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

Few non-academic electives

Our Review

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)

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

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.

Academics

Language Courses

French, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP English, AP US 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

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: B12, B16, B35, B41, B44, B44-SBS, B49

Contact

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