Academy for Young Writers

Grades: 6-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

Attractive facility; supportive community

The Downside

Far from nearest subway

The Academy for Young Writers is a small, nurturing 6-12 school in an attractive new facility. Students and teachers are on a first-name basis. Each grade has fewer than 100 students, reflecting the administration’s belief that personal relationships play a key role in learning.

Students write in all subject areas as a way to better understand material, retain knowledge and become critical thinkers, according to the school website. Most students enter 6th grade with weak academic skills and middle school test scores, particularly in math, are low. However, most students graduate from high school on time.

The school has stepped up efforts to prepare student for college, according to a Department of Education report called the Quality Review. The school has added more Advanced Placement classes and college trips and visits. It offers financial awareness and college classes that students say help them understand and prepare for the college process.

Teachers and other staff use culturally relevant topics and texts in all subject areas, the report said. For example, 6th-grade math teachers required students to use information from the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., to create a model of a coordinate plane. 

Students are encouraged to speak out and be involved in issues within the school and beyond. Young Writers has been commended for welcoming and supporting LGBT students, and extracurricular activities include a Black Lives Matter Movement as well as more traditional clubs and a few sports.

Young Writers shares its impressive building with another 6-12 school, Spring Creek Community  A downside: It is far from the nearest subway.

Special education: There are integrated co-teaching classes and some students are in small self-contained classes for part of the day. The building is wheelchair accessible.

Admissions: In recent years, the school has had room for all 6th graders who wish to attend. Priority in the high school goes to continuing 8th graders. There is some room for new 9th graders, who are selected using the educational option method designed to admit students with a range of academic abilities. (Gail Robinson, from DOE reports, November 2018)


School Stats


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


Number of students
611 Citywide Average


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

How many students were suspended?
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
Years of principal experience at this school
8 Citywide Average
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
226 Citywide Average

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
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


Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science

Not offered in 2019-20


Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science


AP/IB Math or Science



From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2019-20 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought 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

Academy for Young Writers

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

College preparatory curriculum. Four years of math, science, English and history. Selective courses including writing, computer science, robotics, coding, arts, music, in-school SAT prep, and college counseling.


From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English Language and Composition, AP Biology, AP United States History, AP English Literature and Composition

Boys PSAL teams

Basketball, Bowling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Bowling, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track

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

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location


1065 Elton Street
Brooklyn NY 11208

Trains: N/A

Buses: B13, B20, B6, B83, B84, BM5, Q8


Principal: Aaden Stern

Parent Coordinator: Tara Mann


Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Spring Street Educational Campus with one other school

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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