School for Human Rights, The

Grades: 9-12
Staff Pick for Special Ed

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) 




School Stats


How many students graduate in 4 years?
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
Average daily attendance
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey


Number of students
644 Citywide Average


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

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

Faculty & Staff

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
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?
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2019-20 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



Computer Science




Advanced Foreign Language


AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science


AP/IB Math or Science



From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2019-20 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
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?
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2011-12 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
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.


From the 2021 High School Directory

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


600 Kingston Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11203

Trains: 2 Line, 5 Line to Winthrop St

Buses: B12, B17, B43, B44, B44-SBS, B49


Principal: Natasha Jack


Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the George Wingate Educational Campus with two other schools

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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