Brooklyn Community High School for Excellence and Equity

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

Family-friendly, college trips, dance & art

The Downside

Some safety concerns about South Shore building

Brooklyn Generation is a tiny high school that offers a longer school day, college trips for teens (and their parents), and instruction in French, dance and drumming.

Founded in 2007, the school has had ups and downs but has shown improvement in recent years. The graduation rate is rising. Attendance and enrollment are up. Class size is small, with only 20 to 25 children in academic classes. Art, gym and French classes are only slightly larger.

A new mental health clinic on site has been a big help in supporting students, said former principal Louis Garcia, who took the helm in 2018. The school has a partnership with Urban Arts, and has a deepened its focus on science, technology, engineering and math. 

To boost rigor in academics, and get more children ready for college-level work, seniors do research projects that culminate in papers and a presentation, such as a Power Point, or a Town Hall discussion, the principal said. One child studied the water processing station across the street; another looked at factors that impact student motivation. The school launched its first AP biology class in 2018 with nine students.

Garcia is proud of the school’s “four-year conversation” around college. “Many of our students are first generation college contenders,” he said. To alleviate parental concerns about sending their kids away for college, parents are invited to accompany students on an overnight trip to visit SUNY and private colleges in upstate New York.

Further, Brooklyn Generation visits colleges where their own alumni are current students, the principal said. It allows teens to see, “These students look just like me, and are going to look out for me,” he said. Not all children are ready for college and the school tries to help those kids make a plan, too, he said.

The school goes the extra mile to welcome and support all families. The community school director speaks Haitian Creole, the principal said, and the extended day learning coordinator speaks Arabic. The health clinic helps families address needs like substance abuse and stresses that may arise from homelessness. “We’ve been able to be flexible to really address needs that weren’t being met, Garcia said.

BGS is housed in the South Shore Educational Complex. South Shore has worked hard to overcome a stigma as a violent place. School surveys show there are still concerns about discipline and order. Issues arise mostly in the building’s shared spaces, the principal said. “We have six schools,” he explained. “We share a cafeteria, a locker room, entrance and exits.”

Increasingly, the schools are working together to serve all students better. The campus has a new media center and a family welcome center. The music room and auditorium are undergoing renovation.

“For years we were encouraged to be silos,” Garcia said. “Now, we are working to build a campus feel, to work together.”

High achievers may join AP courses anywhere in the building, whether it’s Brooklyn Generation’s own AP biology course, or AP statistics, AP calculus or AP English Literature at another school. PSAL sports are also building-wide.

ADMISSIONS: Educational option, or “Ed Opt,” which means the school seeks a range of low-, average- and high-achieving students. (Lydie Raschka, web reports and principal interview, 2018)

 

 

 

 

 

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
84%
Average daily attendance
 
77%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
66%
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

214
Number of students
624 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
75%
Students with disabilities
 
22%
Multilingual learners
 
11%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
1%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
91%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
25%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
17%
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?
 
83%
3.7
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
51
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
157 Citywide Average

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity


How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
 
94%
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2020-21 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

Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science

 
7%

Physics

Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

 
6%

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
10%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
7%

Music

Not offered in 2019-20
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?
 
24%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
67%
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
38%
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?
 
45%
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2014 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, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) Program

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

S.T.E.A.M. education creates an integrated, innovative and equitable learning environment in every classroom. We use a S.T.E.A.M. approach in order to facilitate learning experiences driven by problem solving, discovery, and exploratory learning. S.T.E.A.M. allows students to connect what they learn with what they see around them and who they are, promotes student readiness for college, prepares them for a 21st century workforce, and provides opportunities for critical and design thinking.

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

French

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Computer Science Principles, AP Human Geography

Boys PSAL teams

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

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Softball, Volleyball

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

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location

Location

6565 Flatlands Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11236

Trains: Transfer to the bus from the L Line, 2 Line & 5 Line from Flatbush Junction

Buses: B103, B47, B6, B82, BM2


Contact

Principal: Louis Garcia

Parent Coordinator: Robin Simmons

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the South Shore Educational Campus with five other schools

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes

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