High graduation rate, robotics, swimming
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.
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)
Safety & Vibe
Faculty & Staff
CalculusNot offered in 2019-20
Advanced Foreign Language
AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science
AP/IB Math or Science
MusicNot offered in 2019-20
Programs & AdmissionsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
It Takes A Village Academy
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.
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
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.
OfferingsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
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
Contact & Location
5800 Tilden Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11203
Buses: B17, B35, B46, B47, B7, B8
This school shares the Samuel J. Tilden Educational Campus with two other schools
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Brooklyn, NY 11203
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