Science, Technology and Research Early College High School at Erasmus (STAR)
Students take courses at Brooklyn college; CTE program in electrical engineering
Few non-academic electives
The Science, Technology and Research Early College School at Erasmus (STAR) is a combined middle and high school that has high academic standards and excellent graduation and college attendance rates. The school draws many students from the nearby Caribbean community of East Flatbush and most of the teachers and staff reflect the "no nonsense, but in your corner" values of that community. Students take free courses at Brooklyn College and many graduate with 30 to 60 college credits.
STAR was founded in 2003 in partnership with Brooklyn College and the City University of New York's Gateway Institute. It focuses on preparing high school students to do college-level academics in all grades, across subject areas. Most students arrive in 6th grade and stay through high school graduation. The school makes good use of its 6-12 structure. High school students serve as buddies to middle schools students, helping them with reading and academics. There are also "mixed" classes in subject areas like math and science that are based on student abilities, not their age. For instance a high school geometry class may include some very advanced 8th-graders as well students in 9th, 10th and higher grades.
Middle school is accelerated so that students take their Regents exams in algebra, Spanish and Living Environment in 7th and 8th grade. The goal is for students to complete most or all of the required Regents courses by the 10th grade so they are ready to take college courses beginning in 11th grade. Highly motivated juniors and seniors can end up spending a lot of time at Brooklyn College taking courses such as psychology, theater, anthropology and advance math and science. The school also offers some Advanced Placement courses to accommodate students who are up to the challenge of college-level workn, but not the travel to Brooklyn College.
While most students take at least one course at Brooklyn College before graduation, not all keep up with the accelerated pace in high school. To accommodate all students needs, the high school grades are structured to allow individuals to pursue different paths and progress at different rates. Every student has a unique program. Some students may start the day at STAR with their chosen academic classes or gym, and then head to Brooklyn College, others do the reverse, and still others stay at STAR for the full day.
The school also introduced a CTE-certified program in electrical installation and equipment. Select students who complete the full CTE program taught in new, state-of-the-art labs, will be eligible for paid apprenticeships with the MTA after graduation.
There are very few non-academic elective classes. Middle students have art and music instruction and learn French. In high school, French and Spanish are taught in traditional classes and other languages can be studied online
STAR is housed on few floors in a wing of the Erasmus Hall High School Campus building. Middle school students can participate in C.H.A.M.P.S. sports teams and other after school activities. High school students Students can participate in campus-wide PSAL sports. STAR students have lockers.
The school is near the "A" and "C" subway stops and easily accessible by bus.
The school has a college counselor and college office. Many students attend CUNY and SUNY schools and some attend private colleges including high prestigious schools such as Dartmouth and Cornell.
Special education: The school has very few students with special needs and has very limited special education services.
Admissions: For middle school: priority to District 17 students or residents and then to Brooklyn students or residents. Middle school admissions decisions are based on range of criteria including attendance record, test scores, student interview, writing sample and attendance at an open house. For the high school: Priority to continuing 8th-graders, then to Brooklyn students or residents and then students citywide. High school admissions decisions are based on range of criteria including attendance record, grades, test scores, student interview and writing sample. Typically 70 percent of middle school students stay for high school. (Jacquie Wayans, April 2012, updated by Laura Zingmond, March 2014)
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Starting in the 11th grade, students begin to take college courses at Brooklyn College and other CUNY colleges in pathways of science and non-science subjects. Students can earn 30 to 60 college credits related to core college pathways.
Advanced Placement (AP) courses
AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP English, AP US Government and Politics
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