Clara Barton High School
Training as nursing or dental assistant
A lack of interest among some students
High achievers at Clara Barton take advantage of an honors program in science and math--with double periods and Advanced Placement courses--but the school also has some students who struggle simply to make it to class. Overall, Clara Barton hovers around the city average for graduation rates and college readiness.
The school's centerpiece is its large health career professions program. Students may apply to one of six health majors their junior year: licensed practical nursing, nursing assistant, medical assistant, dental assistant, dental laboratory or vision care technology.
The practical nursing, nurse assistant, dental assistant and vision technology programs all have been approved by the state as licensed career and technical education courses. A bilingual Haitian Creole program prepares students for admission to the health career programs.
A nursing assistant student we spoke with said she enjoyed her classes and the accompanying work at Kingsborough Hospital. "You learn a lot, and its fun," she told us. "When you graduate, you go straight into the field."
Clara Barton also has a business program in which students can work and earn money off campus during their senior year. Another buisness-oriented program provides medical assistant students with the administrative and computer skills required in many medical offices.
Along with its health programs, Clara Barton offers Spanish and French and a number of Advanced Placement classes and arts, including ceramics and dance. There are Barton graduates who become doctors, says Assistant Principal Joseph Scandura, but he adds, "We're much more than just health professions. Kids diversify quite a bit."
For all the schools opportunities, Barton students have complained in various online forums about their fellow students. A majority in the Learning Environment Survey said their classmates did not treat teachers or fellow students with respect. Safety was a moderate concern with 26 percent of students saying they did not feel safe in hallways, bathrooms or locker rooms.
Metal detectors screen all students and visitors. Enrollment has declined in recent years and the school has seen an influx of low-achieving students.
Girls predominate over boys at Clara Barton by a margin of about three to one. The school has boys and girls sports, including varsity basketball, cross country and track. Students must wear uniforms, except for those in the health majors who wear scrubs and professional attire.
Special education: The school has a program in which special ed students are assigned to work in hospitals and is hoping to devise a similar program for students with more severe disabilities.
Admissions: Clara Barton is open to all New York City students. Those applying to the Gateway (Honors) program must have grades of at least 85 in their major middle school subjects and scores of 3 or 4 on the state reading and math tests. Students for the health career profession program are chosen through the Ed. Opt. method and so have varying abilities. Bilingual Haitian Creole students also may apply for the bilingual program. (Gail Robinson, November 2012. Based on interviews at the high school fair.)
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Programs and Admissions
Preparation for entry-level positions in the health field, as well as admission to two- and four-year colleges.
Same program as K50A.
A challenging program that prepares students for college and careers in medicine, dentistry, allied health professions, science, math, and engineering.
American Sign Language, French, Haitian Creole, Spanish
Advanced Placement (AP) courses
AP Computer Science
Boys PSAL teams
Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track
Girls PSAL teams
Basketball, Cross Country, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Softball, Volleyball
Coed PSAL teams
Brooklyn NY 11225