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Sunset Park High School

Grades: 9-12
153 35th Street
Brooklyn NY 11232
Phone: 718-840-1900

Our Insights

What’s Special

Students with varying abilities and with different levels of English proficiency are taught mainly in the same classroom.

The Downside

No Regents chemistry or physics

Sunset Park High School (SPHS), housed in a bright new building, has the feel of a small school, even though it serves almost 1,300 students. The students are divided into three learning communities where students takes classes together for the first three years so teachers can get to know them well.

Sunset Park is committed to teaching students of all abilities in the same classes. Most students with special needs as well as those learning English are integrated into regular college-prep classes, many of which have two teachers.

The three learning communities are thematically grouped with one on visual and performing arts, one on business and entrepreneurship, and one on health and human services.

Teachers speak a variety of languages including: Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Italian, French, Russian, Arabic, Hindi and Slovene.

The school offers lots of after school help for new immigrants, including ELL tutoring through games and Saturday Academy for Regents prep. The Center for Family Life runs after school activities including SPHS Dream, where immigrant students and allies discuss current trends in immigration, advocacy work, and pathways to citizenship. 

One downside: The school does not offer Regents chemistry or physics. However, it does offer five Advanced Placement classes and students may take college-level classes through College Now.

The school offers a wide array of after school activities including PSAL sports such as baseball, soccer, volleyball, badminton and one of the first girls wrestling teams in the city. Students can also participate in art, chorus, or debate clubs.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: Sunset Park is modeled on the Queens High School of Teaching, Liberal Arts and the Sciences, which has successfully integrated students with special needs into general education classes, many of which have two teachers. Sunset Park has adopted the same approach for its many new immigrant students. Rather than segregating children into classes of English as a second language, Sunset Park newcomers share most classes with students who are fluent in English and receive assistance from another teacher.

ADMISSIONS: Open to all New York City residents. Priority goes to Districts 15 and 20 students, and then to Brooklyn students, then New York City students. (Nicole Mader, April 2015, updated Katharine Safter June 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?
33%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
85%
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
35%
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
29%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
55%
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
0%
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
70%
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
4.9

How do students perform academically?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
83%
82% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
48%
48% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
49%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
65%
67% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
1216
Asian
10%
Black
7%
Hispanic
74%
White
8%
Other
0%
Free or reduced priced lunch
85%
Students with disabilities
21%
English language learners
22%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
85%
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
43%
38% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Uniforms required?
No
This school offers Dual Language classes in Spanish.

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
70%
66% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
67%
68% Citywide Average


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

Programs & Admissions

From the 2020 High School Directory

Sunset Park High School
Admissions Method: Open
Program Description:

Through our partnership with the Institute for Student Achievement, we are a college-preparatory school. Part of our mission is to ensure all students graduate within four years having choices in post-secondary educational options that best match their short and long term career goals. We are unwavering in accomplishing this in an inclusive environment undergirded by our core values of equity, community, and collaboration. Learner-led inquiry learning is the way we see all students grow.

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP Computer Science, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Spanish

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Handball, Soccer, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball, Wrestling

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

Location

Sunset Park (District 15)
Trains: D Line, N Line, R Line to 36th St
Buses: B35, B37, B63, B70, X12, X14, X17, X17A, X19, X3, X42, X5, X9

Contact

Principal
Victoria Antonini
Parent Coordinator
Lizette Lugo

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with another school.
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No

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