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High School for Global Citizenship, The

Grades: 9-12
883 Classon Avenue
Brooklyn NY
Phone: 718-230-6300

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) 

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School Stats

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

Is this school safe and well-run?

From 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
82% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
48% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
41% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
67% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2019-20 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
38% Citywide Average

For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

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.


Language Courses


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
NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location


Crown Heights (District 17)
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


Michelle Rochon
Parent Coordinator
Kimberly Ray

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the Prospect Heights Educational Campus with three other schools
Metal detectors?

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