Medgar Evers College Preparatory School

Grades 6-12
Noteworthy
1186 Carroll Street
Brooklyn NY 11225
Phone: 718-703-5400
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What’s Special

Fast-paced academics for hard-working kids

The Downside

Some may prefer less test prep, more class discussion

Medgar Evers College Preparatory School offers a super-fast-paced curriculum, a wide array of Advanced Placement classes, and an unusually large program devoted to the study of Mandarin. A source pride in the African-American community, this combined middle and high school sends its graduates both to the Ivy League and to historically black colleges such as Howard University and Spelman College.

Longtime Principal Michael Wiltshire boasts that children begin their high school studies almost soon as they arrive in 6th grade; many pass Regents exams in Algebra 1, Geometry, Living Environment, US History and Global History before they finish 8th grade. By the time they get to 10th grade, they have finished their high school requirements, says Wiltshire, who has a doctorate in math education. That gives students ample time to take Advanced Placement classes (21 are offered) or classes at Medgar Evers College next door; some even earn an associates degree.

All 6th, 7th and 8th graders take Mandarin, and many continue in the high school. There are four Chinese teachers who offer what Wiltshire calls the largest non-heritage Mandarin program in the citythat is, a program for students who are not of Chinese ancestry. At the time of our visit, 10 students had just won scholarships from the Asia Society to study in Beijing for the summer.

Students in grades 6 to 9 commit to a six-week long summer school, which is designed to give them a head start on their demanding studies. Children typically have two to three hours of homework a night and some attend extra tutoring sessions after school and on Saturday.

On our visit, we saw a lively Chinese class in which children sang songs in Mandarin. A drama class recited Gwendolyn Brooks poem "We Real Cool". A physics class studied resistance and circuits. A history class discussed Americas disillusionment after World War I. An English class read excerpts from the Hindu epic Mahabharata. Most of the classes have desks in rows, with the teacher at the front delivering instruction.

"We really are a traditional high school," says Wiltshire.

The schools strength is in math and science, with AP classes offered in physics, chemistry, environmental science, calculus, statistics and computer science. The high school math and science classes are organized so that each teacher has three sections, or about 100 students in total, rather than the five sections of 34 students typical in high school. In history and English, most teachers have four sections of 34 children, and, like a lot of public schools, they dont assign many long writing projects because their student load is high. On the positive side, AP classes are much smaller.

One parent complained that the school is too focused on memorization and test prep, without a chance for analysis and class discussions, especially in the humanities. Many of the readings involve worksheets and brief excerpts of books, rather than full texts.

Wiltshire says the staff is introducing time for children to read novels or other books for pleasure each day; teachers are also looking for ways to introduce more writing, more research and more critical thinking into the curriculum.

Housed in a cinderblock and concrete building adjacent to the Medgar Evers College campus, the schools facilities are clean and bright. There are portable classrooms adjacent to the main building. Classrooms are mostly bare; teachers travel from room to room and generally aren't assigned their own rooms which they can furnish with books and supplies. Classrooms have college-style seating, with chairs equipped with armrests rather than desks. There is no auditorium.

For physical education, middle school students take dance in a mirrored dance studio. There is no gym. High school sports take place on the college campus.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school has limited special education services. In recent years, the Department of Education has assigned 9th grade students with special needs, including some who read at a 5th grade level, to the high school outside of the regular admissions process. Wiltshire said the staff is still grappling with how best to serve them.

ADMISSIONS: There are 120 seats in 6th grade, and the school expands to serve 240 in the 9th grade. While most come from Brooklyn, some come from southeast Queens, taking the Long Island Railroad to Atlantic Avenue and then the subway. The kids who do well are the ones who have a sense of independence and maturity, says Wiltshire. The school looks not only at grades and test scores but also attendance, punctuality, special artistic or athletic talents, and parents level of commitment--needed to ensure get kids to school on time and help with the heavy homework load. Parents and children are interviewed and children are given a diagnostic test. (Clara Hemphill, April 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 2016-17 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
69%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
75%
84% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
51%
44% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
85%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
93%
83% Citywide Average

From 2015-16 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 2016-17 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
85%
74% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
15.9

How do students perform academically?

From 2017 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
78%
29% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
84%
39% Citywide Average

From 2018 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
Medgar Evers College Preparatory School
Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I, Algebra II, Chemistry, English, Geometry, Global History, Living Environment, Physics, US History

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
94%
37% Citywide Average
How many students graduate in 4 years?
98%
85% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
83%
51% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
81%
49% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
86%
74% Citywide Average

From 2017 NY State Graduation Outcomes

How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
46%
16% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2017-18 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
1257
Asian
2%
Black
88%
Hispanic
5%
White
1%
Other
4%
Free or reduced priced lunch
67%
Students with disabilities
7%
English language learners
0%

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
97%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
6%
20% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Uniforms required?
Yes

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2016-17 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
75%
73% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
86%
73% Citywide Average


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Directory Details

Programs and Admissions

Math and Technology
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description

Three years of computer science or information technology leading to A+/and or Networking Certification and internships. Excel Program leads to Dual Enrollment at Medgar Evers College.

Science and Research
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description

Students must complete a research project for submission to a major science competition and take AP and/or undergraduate courses in science and research.

Academics

Language Courses

French, Mandarin, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Comparative Government and Politics, AP Computer Science, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP Human Geography, AP Physics, AP Spanish, AP Statistics, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP U.S. History, AP World History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Swimming

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Cross Country, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Swimming, Volleyball

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on the NYCDOE’s School Finder
NYC Department of Education: School Finder

Contact & Location

Location

Crown Heights (District 17)
Trains: 2 Line, 5 Line to President St; 3 Line to Nostrand Ave; 4 Line, S Line to Franklin Ave
Buses: B43, B44, B44-SBS, B45, B48, B49

Contact

Principal
Michael Wiltshire
Parent Coordinator
Yvonne Lowe

Other Details

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No

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