International Baccalaureate program, Arabic language instruction.
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)
Safety & Vibe
Faculty & Staff
CalculusNot offered in 2019-20
Computer ScienceNot offered in 2019-20
Advanced Foreign Language
AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science
AP/IB Math or Science
MusicNot offered in 2019-20
Programs & AdmissionsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
Liberal Arts Track
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)
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.
OfferingsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
Contact & Location
362 Schermerhorn Street
Brooklyn NY 11217
Trains: , , , to Nevins St; to Hoyt & Schermerhorn; , , , , to Atlantic Ave-Barclays Center; to Lafayette Ave; to Fulton St
Buses: B103, B25, B26, B37, B38, B41, B45, B52, B63, B65, B67
This school is in its own building.