High School for Service & Learning at Erasmus

Our Insights

What’s Special

Connection with families

The Downside

Some safety concerns

The High School for Service and Learning, one of five small schools on the Erasmus Hall Campus in Flatbush, provides a personalized approach and an emphasis on service to prepare student for college, career or both.

Although many 9th graders come in with low test scores, students are more likely to graduate on time than those at what the city considers comparable schools. An unusually high number of students unable to complete high school in four years, persist and gain their diplomas a year or two later. 

Parents responding to a Department of Education survey see the school as welcome and communicative. Staff emphasize community ties and are responsive to parent concerns.

Like their counterparts at some other schools on the historic Erasmus campus, many students don’t feel safe outside the building. But a significant number of Service and Learning students also don’t feel safe inside their school.

Service and Learning shares the building with two 6-12 schools, the well-regarded Science, Technology and Research Early College High School, known as STAR and the Academy for College Preparation and Career Development, as well as two more high schools, Academy of Hospitality and Tourism and High School for Youth and Community Development. Sports teams, including a girls’ flag football squad and a co-ed stunt team, take students from all the schools

Special education: Service and Learning offers some ICT (integrated co-teaching) classes as well as self-contained classes. 

Admissions: The school is open to all New York City residents, with priority to Brooklyn students. It typically has room for all who apply and has seats for incoming 10th graders as well. (Gail Robinson, web reports, December 2018)

 

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
84%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
40%
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
 
84%
Average daily attendance
 
81%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
53%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

259
Number of students
644 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
77%
Students with disabilities
 
21%
Multilingual learners
 
14%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
3%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
89%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
25%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
18%
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

School
Citywide
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
 
100%
2.0
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
133
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?
 
80%
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

Calculus

Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science

 
2%

Physics

Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

 
6%

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
16%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
3%

Music

 
44%
From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2019-20 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

School
Citywide
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
 
47%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
84%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
38%
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?
 
48%
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
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

High School for Service & Learning

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

Students are working towards service learning hours that will result in a service learning endorsed diploma. Students have choices in internships that anchor to career path interests.

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

French, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English Literature and Composition, AP Drawing, AP United States History

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

Location

911 Flatbush Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11226

Trains: B Line, Q Line to Church Ave

Buses: B103, B12, B16, B35, B41, B44, B44-SBS, B49, BM1, BM2, BM3, BM4


Contact

Principal: Denese Farkas

Parent Coordinator: David Jerome

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Erasmus Hall Educational Campus with four other schools

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes

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