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Science, Technology and Research Early College High School at Erasmus (STAR)

Grades: 6-12
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911 Flatbush Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11226
Phone: 718-564-2540
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What’s Special

Students take courses at Brooklyn College; CTE program in electrical engineering

The Downside

Pace of academics may be too much for some.

The Science, Technology and Research Early College School at Erasmus (STAR) is a combined middle and high school that gives students a leg up on college. Junior and seniors take courses for free at Brooklyn College with many earning at least a years worth of college credits before graduation. The school has a pleasant environment, accelerated academics and a program in electrical engineering that all students participate in beginning in 8th grade.

There’s a nice vibe and sense of community at STAR. Attendance is very high and students are calm and engaged in their classes. Students feel safe and respected, parents say there’s strong communication between staff and families, and teachers collaborate well, based on responses to the NYC School Survey.  

We observed a mix of teaching methods. Some were traditional and highly structured with students sitting in rows and responding to questions posed by the teacher. In others, group work and student-led discussions were more the norm. For instance, in a 7th grade social studies class students worked reading and discussing a range of topics in European history such as the Renaissance, trade routes and the spread of Christianity. In an Advanced Placement English class, students posed questions to each other and offered insightful comments about a passage from their class-wide reading of Ta-Nehisi Coate’s Between the World and Me.

Instruction is accelerated and the goal is for students to complete all of the required Regents exams by the 10th grade so they are ready to focus on college level work beginning in 11th grade. Many students earn high school credit by the end of 8th grade by taking Regents exams in algebra and living environment; when we visited the school was experimenting with offering the American History and English Regents to 8th-graders too.      

The early college program starts in earnest in 11th grade, though 9th-graders attend six-week-long seminars at Brooklyn College where they spend their entire Fridays sampling courses. Highly motivated juniors and seniors can end up spending most of their time at Brooklyn College taking courses such as psychology, theater, anthropology and advance math and science. The school also offers Advanced Placement courses beginning in the 9th grade.

Two fulltime staffers are located at Brooklyn College to coordinate the early college component and provide support to 11th- and 12th-graders, helping them select classes, communicate with professors and providing tutoring and small group study groups at the college.

All kids are pushed, but not all progress at the same pace. To ensure teachers have time to address the range of skill levels, middle school class sizes in English and math are kept small at roughly 18-20. Struggling students also get extra help on Saturdays. Class assignments are based on student abilities, rather than their age or grade. So, a high school trigonometry class may include some very advanced 8th-graders as well 11th- and 12th-graders who need to shore up their skills.

The electrical engineering program, which starts in 8th grade, is impressive, with two dedicated labs filled with industrial grade equipment. Students enjoy fun, hands-on learning and lots of reinforcement of math, science and coding skills. In an introductory course we observed, 8th-graders seemed engaged and happy as they learned the low-tech skill of stripping wires. “It’s an amazing class,” said one boy. “When I first walked in here I thought I was in an Iron Man movie because of all the technology.“ In high school, students work with the more heavy duty and computerized equipment. 

STAR is housed on few floors in a wing of the Erasmus Hall High School Campus Building. Middle school students have sports teams, band and other after-school activities. High school students may participate in campus-wide PSAL sports and beginning in 9th grade take additional college courses after school in subjects such as culinary arts, engineering and technology through partnership with Brooklyn STEAM.

The school has a college counselor and college office. Many students attend CUNY and SUNY schools and some attend private colleges including Ivy league and other prestigious schools.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school has ICT (Integrated Collaborative Teaching) classes and SETSS.

ADMISSIONS: Admissions is based on a review of grades, test scores, records of attendance and punctuality, an interview as well as an exam (middle school) or writing exercise (high school). Priority to District 17 students for middle school; priority to ongoing students and then to Brooklyn students or residents for high school. (Laura Zingmond, October 2017)

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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?
97%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
86%
84% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
37%
44% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
90%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
100%
83% Citywide Average

From 2016-17 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
0%
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?
84%
74% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
10.0

How do students perform academically?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
61%
35% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
76%
46% Citywide Average

From 2018 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
Science, Technology, and Research Early College High School at Erasmus
Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I, Global History, Living Environment, US History

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
53%
48% Citywide Average
How many students graduate in 4 years?
93%
86% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
78%
59% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
93%
47% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
94%
76% Citywide Average

From 2017 NY State Graduation Outcomes

How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
17%
16% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
576
Asian
4%
Black
77%
Hispanic
13%
White
1%
Other
4%
Free or reduced priced lunch
78%
Students with disabilities
15%
English language learners
1%

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
96%
89% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
9%
33% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Uniforms required?
Yes

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
83%
73% Citywide Average

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
8%
12% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
43%
15% Citywide Average


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Programs & Admissions

Early College
Admissions Method: Screened
Requirements:
  • Attendance
  • Punctuality
  • Course Grades: English (75-100), Math (77-100), Science (75-100), Social Studies (77-100)
  • Standardized Test Scores: English Language Arts (2.8-4.5), Math (3.0-4.5)
  • Individual Interview (on-site)
  • Writing Exercise (on-site)
Program Description:

STAR is a participating Brooklyn STEAM school. The "Brooklyn STEAM Center" is a technical education hub being developed at the Brooklyn Navy Yard that will allow students from eight high schools to participate in a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) program model focused on five industry areas including information technology, media and design, engineering, construction, and culinary arts. Each school year a cohort of 25 9th grade students are selected to participate.

Academics

Language Courses

French, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, 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
Eric Blake
Parent Coordinator
Evan Goldwyn

Other Details

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

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