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Khalil Gibran International Academy

Grades: 9-12
362 Schermerhorn Street
Brooklyn NY 11217
Phone: 718-237-2502
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What’s Special

International Baccalaureate program, Arabic language instruction.

The Downside

Troubled history & too early to tell whether new focus will work

Khalil Gibran was born into a political controversy it did not create, but it now seems to be charting a course forward by instituting an International Baccalaureate program with a principal committed to the school's mission of teaching Arabic and fostering bi-cultural understanding.

Five principals in five years, staff turnover, several moves, plus political attacks in the tabloids because of its Arab language theme sent the school off course. It has now re-focused itself in a convenient location close to the Atlantic Avenue hub of Brooklyn's Arab population. The building, shared with Metropolitan Corporate Academy until 2014 when that school closes, has been renovated with a nice new cafeteria.

Khalil Gibran, which opened as a middle school in 2007, has struggled with low enrollment. Now it is a high school where students can earn an IB diploma. (The school's final class of 8th graders will graduate in June 2013.) The IB is recognized by universities around the world and is in some ways more academically demanding than an Advanced Regents degree. The school also offers half a dozen Advanced Placement courses, and its middle school students made academic progress during the 2011-12 school year, as measured by state exams.

The school emphasizes bi-cultural awareness and understanding. Khalil Gibran's aim is to use an international curriculum to prepare students for college and careers in international business, diplomacy, linguistics, and journalism. The Arab American Family Support Center has partnered with the school to provide lots of extra services: support for families, health care for recent immigrants, a social worker to aid students' integration into the school community, free SAT prep and a range of after-school activities.

Principal Winston Hamann is a former teacher and assistant principal who spent close to 20 years at a middle school in Red Hook and is a native Spanish speaker. His ability to identify students who need extra help is complemented by his ability to make sure everyone "feels like they have a seat at the table," said a New Visions official who provides support to the school.

During the 2011-2012 school year, five of the teachers were bilingual Arabic-English speakers and two more were blingual Spanish-English. About a quarter of the students were native Arabic speakers. "Everybody's all excited," said the New Visions official. "This is a chance at renewal."

Afterschool: There is tutoring and clubs like chess, music, debate and drama. Arts organizations provide field trips to cultural sites.

Admissions: Priority to Brooklyn students or residents who attend an information session. (Meredith Kolodner, interviews & web reports, September, 2012)


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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?
77% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
85% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
36% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
81% Citywide Average

From 2015-16 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
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?
74% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
77% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
37% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
38% Citywide Average

From 2017 NY State Graduation Outcomes

How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
13% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2017-18 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
37% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

This school offers Transitional Bilingual Education in Arabic.

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
59% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
66% Citywide Average

For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Programs & Admissions

Khalil Gibran International Academy
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

Khalil Gibran International Academy's (KGIA) offers a teaching and learning environment where all students develop, maintain, and graduate as life-long learners with a deep understanding of different cultural perspectives, a love of learning and a desire for academic authenticity. We promote holistic student development by supporting learners to grow socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually. The heart of our curriculum focuses on academically-rigorous, standards-based instruction.


Language Courses

Arabic, French

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

Contact & Location


Downtown Brooklyn (District 15)
Trains: 2 Line, 3 Line, 4 Line, 5 Line to Nevins St; A Line to Hoyt & Schermerhorn; B Line, D Line, N Line, Q Line, R Line to Atlantic Ave-Barclays Center; C Line to Lafayette Ave; G Line to Fulton St
Buses: B103, B25, B26, B37, B38, B41, B45, B52, B63, B65, B67


Winston Hamann
Parent Coordinator

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?

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