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Khalil Gibran International Academy

Grades: 9-12
362 Schermerhorn Street
Brooklyn NY 11217
Phone: 718-237-2502

Our Insights

What’s Special

International Baccalaureate program, Arabic language instruction.

The Downside

Low enrollment; academics have a way to go

Founded with the mission of fostering cultural understanding, Khalil Gibran International Academy offers instruction in Arabic and English. A tiny school near Atlantic Avenue’s Arab-American neighborhood, Khalil Gibran serves many Arabic-speaking immigrants, including some from war-torn Yemen.

In 2015, the school was certified as an International Baccalaureate (IB) program, offering a diploma that is recognized in 100 counties. Not all students graduate with the demanding IB diploma, however. Most enter high school with weak academic skills; attendance is poor, and many of those who do graduate are not prepared for college.   

The school has had steady leadership since Winston Hamman became principal in 2011. Founded as a middle school in 2007, the school had a rocky beginning, with five principals in five years, staff turnover, several moves, plus political attacks in the tabloids because of its Arab language theme. Its middle school closed in 2013 because of poor enrollment. The high school, too, has long suffered from low enrollment.

Admissions: The school has had room for all applicants in recent years. (Clara Hemphill, web reports, December 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 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
79% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2% Citywide Average

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
82% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
48% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
41% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
67% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2019-20 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
38% Citywide Average

From 2020 School Directories

This school offers Transitional Bilingual Education in Arabic.

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
66% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
68% Citywide Average

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

Liberal Arts Track
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.

International Baccalaureate Program (IB)
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. KGIA works with the IBO to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment and encourages students to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right. The heart of our curriculum focuses on academically-rigorous, standards-based, data-driven, universal design that prepares students for higher education and fulfilling college experience and careers. KGIA is dedicated to providing a diverse, supportive, student-centered, and collaborative learning environment where students embody the 10 IB learner profiles and become Inquirers, Knowledgeable, Thinkers, Communicators, Principled, Open-Minded, Caring, Balanced, Reflective, Risk-Takers. Our current IB course offerings include, English Language and Literature, French ab Initio, Arabic, History of the Americas, Chemistry, Sports, Exercise and Health Science, Mathematics Applications and Interpretations and Dance.


Language Courses

Arabic, French


Girls PSAL teams

Indoor Track

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

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


Carl Manalo
Parent Coordinator
Irene Moussa

Other Details

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

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