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What’s Special

Chance for foreign travel

The Downside

Shrinking enrollment

For a tiny school, High School for Global Citizenship has a big vision, offering students a slew of programs and a chance to travel abroad—yet the school has struggled to attract students. 

There are three “ed opt” programs (health professions, computer science, and engineering) in addition to a screened program in engineering. Through partnerships with the STEAM Center and Brooklyn Navy Yard, the school offers CTE courses in film and media, engineering, construction and culinary arts. Other partnerships include Girls Who Code and Black Girls Code. 

Founded in 2004, by Bank Street College of Education graduate Brad Haggerty, the school was designed to emphasize hands-on projects, field trips, guest speakers and service projects. However, enrollment has dropped by half since Haggerty left in 2008 to work for New Visions for Public Schools.

Teachers say the school lacks a unifying vision, according to school surveys, and some students say it can be hard to get the support they need. There are concerns about safety, order and discipline. Incoming 9th graders are invited to participate in a summer bridge program, and to help boost literacy and math skills, students are placed three levels of classes. Those who need the most help are placed in longer English classes that are separated into two parts, one focused on reading, one on writing. 

Global Citizenship is affiliated with a non-profit called Global Kids. A YouTube video shows how Global Kids trainers work with freshmen twice a week to help them make a smooth transition to high school. During their junior or senior years, students at Global Citizenship have the chance to travel overseas; past destinations have included Kenya, Costa Rica and Bosnia. Some students have traveled within the United States to Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia, according to the Comprehensive Educational Plan.

The High School for Global Citizenship is housed in the Prospect Heights Educational campus across the street from the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. It shares the building with two other schools. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, December 2018) 

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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 students with disabilities 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


Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science


AP/IB Math or Science



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

Engineering (K32A)

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

This program is taught by certified Project Lead the Way teachers. Engineering students engage in open-ended problem solving, learn and apply the engineering design process, and use the same industry-leading technology and software as are used in the world's companies. Students are immersed in design as they investigate topics such as ethics, sustainability, mechatronics, forces, structure, aerodynamics, digital electronics, circuit design, manufacture, and the environment.

Biomedical Science (K32B)

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

From the moment students walk into the classroom, they are immersed in the mysterious death of Anna and asked to investigate, document, and analyze evidence to solve the case. Case-based scenarios like this one span all PLTW biomedical science courses. Students explore a range of careers in biomedical sciences as they learn content in the context of real-world, hands-on activities, projects, and problems.

Computer Science (K32C)

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

This program is designed to build student interest and engagement in computer science and prepare more students for great career opportunities that require computational thinking. The program comprises introductory, foundation, and specialty courses.

Brooklyn STEAM Center (K32D)

Admissions Method: Screened

Program Description:

Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) provides a CTE focus on a range of courses in four industry areas: information technology, graphics, engineering, and architecture. The program includes innovative technical training leading to certification and opportunities to earn college credit and will also offer opportunities to complete work-based learning sequences (e.g. internships) to provide pathways to employment and/or post-secondary credentials.


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Language Courses


Advanced Courses

Algebra II (Advanced Math), AP Calculus AB, AP Computer Science A, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Research, AP Seminar, AP United States History, AP World History: Modern, Biology (College Course [Credited]), Comp Sci/Math Tech (College Course [Credited]), ELA (College Course [Credited]), Other (College Course [Credited]), Science (College Course [Credited]), Social Studies (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: Michelle Penn

Parent Coordinator: Kimberly Ray


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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