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Brooklyn Generation School

Grades: 9-12
6565 Flatlands Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11236
Phone: 718-968-4200
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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)

 

 

 

 

 

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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe and well-run?

From 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
44%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
81%
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
41%
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
94%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
63%
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2%
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
95%
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
1.6

How do students perform academically?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
77%
82% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
38%
48% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
12%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
62%
67% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
189
Asian
0%
Black
81%
Hispanic
12%
White
5%
Other
3%
Free or reduced priced lunch
77%
Students with disabilities
24%
English language learners
12%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
90%
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
23%
38% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
40%
66% Citywide Average


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Programs & Admissions

From the 2020 High School Directory

Brooklyn Generation School
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Academics

Language Courses

French

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP Chemistry

Sports

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

Canarsie (District 18)
Trains: N/A
Buses: B103, B47, B6, B82

Contact

Principal
Louis Garcia
Parent Coordinator
Robin Simmons

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the South Shore Educational Campus with five other schools
Metal detectors?
Yes

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