School for Classics High School

Grades: 9-12
Staff Pick for Special Ed
370 Fountain Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11208
Phone: 718-277-1069

Our Insights

What’s Special

Theater focus; supportive environment

The Downside

Poor attendance, limited resources

A tiny school, School for Classics High School offers a supportive environment, a collaborative staff and the chance for students to perform in theater productions such as Hamlet and Guys and Dolls. Although most students come in with test scores well below the city average, three-quarters graduate in four years.

Across the street from the Cypress Hills public housing development, School for Classics shares a building with a neighborhood middle school, JHS 218 James P. Sinott, and a charter middle school, Invictus Preparatory Charter School. Students say they feel safe in the building, but there are some concerns about the surrounding neighborhood, according to school surveys.

Teachers give the school high marks for its work environment and are overwhelmingly positive about the principal, according to school surveys. Virtually all say they would recommend School for Classics to parents seeking a high school for their child. Teachers work well together, creating a coherent academic program that boosts achievement, according to an educator who visited the school for a Department of Education report called the Quality Review.

Teaching artists work with classroom teachers certified in theater and dance. There are several Advanced Placement classes and student may opt for a science program where they take chemistry, AP Environmental sciences and AP biology. 

 The small size clearly limits students’ options, and many students responding to the survey say the school does not offers enough classes and other activities to keep them interested. There is only one PSAL sport, basketball, with both boys and girls teams, for example.

Attendance is well below average, with almost half of the students missing at least a month of school. Few students are well-prepared for college.

However, a student interviewed by The Bell podcast praised the theater program, which allowed him to act in Hamlet and sing in Guys and Dolls. “We were working from September all through June and it was great,” the student, Noah, said. [school photo from The Bell podcast website]

Special education: The school provides team teaching classes with a mix of general and special education classes. More than a quarter of students are English language learners. The Quality Review said teachers make a special effort to ensure that students with disabilities and those learning English have access to the same curriculum as other students, noting, for example, that teachers in some subjects provide student with material translated into Spanish and Bengali along with glossaries, dictionaries and access to on-line translation tools.

Admission: School for Classics uses the educational option method, designed to admit student with a range of academic abilities, and accepts students from anywhere in New York City. (Gail Robinson, from DOE materials and web reports, October 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 students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
66% Citywide Average
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

Theater Skills
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

We have developed an interesting sequence of theater courses that involve portraying complex characters, scene work, monologues, improvisation, and stage craft. Students begin their high school career with introductory theater classes which progress to the writing, production, and performing of plays and shows.


Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP English Language and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP Psychology


Boys PSAL teams


Girls 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: A Line, C Line to Euclid Ave
Buses: B13, B14, B15, B20, BM5, Q7, Q8


Nicole Tancredi
Parent Coordinator
Ivory Ellison

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the building James P. Sinnott Magnet School for Health and Health Careers and Achievement First Linden Charter School
Metal detectors?

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