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World Academy for Total Community Health High School (WATCH)

Grades: 9-12
400 Pennsylvania Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11207
Phone: 718-688-7980

Our Insights

What’s Special

Focus on health careers and internship opportunities

The Downside

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.

ADMISSIONS: Open to all New York City students. (Ella Colley, April 2015; updated by Katharine Safter, via web reports, 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 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 English language learners graduate in 4 years?
68% 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

CNA Certified Nursing Assistant Program
Admissions Method: Open
Program Description:

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.

Medical Science
Admissions Method: Open
Program Description:

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.


Language Courses


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
NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location


East New York (District 19)
Trains: 3 Line to Pennsylvania Ave; L Line to Livonia Ave
Buses: B14, B15, B20, B83


Claudette Christie
Parent Coordinator
Nichole Douglas

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the Thomas Jefferson Educational Campus with three other schools
Metal detectors?

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