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What’s Special

Project-based school for new immigrants learning English

The Downside

Declining enrollment; limited clubs

International High School at Prospect Heights is a small, supportive school for new immigrants. All students participate in internships, field trips and projects-based learning. The school serves students new to the United States (0-4 years) who are learning English while pursuing a high school education. 

Founded in 2004, it opened with Internationals Network for Public Schools, which includes 31 schools nationwide that focus on educating new immigrants. Students come from many countries including the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Yemen, Honduras, Haiti, El Salvador, Uzbekistan and Venezuela. 

Academics & Instruction: Like the other schools in the Internationals Network, classes are taught mostly in English. Teachers help students in their native languages, including Spanish, Arabic, Haitian Creole, French and Uzbek but expect tests and projects to be done in English. Classes combine students of different academic levels, so those who are stronger in English can help new arrivals. 

While many high schools need students to pass five NY State Regents exams, IHSPH only asks for two: English language arts and math. In the other subjects, students show their work through essays, research papers, art projects or science experiments to a group of teachers and visitors. 

The school has seen more teenagers without parents coming to the school. Families struggle with immigration and trauma, according to the school’s Comprehensive Education Plan. Many students are behind in school, and less than 20 percent graduated  ready for college. However, there's extra help like tutoring, after-school homework help and Saturday programs for reading and math.

The school works with CUNY (City University of NY) and St. Joseph’s University in Brooklyn to give students a taste of college and a chance to earn up to 15 credits for free before finishing high school.

Culture & Environment: Teachers work together to support students in various subjects, meeting weekly to help with both academics and emotions. The school uses the Restorative Practice model to teach students conflict resolution, and most students feel safe, as per the NYC School Survey.

Teens take many field trips to get to know the city and practice English. All seniors do internships. These take place at the Human Resources Administration of NY, Maimonides Hospital, the Wythe Hotel, Sean Casey Animal Rescue, the JFK Traveler’s Aid and other locations.

Building & Facilities: The school occupies its own quiet corner of Prospect Heights Educational Complex, overlooking the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Brooklyn Museum. 

Students go through metal detectors to enter the building. They may join sports teams with other schools on campus. The school offers a variety of lunch and after-school clubs like chess, snowboarding, rock climbing, swimming in the school’s pool, computer programming and more. The number of students has shrunk in recent years, which limits choices.  

College & Career: Juniors and seniors take a college and career support class. Seniors receive one-on-one college and career guidance. (Lydie Raschka, Web reports, November 2023)








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School Stats

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


How many students graduate in 4 years?
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
Average daily attendance
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
From the 2022-23 School Quality Guide and 2022-23 NYC School Survey


Number of students
Citywide Average is 615


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2022-23 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

How many students were suspended?
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
From the 2022-23 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
Years of principal experience at this school
Citywide Average is 7
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
Citywide Average is 191
How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
Are teachers effective?
From the 2022-23 NYC School Survey, 2022-23 School Quality Guide, 2021-22 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 2023 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


Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science



Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Math or Science

Not offered in 2019-20


Not offered in 2019-20
From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2021-22 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
How many students who have graduated from this high school stay in college for at least 3 semesters?
From the 2020-21 and 2022-23 School Quality Guide

How many graduates who are eligible received Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) funding to attend a NYS college?
This shows how well this school supports low-income students to get funding for college.
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2016-17 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
From the 2022-23 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought to you by Visit Understanding FAFSA for help with the FAFSA and financial aid.
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2024 High School Directory

International High School at Prospect Heights (K98X)

Admissions Method: Screened: Language


From the 2024 High School Directory

Advanced Courses

Algebra II (Advanced Math), Other (College Course [Credited])

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Swimming

Girls PSAL teams

Badminton, Basketball, Cross Country, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams

Cricket, Double Dutch

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Contact & Location


883 Classon Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11225

Trains: 2 Line, 3 Line, 4 Line, 5 Line, FS to Botanic Gardens

Buses: B41, B43, B44-SBS, B45, B48, B49


Principal: Suzannah Taylor

Parent Coordinator: Mariano Munoz


Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Prospect Heights Educational Campus with three other schools

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes

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