Sunset Park High School

Grades: 9-12

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)

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
88%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
91%
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
 
78%
Average daily attendance
 
76%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
65%
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

1369
Number of students
624 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
82%
Students with disabilities
 
20%
Multilingual learners
 
24%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
1%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
92%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
25%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
18%
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

School
Citywide
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
 
62%
7.0
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
201
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
157 Citywide Average

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity


How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
 
90%
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2020-21 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 NY State Report Card, 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

Calculus

Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science

 
6%

Physics

Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

 
3%

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
46%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
3%

Music

 
31%
From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2019-20 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

School
Citywide
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
 
51%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
89%
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
43%
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
How many graduates of this school received Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) funding to attend a NYS college?
 
54%
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2014 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

Sunset Park High School

Admissions Method: Open

Program Description:

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.

Sunset Park High School D75 Inclusion Program

Admissions Method: D75 Special Education Inclusive Services

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

French, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP Psychology, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Human Geography, AP Computer Science Principles, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Biology, AP English Language and Composition

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

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location

Location

153 35th Street
Brooklyn NY 11232

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

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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