Multicultural High School

Grades: 9-12

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)

 

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
66%
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
 
81%
Average daily attendance
 
90%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
29%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2019-20 NYC School Survey

Students

284
Number of students
644 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
87%
Students with disabilities
 
1%
Multilingual learners
 
87%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
1%
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
 
85%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
85%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
43%
From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

School
Citywide
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
 
85%
8.9
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
95
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
157 Citywide Average
How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
 
48%
Are teachers effective?
From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey, 2019-20 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 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

Calculus

Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science

Not offered in 2019-20

Physics

Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

 
71%

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
100%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
33%

Music

 
13%
From unpublished, anonymized data from the class of 2019-20 provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

School
Citywide
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
 
8%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
72%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
60%
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2011-12 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to 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

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.

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

Spanish

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

Location

999 Jamaica Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11208

Trains: J Line, Z Line to Elderts Lane-75th St

Buses: B13, Q56


Contact

Principal: Alexandra Hernandez

Parent Coordinator: Denisse Velasquez Del P

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Franklin K. Lane Educational Campus with four other schools

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes

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