Brooklyn High School for Law and Technology

Grades: 9-12

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



School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
81%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
72%
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
 
50%
Average daily attendance
 
83%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
43%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2019-20 NYC School Survey

Students

613
Number of students
644 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
81%
Students with disabilities
 
21%
Multilingual learners
 
8%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
1%
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
 
84%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
89%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
41%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
27%
From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

School
Citywide
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
 
80%
5.0
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
193
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
157 Citywide Average
How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
 
78%
Are teachers effective?
From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey, 2019-20 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 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

 
23%

Physics

 
18%

Advanced Foreign Language

 
3%

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
30%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
5%

Music

 
0%
From unpublished, anonymized data from the class of 2019-20 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?
 
39%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
20%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
41%
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2011-12 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
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.

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

Spanish

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

Location

1396 Broadway
Brooklyn NY 11221

Trains: J Line, Z Line to Gates Ave

Buses: B20, B26, B38, B46, B47, B52, B7, Q24


Contact

Principal: Vernon Johnson

Parent Coordinator: Virtudes Priatno Hohl

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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