It Takes a Village Academy

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

High graduation rate, robotics, swimming

The Downside

Kids complain about safety in the locker rooms.

It Takes A Village Academy has a high graduation rate and is particularly known for helping new immigrants graduate on time, even if they had limited schooling in their home country. Many children speak Haitian or French at home; others speak Arabic and Spanish.

The school, housed in the Samuel J. Tilden Educational Campus, gets good marks for its high expectations, its positive culture and its success in preparing students for college, according to the city’s Quality Review. However, some students complain about safety in the bathrooms and locker rooms, according to school surveys. 

In one troubling incident in the fall of 2017, four students complained that older students touched them inappropriately in the boys' locker room, police said. Principal Marina Vinitskaya was removed for failing to report the incident to authorities, and three students were suspended. 

Sybil Girard took over as principal in November 2017. She was formerly assistant principal at Academy for Conservation and the Environment, a tiny school in the South Shore Educational Campus.

It Takes A Village offers French- and Spanish-language instruction and several Advanced Placement courses. The school day is longer than usual, lasting from 8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Newcomers may choose from three programs: It Takes a Village Academy is the largest, with a science and math focus; Engineering Academy has a computer and technology theme; and Science Institute prepares students for careers in health professions.

Students are encouraged to participate in campus-wide Tilden athletics. Students in the Robotics Program at Brooklyn College participate in U.S. National competitions. There is a swimming pool on site. Teens may learn to swim and earn a Red Cross lifeguard certification. Other perks of the large campus include a renovated playing field, well-kept gymnasiums and a refurbished auditorium.

ADMISSIONS: Students must apply to each program separately. Admissions decisions are based on the educational option formula, which is designed to attract a mix of low-, average- and high-performing students. About a dozen 10th grade seats have been available in each program in previous years. (Lydie Raschka, web reports and DOE data, January 2018) 

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
86%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
75%
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
 
83%
Average daily attendance
 
88%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
32%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2019-20 NYC School Survey

Students

486
Number of students
644 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
76%
Students with disabilities
 
19%
Multilingual learners
 
14%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
1%
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
 
35%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
69%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
63%
From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

School
Citywide
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
 
42%
1.0
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
124
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
157 Citywide Average
How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
 
85%
From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey, 2019-20 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 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

Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science

 
6%

Physics

 
14%

Advanced Foreign Language

 
19%

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
30%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
9%

Music

Not offered in 2019-20
From unpublished, anonymized data from the class of 2019-20 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?
 
62%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
64%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
48%
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?
 
19%
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
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

It Takes A Village Academy

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

Students are exposed to variety of math and science programs. Most programs are technology based. All students take technology classes starting with grade 9 through grade 12. Students use variety of programs to study mathematics, sciences, art (visual arts), literature, social studies, and foreign languages.

Engineering Academy

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

This program equips students interested in Engineering and Technology with career-ready skills such as computer literacy, computer science programming, engineering design, maintenance skills, knowledge of programming language and the ability to create computer programs. Through our partnership with the Amazon Future Engineer Program, we have a comprehensive student-to-career program to inspire, educate and train students to pursue careers in engineering.

Medical Professions & Science Academy

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

This Program prepares students for college and careers in Medicine, Dentistry, Ophthalmology, Pharmacy, Nursing, Allied Health Professions, Science and Math. Through our partnership with Long Island University (LIU), Department of Medical Professions, students will take college credit-bearing courses at LIU and get hands-on training through internships at local hospitals, medical facilities and Science Laboratories.

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

French, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP United States History, AP English Literature and Composition, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP World History: Modern, AP English Language and Composition, AP Computer Science Principles

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Swimming, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Flag Football, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Swimming, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams

Stunt

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location

Location

5800 Tilden Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11203

Trains: N/A

Buses: B17, B35, B46, B47, B7, B8


Contact

Principal: Victor Frias

Parent Coordinator: Charmaine Dixon

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Samuel J. Tilden Educational Campus with two other schools

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes

You may also like …

School for Human Rights, The

600 Kingston Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11203

High School for Public Service: Heroes of Tomorrow

600 Kingston Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11203

Comments

  • Is this your school? Please post any news, updates, events, changes, or other information!
  • We welcome questions, open discussions, and disagreements but comments with personal attacks, rude language, or those with seemingly malicious intent will be deleted.
  • Very long comments, those that contain links, or repeat comments may be blocked by our spam filter.
  • Problems? email us at [email protected].
  • Users must comply with our Terms of Use.

×