Focus on health careers and internship opportunities
Attendance and graduation rates are below the citywide average
World Academy for Total Community Health (WATCH) High School is a CTE (career and technical education) school that introduces students to a range of health careers through partnerships with local organizations and colleges.
In 2013 current principal Claudette Christie replaced longtime principal Kim Wanliss. Christie was previously assistant principal. She maintains that all adults at WATCH go the extra mile to support students and improve the school. "I clean classrooms, pick up garbage, do book clubs.... We do whatever needs to be done to keep the school in order," Christie says.
WATCH is located in the Thomas Jefferson Educational Campus in East New York. Although attendance has been slowly improving, it remains below the citywide average, and more than half the student body is chronically absent. There is an attendance teacher who is in charge of completing home visits in order to address this. According to the school's Quality Review, WATCH has embraced a new approach to discipline, aiming to implement more restorative methods rather than relying on detentions and suspensions.
Academically, there are three different areas of focus: Medical Science, Certified Nursing Assistant, and Sports Management. The school offers several Advanced Placement courses in subjects such as English literature, English composition, biology and calculus. Students can also take college courses for free at the Medgar Evers Pipeline Program and Berkeley College.
Students get additional help after the end of the regular school day. WATCH collaborates with a range of organizations such as Brownsville Multi-Service Family Health Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering to provide support services as well as school-year and summer internship opportunities.
After school, students may participate in clubs and activities such as choir, swimming (in an on-site pool) and building-wide sports teams.
SPECIAL EDUCATION: WATCH has ICT (integrated co-teaching) classes and para-professionals who support students with particular needs. (Ella Colley, April 2015; updated by Katharine Safter, via web reports, 2018)
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Faculty & Staff
CalculusNot offered in 2019-20
Computer ScienceNot offered in 2019-20
PhysicsNot offered in 2019-20
Advanced Foreign Language
AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science
AP/IB Math or Science
Programs & AdmissionsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
CNA Certified Nursing Assistant Program
CTE Curriculum provides a pathway for students to transition from high school to post secondary opportunities in health careers. Students will engage in hands-on experience by providing patients with health care needs in various medical settings through clinical internship programs.
Students will discover the science of protecting and improving the health of the entire population. The goal is to acquire the knowledge to address concerns within the physical environment, research and investigate risk factors, providing motivations for changes in lifestyles, and develop services for the maintenance of healthy lifestyles. Students will engage in service learning opportunities to further their interest in careers such as public health administration and health care.
OfferingsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
Advanced Placement (AP) courses
AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Biology
Boys PSAL teams
Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Volleyball
Girls PSAL teams
Basketball, Flag Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Volleyball
Coed PSAL teams
Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools
Contact & Location
400 Pennsylvania Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11207
Trains: to Pennsylvania Ave; to Livonia Ave
Buses: B14, B15, B20, B83
Principal: Saby Malary
Parent Coordinator: Nichole DouglasWebsite
This school shares the Thomas Jefferson Educational Campus with three other schools
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