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Multicultural High School

Grades: 9-12
999 Jamaica Avenue
Brooklyn NY
Phone: 718-827-2796

Our Insights

What’s Special

Bilingual instruction in Spanish and English for new immigrants.

The Downside

Some students must leave school to support their families.

Multicultural High School, a small school housed in the Franklin K. Lane building, serves Spanish-speaking students who have been in the United States for less than three years. Newcomers begin their lessons mostly in Spanish and gradually make the transition to English. The goal is to learn English while perfecting and maintaining Spanish.

Attendance is good, students feel safe, and teachers agreed the principal is an effective manager, according to school surveys.

About one-quarter of the students have had their education interrupted in their native countries, and many read at an elementary school level in Spanish. “One of the challenges we face is helping those students learn to read, write, and communicate fluently in both their native language and English,” according to the school’s annual Comprehensive Education Plan.

Another challenge: Many are older than traditional high school students and must leave school to support their families.

Sports teams are shared with the other schools in the Franklin K. Lane building. The school opened in 2007.

ADMISSIONS: The school has two programs, a program for Spanish-speaking students who have lived in the country for less than three years and a bilingual program that mixes English-speaking and Spanish speaking students. (Clara Hemphill, DOE statistics, July 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?
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
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 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 2018-19 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 2018-19 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 2019-20 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

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

From 2020 School Directories

This school offers Transitional Bilingual Education in Spanish.
This school offers Dual Language classes in Spanish.

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018-19 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

Multicultural High School
Admissions Method: Screened: Language
Dual Language Spanish
Admissions Method: Screened: Language
Program Description:

Dual Language programs are designed to integrate English Language Learners with English-proficient students to receive content instruction in English and a target language.


Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Spanish Literature and Culture, AP English Language and Composition, AP Seminar, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Chemistry


Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Football, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Swimming, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Bowling, Indoor Track, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams

Cricket, Golf

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

Contact & Location


Forest Park (District 19)
Trains: J Line, Z Line to Elderts Lane-75th St
Buses: B13, Q56


Alexandra Hernandez
Parent Coordinator
Denisse Velasquez Del P

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school sharse the Franklin K. Lane Educational Campus with four other schools
Metal detectors?

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