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Brooklyn High School for Law and Technology

Grades: 9-12
1396 Broadway
Brooklyn NY 11221
Phone: 718-919-1256

Our Insights

What’s Special

Television studio and moot courtroom

The Downside

More work needs to be done to prepare graduates for college

The Brooklyn School for Law and Technology has a television studio, a moot courtroom and a curriculum designed to teach students to work for social justice. It is housed in the renovated RKO Bushwick Theater, a former vaudeville house first opened in 1911, and the building still has some of the original architectural details (although no full-size gym.)

Despite its small size and tiny gymnasium, the school boasts a powerhouse basketball team that has sent some graduates to play for Division 1 colleges, according to a story in the Glen Falls Post Star.

Parents are encouraged to use school computers to apply for student aid and attend workshops on the college admissions process. Workshops are offered in various languages such as English, Spanish and Haitian Creole.

The school encourages graduates to go to college and offers Advanced Placement courses, as well as college trips to places like Howard University, Morgan State and Georgetown University. However, many must take remedial courses at CUNY because of low scores on Regents exams.

Founded in 1999 as ACORN High School for Social Justice, the school has had ups and downs. It has moved three times, changed its name and experienced a revolving door of principals. Vernon Johnson took the helm in 2016 and most teachers say he is a good manager.

Special education: Law and Technology has a large number of students receiving special education services. All are educated alongside their non-disabled peers for the majority of the school day.

Admissions: Students in the Academy for Social Justice, which offers law classes, internships and community service, must have grades of at least 60 in math and 65 in English. Students in the computer technology program are admitted according to the educational option formula,  designed to ensure a mix of students of different abilities. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, and statistics, October 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?
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
79% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
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?
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

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

Who does this school serve?

From 2019-20 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

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

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

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

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

Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

Law Program
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description:

Brooklyn HS for Law and Technology has a partnership through the Justice Resource Center and offers courses, internships, and participation in mock trials. All curriculum materials are aligned with the Common Core standards and some programs equate to college credit. Students develop their potential by engaging in challenging law-related projects whereby they learn research, teamwork and critical thinking skills. Most classes are taught by a New York State board certified attorney.

Computer Technology
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

Introduction to computer science through the use of current technology to provide students with job readiness skills.


Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP United States History, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Computer Science A


Boys PSAL teams

Basketball, Outdoor Track

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Indoor Track, Volleyball

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools
NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location


Bedford-Stuyvesant (District 16)
Trains: J Line, Z Line to Gates Ave
Buses: B20, B26, B38, B46, B47, B52, B7, Q24


Vernon Johnson
Parent Coordinator
Virtudes Priatno Hohl

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?

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