Inspiring teachers in school for new immigrants
Metal detectors in the building
Founded in 2004, International High School at Prospect Heights is a small, supportive school for new immigrants. All students do internships in areas of interest and take at least one full year of computer science.
Teachers are happy and effective according to city reports and school surveys. They overwhelmingly recommend the school to other families. Students say they feel safe in class and around the building.
Among students, the level of English and overall education varies: some enter the school already well educated while others have had almost no formal schooling. Not all students graduate on time, and many graduates are not prepared for college, according to Department of Education statistics.
The school is multi-racial, one of two schools in the city that most closely match the demographics of the city as a whole, according to a report from Chalkbeat.
Instead of taking most Regents exams, 11th- and 12th-graders must complete PBATs (performance based assessment tasks) on topics of their choosing, which involve extensive research and reading as well as writing and presenting papers in academic subjects.
The school occupies its own quiet corner of Prospect Heights Educational Complex, overlooking the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Brooklyn Museum across the road.
The school is part of the Internationals Network for Public Schools, which share the mission of teaching newcomers to the United States in small settings.
Students must pass through metal detectors to enter the building. Students may participate in sports teams with other schools in the building. Tutoring, art, chorus and other choices are available after school.
Admissions: The school is open citywide to 9th graders who have arrived in the United States within the previous four years. There has been room for all who applied in recent years. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, December 2018)
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Faculty & Staff
CalculusNot offered in 2019-20
PhysicsNot offered in 2019-20
Advanced Foreign Language
AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science
AP/IB Math or ScienceNot offered in 2019-20
MusicNot offered in 2019-20
Programs & AdmissionsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
International High School at Prospect Heights
OfferingsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
Advanced Placement (AP) courses
AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Computer Science Principles
Boys PSAL teams
Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Swimming
Girls PSAL teams
Badminton, Basketball, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball
Coed PSAL teams
Cricket, Double Dutch
Contact & Location
883 Classon Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11225
Trains: , , , to Franklin Ave; to Botanic Garden
Buses: B41, B43, B44-SBS, B45, B48, B49
This school shares the Prospect Heights Educational Campus with three other schools