Medgar Evers College Preparatory School

Grades: 6-12
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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)

 

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
96%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
73%
Average daily attendance
 
94%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
17%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

1505
Number of students
631 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
74%
Students with disabilities
 
7%
Multilingual learners
 
0%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
0%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
100%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
22%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
18%
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

School
Citywide
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
 
65%
20.0
Years of principal experience at this school
8 Citywide Average
435
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
226 Citywide Average

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity


How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
 
75%
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2019-20 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 NY State Report Card, 2021 Guidance Counselor Report and this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Advanced Courses

Which students have access to advanced courses at this school? Learn more

Calculus

 
27%

Computer Science

 
26%

Physics

 
30%

Advanced Foreign Language

 
15%

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
100%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
87%

Music

 
69%
From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2019-20 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

School
Citywide
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
 
89%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
98%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
72%
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
How many graduates of this school received Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) funding to attend a NYS college?
 
36%
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2011-12 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

Science, Math and Technology

Admissions Method: Screened

Program Description:

Math and Technology path: 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 path: students must complete a research project for submission to a major science competition and take AP and/or undergraduate courses in science and research.

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

French, Mandarin, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP World History: Modern, AP English Language and Composition, AP Statistics, AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Computer Science A, AP Chinese Language and Culture, AP Chemistry, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP Calculus AB, AP Research, AP Biology, AP Drawing, AP Human Geography, AP Calculus BC, AP Physics C: Mechanics, AP Physics 1, AP Environmental Science, AP Seminar, AP United States History, AP Computer Science Principles

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

Coed PSAL teams

Cricket

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Contact & Location

Location

1186 Carroll Street
Brooklyn NY 11225

Trains: 2 Line, 5 Line to President St; 3 Line to Nostrand Ave; 4 Line to Franklin Ave; S Line to Botanic Gardens

Buses: B43, B44, B44-SBS, B45, B48, B49


Contact

Principal: Michael Wiltshire

Parent Coordinator: Yvonne Lowe

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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