School for Human Rights, The

Grades: 9-12
Staff Pick for Special Ed
600 Kingston Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11203
Phone: 718-771-4793

Our Insights

What’s Special

Lots of support for students with special needs

The Downside

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) 




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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 2019-20 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

From 2019-20 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 2019-20 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 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
33% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
36% Citywide Average

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
55% Citywide Average
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 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
38% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
66% 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

School for Human Rights D75 Inclusion Program
Admissions Method: D75 Special Education Inclusive Services
Human Rights & Technology
Admissions Method: Open
Program Description:

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.


Language Courses


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


Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools
NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location


Prospect-Lefferts Gardens (District 17)
Trains: 2 Line, 5 Line to Winthrop St
Buses: B12, B17, B43, B44, B44-SBS, B49


Natasha Jack

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the George Wingate Educational Campus with two other schools
Metal detectors?

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