Chance for foreign travel
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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Faculty & Staff
CalculusNot offered in 2019-20
Computer ScienceNot offered in 2019-20
PhysicsNot offered in 2019-20
Advanced Foreign LanguageNot offered in 2019-20
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
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.
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.
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
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.
OfferingsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
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
Contact & Location
883 Classon Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11225
Trains: , , , to Franklin Ave; to Botanic Gardens
Buses: B41, B43, B44-SBS, B45, B48, B49
This school shares the Prospect Heights Educational Campus with three other schools