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Nelson Mandela High School

Grades: 9-12
1700 Fulton Street
Brooklyn NY 11213
Phone: 718-804-6805

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)

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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
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
80% 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

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

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


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


Bedford-Stuyvesant (District 16)
Trains: A Line, C Line to Utica Ave
Buses: B15, B25, B26, B43, B45, B46, B46-SBS, B65


Tabari Bomani
Parent Coordinator
Shani Amory Claxton

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the Boys and Girls HS Building wth two other schools
Metal detectors?

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