Lots of support for students with special needs
Test scores have a ways to go
The School for Human Rights is a safe school that does an impressive job helping students with special needs graduate on time. Test scores have a ways to go but the school boasts good attendance and steady leadership. Almost all teachers would recommend the school to other families.
Founded in 2004, The School for Human Rights serves grades 6-12 and shares the Wingate Educational Complex with three other schools.
It partners with The Advocacy Lab to raise awareness of human rights issues through lessons and school assemblies, studying figures like W.E.B. Du Bois, the civil rights activist and first African American to receive a Ph. D. from Harvard.
Incoming students face challenges. Most enter middle school reading below grade level. Staff members work hard to help them improve. They hold one-on-one meetings with students who consistently fail more than two classes and with students who skip classes. They meet with parents of students at risk of failing. They offer lunch-time tutorials, after school help three times a week and Saturday school.
The principal has an excellent working relationship with the principal of High School for Public Service according to the yearly CEP (comprehensive educational plan). The students share a lunch period, spaces and resources; for example, teens learning to speak English at High School for Public Service attend classes at The School for Human Rights.
Parent are welcome. The school reaches out through programs like Urban Advantage, in which families are given free passes to places like the zoo or the New York Hall of Science. Parents are invited to an annual cultural festival and they may take computer classes at the school.
Students may take advantage of a variety of clubs and activities after school, such as crochet, dance and campus-wide PSAL sports.
Special education: Nearly one-quarter of the children have special needs. Classes that incorporate children with special needs are team-taught by two teachers, one with a special education certification. The school has many extra adults, according to the budget summary, including more than half a dozen personal assistants (paraprofessionals) who work one-on-one with children. A guidance counselor, a social worker, two psychologists and a mediation team help prevent conflicts and provide support.
Admissions: Open enrollment. Priority to continuing 8th graders, then Brooklyn residents. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, September 2018)
Safety & Vibe
Faculty & Staff
Advanced Foreign Language
AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science
AP/IB Math or Science
Programs & AdmissionsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
School for Human Rights D75 Inclusion Program
Human Rights & Technology
In addition to four years of ELA, History, Advanced Math and Science, students are immersed in a multi-year sequence in Web Design & Programming or Computer Science. Students are immersed in diverse technological programs through a balance of classroom instruction and hands-on production. Students are able to put the theory and hands-on-experience into practice. Our technological courses are designed to help teach the technical skills students need to compete in the 21st century.
OfferingsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
Advanced Placement (AP) courses
AP Environmental Science, AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Computer Science Principles
Boys PSAL teams
Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling
Girls PSAL teams
Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Outdoor Track, Rugby, Soccer, Volleyball, Wrestling
Coed PSAL teams
Contact & Location
600 Kingston Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11203
Trains: , to Winthrop St
Buses: B12, B17, B43, B44, B44-SBS, B49
Principal: Natasha Jack
This school shares the George Wingate Educational Campus with two other schools
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Brooklyn, NY 11203
Brooklyn, NY 11203