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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. (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


How many students graduate in 4 years?
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
Average daily attendance
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achieve the goals of their students' IEPs?
From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey


Number of students
Citywide Average is 615


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2022-23 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

How many students were suspended?
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
Years of principal experience at this school
Citywide Average is 7
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
Citywide Average is 157

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2021-22 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 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


Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science

Not offered in 2019-20



Advanced Foreign Language

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science


AP/IB Math or Science



Not offered in 2019-20
From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2021-22 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
How many students who have graduated from this high school stay in college for at least 3 semesters?
From the 2020-21 and 2021-22 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
From the 2022-23 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2024 High School Directory

Liberal Arts Track (L61A)

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) (L61B)

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.


From the 2024 High School Directory

Language Courses


Advanced Courses

Algebra II (Advanced Math), Chemistry (Advanced Science), Econ/Gov (International Baccalaureate), IB Chemistry HL, IB Dance HL, IB English HL, IB French HL, IB History SL, IB Mathematics Applications and Interpretation HL, IB Mathematics Applications and Interpretation SL, IB Mathematics SL, IB Theory of Knowledge, Physics (Advanced Science), World Languages (International Baccalaureate)

Girls PSAL teams

Indoor Track

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Contact & Location


362 Schermerhorn Street
Brooklyn NY 11217

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 Av-Barclays Ctr; C Line to Lafayette Av; G Line to Fulton St

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


Principal: Amanda Hunter

Parent Coordinator: Irene Moussa


Other Details

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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