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Highland Park Community School

Grades: 6-8
528 Ridgewood Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11208
Phone: 718-235-1785

Our Insights

What’s Special

A principal who was a software engineer

The Downside

Poor attendance

Opened in 2014 in the IS 171 building in Cypress Hills, Highland Park Community School aims to give students a solid background in math, science and engineering through fun projects designed to find solutions to real-world problems.

They may learn to write computer code for video games, or learn why some communities don’t have access to fresh food, or explore the importance of access to clean water, according to the school website.

Principal Jamilah Seifullah was a founding teacher at P-TECH, a Brooklyn high school designed to give students two years of college.  A Bronx native, she was a software engineer at Verizon for eight years before becoming a teacher.

The school faces many challenges. Attendance is poor, and some teachers and students complain about order and discipline. Most students arrive with poor academic skills. However, most teachers say the principal is an effective manager and recommend the school to prospective parents, according to school surveys. 

Admissions: District 19. (Clara Hemphill, web reports, April 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?
32%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
76%
82% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
58%
52% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
64%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
32%
81% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
1%
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?
54%
75% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
5.1

How do students perform academically?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
19%
37% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
31%
42% Citywide Average

From 2018 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
Academy of Innovative Technology, and PROGRESS High School for Professional Careers
Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
English,US History,Algebra I,Living Environment

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
37%
32% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
363
Asian
3%
Black
10%
Hispanic
82%
White
2%
Other
3%
Free or reduced priced lunch
89%
Students with disabilities
19%
English language learners
15%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
92%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
29%
23% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Uniforms required?
Yes

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
2%
14% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
11%
15% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
0%
14% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
0%
6% Citywide Average


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

Contact & Location

Location

Cypress Hills (District 19)
Trains: J Line, Z Line to Crescent St
Buses: B13, Q24, Q56

Contact

Principal
Jamilah Seifullah
Parent Coordinator
Taniesha Henderson

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with IS 171
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No

Zone for the 2019-2020 school year. Call school to confirm.

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