Challenging academics with a strong emphasis on research and inclusion of students with special needs
Shared space in building with metal detectors
Millennium Brooklyn is a small, selective school with strong academics and a friendly vibe. The school takes pride in its inclusive culture that welcomes students from diverse backgrounds as well as those with special needs. It opened in 2011 with the mission of taking the successful practices of the original Millennium High School in Manhattan and replicating them in the heart of Park Slope. Since then, Millennium Brooklyn has established its own identity and has become a strong option for students across Brooklyn.
Group work is a staple of instruction at the school and it's common to hear the chatter of students working together in class, whether they’re on a five-minute task or a project that will take several days to complete. Teachers in all subjects emphasize writing and find creative and helpful ways to ensure their students understand concepts. For example, in algebra II, a project named after the popular transformer toy helps students understand how to build new functions from existing ones. In Advanced Placement (AP) courses, students are taught to compile highly detailed outlines of each chapter they read in their textbooks—a very useful skill for college.
Kevin Conway, a founding teacher at Millennium Brooklyn and former assistant principal at the school, became principal in 2015.
All 9th-graders at Millennium Brooklyn take a class in quantitative methods where they learn how to do field research and conduct controlled experiments such as testing different approaches to cleaning up water contaminated by an oil spill. In 10th grade, students study qualitative methods such as designing surveys and running focus groups. Students in all grades participate in the school's annualy research symposium where they present their finding from large reserach projects to an audience of their peers, parents and teachers.
“These research classes have the luxury of no standardized tests hanging over students' heads, so you can engage them in exploration,” said Conway.
In the upper grades, students deepen their research skills in classes such as statistics, sociology, product design, AP psychology and AP computer science. They also participate in internships during the school year and over the summer. An internship coordinator helps place students at sites such as architectural firms, hospitals and the American Museum of Natural History.
Students study core academic subjects—English, history, math and science—for all four years in addition to taking a research course each year. In math and science, the school offers a variety of options. For math, freshmen take either algebra or geometry depending on their incoming skills. By senior year, students can take calculus (AP an non-AP options), pre-calculus or statistics. In the lower grades, all students study living environment and chemistry. In the upper grades, options include earth science, physics and range of AP courses such as in biology and chemistry.
One successful practice the school borrowed from the original Millennium is the 9th and 10th grade humanities curriculum, which coordinates instruction in English and history. For instance, students read The Odyssey when studying ancient Greece. In upper grades, students choose among English classes in AP English, Shakespeare and poetry, journalism and memoirs.
Rare for a small school, Millennium Brooklyn offers four years of instruction in both Spanish and French (students choose one to study).
Ninth- and 10th-graders take visual arts. Upperclassmen may take electives in advanced visual arts, photography and theater. Students may also participate in the school’s eclectic mix of clubs such as Model UN, creative writing, gay-straight alliance, mock trial, robotics and running.
Millennium is located on the third floor of the John Jay Educational Complex, which is also home to Park Slope Collegiate, the Secondary School for Law and Secondary School for Journalism. All schools in the building share use of common spaces, but Millennium does not participate in campus-wide PSAL sports. Instead, it shares sports teams with it sister school in Manhattan, including a PSAL swim team that practices in the John Jay pool.
Most Millennium students go out to lunch on busy Seventh Avenue. Those who stay in typically spend their lunch period in the cafeteria. All students in the building must pass through scanners when entering the building, even when returning from lunch.
Teachers lead small group advisories, which meet three times each week. Students have the same advisor for all four years and get extra support as needed from the school’s guidance counselors and social workers.
College guidance is built into the advisory classes. Two counselors oversee the application process, while teachers walk their advisory students through the process and keep tabs on their progress.
SPECIAL EDUCATION: Inclusion is a centerpiece at Millennium Brooklyn, where roughly 50 percent of the classes follow the ICT (integrated co-teaching) model. Millennium also has an ASD Nest program; in each grade a few students with an autism spectrum disorder are integrated into classes with extra supports.
ADMISSIONS: Priority to Brooklyn students. Admissions is based on a review of each student’s grades, test scores and record of attendance. (Laura Zingmond, via interview, November 2018)
Safety & Vibe
Faculty & Staff
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
Millennium Brooklyn HS ASD Nest Program
OfferingsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
Advanced Placement (AP) courses
AP Psychology, AP Biology, AP Computer Science Principles, AP Calculus AB, AP Chemistry, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP United States History, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP French Language and Culture
Boys PSAL teams
Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Fencing, Soccer, Swimming, Table Tennis
Girls PSAL teams
Basketball, Fencing, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Table Tennis, Volleyball
Coed PSAL teams
Contact & Location
237 7th Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11215
Trains: , to 7th Ave; to 4th Ave-9th St
Buses: B61, B63, B67, B69
This school shares the John Jay Educational Campus with three other schools