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High School for Youth and Community Development at Erasmus

Grades: 9-12
911 Flatbush Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11226
Phone: 718-564-2470
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Our Insights

What’s Special

Instruction offered in music, theater, film, digital media and visual arts

The Downside

Few student take advanced coursework

The High School for Youth and Community Development (YCD) is a small school on the Erasmus Hall Educational Campus, which offers students instruction in visual arts, film, digital media, music and theater.

Students may sing in the chorus, learn to play keyboards and produce music in a recording studio. They create web-based documentary films through a partnership with the Educational Video Foundation and learn computer coding and web design. Students display their artwork in galleries and well as government and corporate offices. They also participate in the annual Shakespeare Festival at the Lucille Lortel Theatre.

YCD’s overall graduation and college readiness rates run average for the city. However, few students take advanced coursework in the upper grades and many graduates enroll but do not stay in college. To push students further and help more prepare for college, the school provides extra academic and college admissions guidance beginning in 9th grade through a partnership with CAMDA College Express and a grant from GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs).

Those ready for the challenge may take campus-wide Advanced Placement courses. The administration and teachers are redesigning math instruction to help get more students ready to take calculus by their senior year, according to YCD’s Comprehensive Educational Plan.

Counseling, mediation and other social services are offered to students and families through a partnership with Counseling in Schools.

Incoming freshman participate in a summer orientation session.

YCD students may participate in campus-wide PSAL sports teams. The Brooklyn College Community Partnership provides arts and sports programs, as well as SAT prep and tutoring to all students on the Erasmus campus.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: There are ICT (integrated co-teaching) classes.

ADMISSIONS: Priority to Brooklyn students or residents. The school does not consider grades or test scores in admissions. (Laura Zingmond, 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 2017-18 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
84%
77% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
87%
85% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
47%
36% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
88%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
84%
81% Citywide Average

From 2016-17 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
4%
3% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
77%
74% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
13.3

How do students perform academically?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
82%
80% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
42%
44% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
21%
39% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
51%
66% Citywide Average

From 2017 NY State Graduation Outcomes

How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
1%
13% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2017-18 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
480
Asian
3%
Black
78%
Hispanic
16%
White
3%
Other
1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
83%
Students with disabilities
23%
English language learners
11%

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
85%
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
42%
38% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
65%
63% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
80%
68% Citywide Average


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

Programs & Admissions

Arts
Admissions Method: Open
Program Description:

Students create a web-based portfolio in fine arts, performing arts, spoken word, playwriting, screenwriting, and photography.

Media
Admissions Method: Open
Program Description:

Students create a web-based portfolio in film/video production, web design, digital short films. Focus on web 2.0 media.

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP English Language and Composition, AP Macroeconomics, AP U.S. Government and Politics

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Volleyball, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Flag Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Softball, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams

Cricket, Double Dutch, Stunt

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

Contact & Location

Location

Flatbush (District 17)
Trains: 2 Line, 5 Line, B Line, Q Line to Church Ave
Buses: B103, B12, B16, B35, B41, B44, B44-SBS, B49

Contact

Principal
Mary Prendergast
Parent Coordinator
CHANTAL DESDUNES

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Erasmus Hall Educational Campus with four other schools
Metal detectors?
Yes

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