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

Grades 6-12
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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.

Our Review

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)

About the students

Enrollment
559
Asian
4.7%
Black
81.4%
Hispanic
11.6%
White
1.1%
Other
1.3%
Free or reduced priced lunch
75%
Students with disabilities
11%
English language learners
1%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Erasmus Hall Educational Campus with four other schools
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
Yes
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
80%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
97%
90% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
7%
27% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
93%
75% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
27%
45% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
88%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
63%
49% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
8.0
5.8 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
87%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
100%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
78%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
83%
70% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
97%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
97%
84% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Test scores

How many students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
49%
29% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
61%
38% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 4 dedicated spaces for Music, Theater, Visual arts, and Media arts
This school has 2 licensed arts teacher in Music and Theater

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
82%
68% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
69%
56% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
78%
69% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I, Earth Science
How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
38%
38% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
98%
87% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
Science, Technology and Research Early College HS at Erasmus
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
95%
83% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
9%
13% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
0%
4% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
64%
38% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
87%
48% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
84%
71% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
Average math score for self-contained students
1.86
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.06
2.2 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
72%
67% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
91%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
94%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
94%
89% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Early College
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description

STAR Early College strives to promote and maintain a nurturing and rigorously challenging college oriented learning environment. Star prepares all students to take college courses at Brooklyn College as part of the early college experience and equips students to pursue professional careers in science, mathematics, technology, and related area.

Academics

Language Courses

French, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP U.S. History

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

Double Dutch, Stunt

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Location

911 Flatbush Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11226
Flatbush (District 17)
Trains: 2, 5, B, Q to Church Ave
Buses: B103, B12, B16, B35, B41, B44, B44-SBS, B49, BM1, BM2, BM3, BM4

Contact

Phone
718-564-2540
Principal
Eric Blake
Parent Coordinator
Icon Morgan

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