Nelson Mandela High School

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

Social justice theme

The Downside

Poor attendance

Opened in 2014, Nelson Mandela School for Social Justice is one of four city high schools founded with grants from the Open Society Foundations to help improve college and career-readiness rates for black and Latino students, particularly males.

The school, housed in the Boys and Girls High School building, aims not only to prepare students academically, but also to form adults who are “committed to social justice and improving their communities and this nation,” according to the school website.

Like three other schools in the Epic network, Nelson Mandela works to give students a voice and to ensure their education “honors and embraces” their cultures and community, according to the school’s website.

Most students enter with poor academic skills and attendance is poor. Nonetheless, more than three-quarters of the first class graduated on time.

The other Epic New York City schools are: Epic High School North and Epic High School South, both in Queens, and South Bronx Community Charter School.

Admissions: The school has had room for all who applied in recent years. (Clara Hemphill, DOE stats, December 2018)

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
83%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
79%
Average daily attendance
 
72%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
72%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2019-20 NYC School Survey

Students

189
Number of students
644 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
86%
Students with disabilities
 
34%
Multilingual learners
 
2%
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?
 
80%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
80%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
41%
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?
 
76%
6.1
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
116
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
157 Citywide Average
How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
 
100%
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

Not offered in 2019-20

Physics

Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
35%

AP/IB Math or Science

Not offered in 2019-20

Music

Not offered in 2019-20
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?
 
44%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
6%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
31%
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

Nelson Mandela School for Social Justice

Admissions Method: Open

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP World History: Modern, AP English Literature and Composition

Boys PSAL teams

Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Cross Country, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Volleyball

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

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location

Location

1700 Fulton Street
Brooklyn NY 11213

Trains: A Line, C Line to Utica Ave

Buses: B15, B25, B26, B43, B45, B46, B46-SBS, B65


Contact

Principal: Tabari Bomani

Parent Coordinator: Shani Amory Claxton

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Boys and Girls HS Building wth two other schools

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes

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