The High School for Global Citizenship

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

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. 

Admissions: There has been room for all applicants in recent years. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, December 2018) 

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
87%
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
 
90%
Average daily attendance
 
94%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
13%
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

225
Number of students
624 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
88%
Students with disabilities
 
20%
Multilingual learners
 
6%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
0%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
93%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
15%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
9%
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

School
Citywide
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
 
69%
11.1
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
222
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
157 Citywide Average

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity


How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
 
85%
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2020-21 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 NY State Report Card, 2021 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

Calculus

Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science

Not offered in 2019-20

Physics

Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
66%

AP/IB Math or Science

Not offered in 2019-20

Music

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From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2019-20 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

School
Citywide
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
 
46%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
69%
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
81%
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
How many graduates of this school received Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) funding to attend a NYS college?
 
47%
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2014 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

Engineering

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

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

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

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.

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

French

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Seminar, AP World History: Modern, AP Research, AP English Literature and Composition

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

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

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Contact & Location

Location

883 Classon Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11225

Trains: 2 Line, 3 Line, 4 Line, 5 Line to Franklin Ave; S Line to Botanic Gardens

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


Contact

Principal: Michelle Rochon

Parent Coordinator: Kimberly Ray

Website

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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