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High School for Medical Professions

Grades: 9-12
1600 Rockaway Parkway
Brooklyn NY 11236
Phone: 718-290-8700

Our Insights

What’s Special

Internships and community service at local nursing home, medical facilities and hospitals

The Downside

Few elective classes

Students at the High School for Medical Professions (HSMP) learn about health professions through field trips, hands-on projects and internships. Students also volunteer at nearby hospitals and nursing homes. The school’s graduation rate exceeds the citywide average, including for those with special needs and who are learning English.

All students take a course in health career explorations and classwork incorporates hands-on projects, such as learning CPR and studying physiology by dissecting animal organs. Beyond that, students' main exposure to health professions is through community service and some field trips to places such as DNA labs and hospitals. Ninth through 11th-graders complete their mandatory community service at nursing homes; seniors do theirs at hospitals.

To bolsters students’ writing skills, the school uses a structured program called the Hochman Method. Teachers in all subjects use this writing method, which means they use the same language and practices whether it’s a math teacher discussing how students should explain their approach to solving a problem or a history teacher critiquing essays.

Students participate in daily advisory groups lead by a teacher who keeps tabs on students’ academic and social-emotional growth by helping them develop skills in time management, decision-making, and goal-setting.

HSMP adopted a restorative justice program, which aims to minimize suspensions and promote positive behavior among students through conversation, reflection and corrective action. In addition to the advisory groups, teachers lead “circles,” small student groups that focus on building trust and addressing problems before they escalate.

There are few elective classes beyond Advanced Placement courses in the upper grades.

Pauline O’Brien became principal in 2014, replacing the school’s founding principal, Joseph Scarmato, who left to take the helm at Tottenville High School. Previously, O’Brien was an assistant principal at the school and a special education teacher.

HSMP opened in 2008 and is housed in the Canarsie Educational Campus building, which it shares with the Urban Action Academy and the High School for Innovation in Advertising and Media. Students in all schools may participate in campus-wide sports teams.

ADMISSIONS: Admission is based on the educational option formula, which is designed to admit a mix of low-, average- and high-achieving students. (Laura Zingmond, web reports, December 2018; photo from school's website)


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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 2019-20 NYC School Survey

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

From 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

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

How do students perform academically?

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

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

Who does this school serve?

From 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

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

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

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

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

High School for Medical Professions
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

Our program utilizes many partnerships with community based organizations to provide exposure to different healthcare professions. Overall academic performance will determine the access to these opportunities for individual students.


Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP World History: Modern, AP Statistics, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP Biology, AP Psychology


Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Football, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball, Wrestling

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools
NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location


Canarsie (District 18)
Trains: L Line to Canarsie-Rockaway Parkway
Buses: B103, B17, B42, B6, B60, B82, BM2


Pauline Obrien
Parent Coordinator
Maryann Ruggiero

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the Canarsie Educational Campus with two other schools
Metal detectors?

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