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Academy for College Preparation and Career Exploration: A College Board School

Academy for College Preparation and Career Exploration: A College Board School

Grades: 6-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

Students may study civics, fine arts, STEM or business entrepreneurship

The Downside

Limited clubs

The Academy for College Preparation and Career Exploration is a small 6-12 school that offers work experience, extra academic support, advanced courses and a wide variety of sports. The school aims to prepare students for college and to equip them with skills for entry-level work right out of high school. Students may participate in internships and paid work-based learning experiences both in school and at companies such as Amazon, Jet Blue, Citibank and Brooklyn Navy Yard. 

Academics & Instruction: Academics are improving at the Academy. In 2022 the middle school was removed from a list of low-performing schools in New York state. The numbers of students who remain from middle to high school has been growing.

Many middle school students enter the school performing below grade level. To help them catch up they are taken out of gym or art class a few times a week for tutoring and to practice skills on computer programs. A reading specialist provides individual assistance and in-class support. An after-school program that runs until 5 pm is available for students who want more credits or to catch up.

The school has a laptop for every student and a computer lab. Eighth-graders may take high school courses such as algebra, earth science and US history. High schoolers may earn up to 18 college credits by taking classes at CUNY New York City College of Technology. 

Culture & Environment: The school is becoming safer and more orderly, according to the NYC School Survey—and enrollment is rising. The middle and high schools are mostly on separate floors. While there is little interaction between them, the school holds one ceremony for graduating 8th- and 12-graders and a monthly, schoolwide town hall. 

Students typically sit at tables in groups of 4-5 in classes. Teachers encourage students to speak up in class. They routinely ask for feedback from students, including right after lessons. (Students create feedback surveys as part of paid school-based internships.) 

The school uses mediation to help students prevent and work through conflicts. Most students feel respected by teachers and incidents of bullying are decreasing, according to the NYC School Survey. 

Themes & Programs: High school students select one of four tracks: business entrepreneurship, civics, college prep and career exploration, or STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Students take field trips and classes that align with these pathways, such as philosophy for the civics track and economics for the business track. Past internships have taken place at the Federal Reserve Bank of NY and the New Lab in Brooklyn. 

Special Education & English as a New Language (ENL): An ENL specialist works with English learners. Each newcomer is paired with a former ENL student. The school offers ICT (integrated co-teaching) classes that mix general and special ed students in one room, and are taught by two teachers, one trained in special education. 

Building & Facilities: Middle school students may take part in the New York Edge after-school program. High School Students can participate in after school clubs based on interest surveys, such as art, music, book club, robotics, guitar or crocheting. Clubs are limited due to the school’s small size.

The Academy shares the historic Erasmus Hall Educational Campus with another 6-12 school and three high schools. Erasmus Hall’s roots go back to 1787 when it was founded as a private academy for boys, becoming the first secondary school ever chartered by the New York State Regents. All schools share facilities, such as the library, swimming pool and gymnasiums. There are campus-wide Advanced Placement courses and PSAL sports. A heath center offers free vision, medical, dental and mental health care to students campus-wide. (Lydie Raschka, web reports and interview, August 2023) 

 

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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe and well-run?

From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey

How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
74%
81% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
56%
52% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
92%
78% Citywide Average

From the 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
1%
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
87%
80% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
5.6

How do students perform academically?

From the New York State 2022-2023 Assessment Database

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
26%
42% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
28%
51% Citywide Average

From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
54%
60% Citywide Average
How many students graduate in 4 years?
81%
91% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From the 2022-23 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
399
Asian
2%
Black
67%
Hispanic
24%
White
2%
Other
6%
Free or reduced priced lunch
91%
Students with disabilities
20%
English language learners
9%

From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
85%
86% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
42%
45% Citywide Average

From the 2020 School Directories

Uniforms required?
No

How does this school serve special populations?

From the New York State 2022-2023 Assessment Database

How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
24%
7% Citywide Average
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2024 High School Directory

College Preparation and Career Exploration Pathway (L21A)

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

Students are prepared for the world of tomorrow through a challenging high school curriculum in addition to a rigorous college program at CUNY New York City College of Technology. The college preparation and career exploration pathway provides a substantial head start when applying to college by graduating with college credits and paid work-based learning experiences at leading business and tech companies.

Business/Entreprenuership Pathways (L21B)

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

Students learn the process of starting a businessfrom drawing up financial plans to marketing their product. Students will explore what makes a business successful and learn how to promote a business and attract investors. Students have the opportunity to earn up to 18 college credits in this program

Civics Pathways (L21C)

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

Civics is the study of the rights and obligations of citizens in society. The term derives from the Latin word civicus, meaning "for a citizen". Our school is committed to civic education that empowers all students to make informed decisions for the public good as members of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world. Civic education enables the development of civic competencies, which are needed for a democratic society to flourish. Through civic education, students learn how to identify and address problems in their community or school community. Students also learn how to demonstrate respect for the rights of others, respectfully disagree with other viewpoints, and provide evidence for a counterargument. Civic education can strengthen the relationships of schools and students with parents, families, civic leaders, and organizations and community partners. Students have the opportunity to earn up to 18 college credits in this program

STEM Pathways (L21S)

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

The STEM Pathway provides our students with a solid foundation in the core S T E M subjects that prepares them well for post-secondary college and career plans as well as to equip them with the skills necessary to compete in this global society. Students have the opportunity to earn up to 18 college credits in this program

Offerings

From the 2024 High School Directory

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Courses

Algebra II (Advanced Math), AP English Literature and Composition, ELA (College Course [Credited]), Physics (Advanced Science), World Languages (Advanced World Languages)

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Volleyball, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Cross Country, Flag Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Softball, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams

Cricket, Stunt

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

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Contact & Location

Location

911 Flatbush Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11226

Trains: B Line, Q Line to Church Av

Buses: B103, B12, B16, B35, B41, B44, B44-SBS, B49, BM1, BM2, BM3, BM4


Contact

Principal: Joan Mosely

Parent Coordinator: Elisa Holloway

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Erasmus Hall Educational Campus with four other schools

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes

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