High School for Youth and Community Development at Erasmus

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

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 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 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 2019-20 School Quality Guide

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
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
68% 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

College and Career Exploration
Admissions Method: Open
Program Description:

This is a program for students to accelerate their completion of their high school requirements. In the 11th grade, students will take AP classes at our school; College Now classes, and internships with partner organizations. In the 20-21 school year, students from partner middle schools will participate in the pilot of our Early High School program, starting in the 8th grade. Interested students will also participate in multiple programs in partnership with SUNY Downstate.

21st Century Design and Communication
Admissions Method: Open
Program Description:

In this program, students follow any of several potential career pathways, participating in learning activities and apprenticeship in the various career fields of advertising, graphic design, coding, public speaking, news/sports casting & writing. Courses beginning in the 9th grade include: Graphic Design 1 & 2, Sportscasting and Sports Writing, Public Speaking, Advertising, Coding, Computer Science and AP Computer Science


Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Environmental Science, AP English Language and Composition, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP Macroeconomics


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, Stunt

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

Contact & Location


Flatbush (District 17)
Trains: B Line, Q Line to Church Ave
Buses: B103, B12, B16, B35, B41, B44, B44-SBS, B49, BM1, BM2, BM3, BM4


Mary Prendergast
Parent Coordinator
Chantal Desdunes

Other Details

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

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