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School of the Future Brooklyn

Grades: 6-8
574 Dumont Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11207
Phone: 718-345-5190

Our Insights

What’s Special

Modeled on popular Manhattan school of same name.

The Downside

Students don’t feel challenged.

The School of the Future Brooklyn, opened in 2013, was designed to replicate the success of the original School of the Future in Manhattan, with classes that focus on “real world problems and solutions,” according to the school’s website.

The tiny East New York school has struggled with low levels of academic achievement, poor attendance and uneven discipline. Students don’t feel challenged, according to a Department of Education evaluation known as the Quality Review.

The school serves a large proportion of children with special needs, students learning English, and students in temporary housing, according to the Comprehensive Educational Plan.

Robert Burnside, a graduate of the principal’s Institute at Bank Street College, became principal in 2017, replacing the founding principal, Sarah Kaufmann, who taught at the original School of the Future in Manhattan. Burnside, a member of the National Alliance of Black School Educators, has long experience in alternative schools in Westchester County where he successfully improved attendance, academic achievement and school climate, according to the school website.

The school shares a building with Brooklyn Gardens Elementary School.

Admissions: District 19 school choice. (Clara Hemphill, web reports, May 2019)

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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?
82% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
52% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
82% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
3% 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?
75% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
37% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
42% Citywide Average

From 2021 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
High School for Public Service: Heroes of Tomorrow, and East New York Family Academy
Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Living Environment

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
32% 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

Average daily attendance
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
23% Citywide Average

From 2020 School Directories

Uniforms required?

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
14% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
15% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
6% Citywide Average

For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Contact & Location


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


Robert Burnside
Parent Coordinator
Ginova Rodriguez

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the building with the Brooklyn Gardens Elementary School
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?

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