law students are introduced to professional opportunities in criminal, constitutional, family, and civil law. Students engage in legal research, engage in moot court and mock trial, and learn about careers in law through simulations and real world experiences.

Cobble Hill School of American Studies D75 Inclusion Program

Admissions Method: D75 Special Education Inclusive Services

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English Language and Composition, AP United States History, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Statistics

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location

Location

347 Baltic Street
Brooklyn NY 11201

Trains: 2 Line, 3 Line to Hoyt St; A Line, C Line to Hoyt & Schermerhorn; F Line, G Line to Bergen St

Buses: B103, B25, B26, B37, B38, B41, B45, B52, B57, B61, B62, B63, B65, B67


Contact

Principal: Annamaria Mule

Parent Coordinator: Wanda Sheffield

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes

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